To decent human beings, death is a tragedy. To authoritarian regimes, it’s a strategy.
Among oppressive regimes in today’s world, only a few are as ruthless in using state sponsored violence as Saudi Arabia. In addition to public executions, the regime also routinely tortures and kills in secret.
But in the case of Jamal Khashoggi, an operation to kidnap, or more likely murder, meant to be carried out in secret was brought to public attention worldwide through digital media. The resulting global outrage led Time magazine to suggest that the incident has the power to “upend the Middle East.”