Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Greg Norman says ‘we all make mistakes’ on murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Greg Norman hit a staggering new low Wednesday when the golfer decided to talk about criticism of the Saudi Arabian government as part of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, which he is an organizer of. . The league’s goal is to wrest control of international golf from the PGA Tour, but more importantly, it is part of a campaign to purge the country’s sports, using major international events to deflect the impact of human rights atrocities in the country.

Norman spoke at a LIV-sponsored event in England and plunged into the room with an elephant, human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

“The whole thing about Saudi Arabia and Khashoggi and human rights, talk about it, but also talk about the good things this country has done to change its culture. Look, we all make mistakes and you just want to learn from them, and how to correct them in the future,”

To be clear: Norman’s advice is no Talking about human rights abuses without discussing cultural change, and ordering the murder of a journalist inside an embassy to take a life for criticizing a regime is a mistake that can somehow be “corrected” going forward.

While Norman gleefully accepted his hard-earned money, he suggested that critics just need to move on.

“I haven’t had a personal conversation with MBS (Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman), I’ve never met this guy, but at the same time I do read that the Saudi government has made statements and comments that they want to move forward.”

Norman, although he has read the Saudi government’s position on this issue, perhaps he has not read the intelligence reports of the international community? A 2021 report released by the Biden administration stated unequivocally that Muhammad bin Salman directly ordered the detention or killing of Khashoggi.

“We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to arrest or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”

These are the terms Norman is willing to accept. Of course, he is involved in a campaign to improve the Saudi regime’s perception abroad and cover up its human rights abuses, but it’s all about the money — and for those involved in LIV, that trumps everything else. The LIV League will offer huge bonuses and unprecedented bonuses to golfers willing to forgo the PGA Tour in an attempt to compete for control of international golf.

When it comes to fortunes being thrown away, people like Greg Norman have no room for criticism. The ends justify the means, no matter how dirty or gross along the way.


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