The similarities of the two killings are striking. Finucane was shot while he dined at Sunday dinner with his family. His torso was riddled with bullets and face unrecognizable. Khashoggi was to pick up marriage documents at the Consulate and was tortured and dismembered within minutes of entering. His body parts have not been found.
A voice for the reform of Islam, Khashoggi was viewed as a threat to the monarchy by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Finucane’s legal skills challenged the sectarian garrison known as Northern Ireland and the draconian rule of Prime Minister Thatcher.
Britain’s MI-5 agent Brian Nelson hired loyalist sociopath thugs to kill Finucane so as to protect the “suits” that ordered the hit. The Saudi Prince appears a rank amateur in murder compared to the British. The death squad of near 20 that butchered Khashoggi were Saudi soldiers on a business-like mission complete with bone-saw. All are closely linked to him.
Both men viewed America as pivotal to achieving change in their respective ‘Kingdoms’ and spent time traveling around America: Finucane to expose the injustice and lawlessness of NI and Khashoggi to call for reforms of the Arabian monarchy and its Muslim policies. America let down Finucane and may do the same to Khashoggi.
There are key differences in the circumstances of the two killings. The British government’s manipulation of the media in the UK and the US is legendary. Within a month Finucane’s death was diminished in the media to another “tit for tat” “sectarian” murder. Thus MI-6 and the CIA, joined at the hip for decades, were never implicated at the time. In contrast to the White House silence over the attorney’s killing, Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has shown uncommon leadership in advocating for truth and justice for Khashoggi. Erdogan’s consistent voice prompted the Saudi Foreign Minister to describe the media coverage as “…hysterical….” Apparently barbarism is a more routine thing in the House of Saud.
The US and UK are now pressing for “a transparent and timely investigation” from the Saudi’s but what they want is ‘a deSilva.’ What’s ‘a deSilva’? It is like a Widgery, a report which absolved soldiers of Bloody Sunday murders. It protects the guilty and smears the innocent. The British appointed Sir Desmond de Silva QC to review redacted documents pertaining to Finucane’s death provided by the Ministry of Defense. That’s correct. The very Department that plotted his death. Naturally the QC found “…no over arching conspiracy…”in his murder just collusion with security forces. The same scam could work for the Crown Princeling.
The British claim an 803 year old document, the Magna Carta, was the first to assert that “…no man is above the law…” Prince John proved the document and principal wrong. The US and UK are hoping a ‘de Silva” will deliver the same for another “Prince, ‘Butcher’ bin Salman.