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Letter: Khashoggi’s killing: Blaming the victim

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a news

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a news conference in Manama, Bahrain, in 2015. Credit: AP / Hasan Jamali

I was disgusted, but not surprised, to read Ted R. Bromund’s column about the brutal killing by the Saudis of writer Jamal Khashoggi [“What not to do about Khashoggi,” Oct. 21].

The column was an attempt to blame everyone involved so that no one can be deemed responsible enough to actually punish — especially our very problematic ally, the young crown prince. The disgusting aspect was when Bromund resorted to a very common tactic by conservatives — blaming or attacking the victim. Bromund tries to be subtle, saying it is “awkward” to speak of Khashoggi’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, and that it was not a “mere youthful flirtation,” but something more dangerous. Bromund then covers his tracks by saying “that doesn’t justify killing him.”

If that doesn’t justify killing Khashoggi, why even mention it? This is the beginning of a cover-up — all so we can continue to sell weapons to a country that is leading a horrific war in Yemen in which thousands of civilians are dying. Shame on Bromund for this disgusting tactic.

Jim Jones, Bayville

The lame explanation used by the Saudi kingdom to try and pass off the torture and killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi is akin to Henry VIII saying that he will bring all his wives’ murderers to justice. The Trump administration should not tolerate the cold-blooded murder of American residents.

Jane Corrarino, Setauket

School is open for May vote, activities

I doubt my polling place, the George McVey Elementary School in East Meadow, would give up hosting elections and other voting in its facility [“Pushback over hosting elections,” News, Oct. 15].

In May on the day of the school budget vote, the school holds a science fair, art show and other activities that draw moms and dads to see student activities. The administration casts aside the thought of unknown visitors, favoring the unethical lure of likely “yes” votes to pass the budget.

Pat McGovern, East Meadow

What progress on death of Rodriguez?

A lot remains unexplained about the death of Evelyn Rodriguez, mother of MS-13 victim Kayla Cuevas [“Frustration over silence,” News, Oct. 4].

Rodriguez died Sept. 14 after being hit by a car in Brentwood. A video of the dispute taken by News 12 Long Island showed Rodriguez and partner Freddy Cuevas standing near an SUV before Rodriguez was hit. Incredibly, the driver of the vehicle has not yet been publicly identified, cleared or charged.

In December, Rodriguez filed a $110 million federal lawsuit against the Brentwood school district, claiming employees failed to act when told that Kayla, 16, was being threatened by members of MS-13. The lawsuit said the bullying went on for two years before the teen was killed in 2016. With Rodriguez gone, will this lawsuit go on?

Andrea Vecchio, East Islip

Editor’s note: The writer is an activist with the taxpayer group East Islip TaxPAC.

A unisex courtesy title for everyone?

With Stony Brook University switching to the term “royal” instead of king and queen for homecoming [“SBU’s ‘royal’ revamp,” News, Oct. 20], I have to wonder just when Mr. and Mrs. will be eliminated and all sexes will get the title of Mz. It’s just a matter of time.

Thomas W. Smith, Riverhead