The Saudis have admitted that the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate (but claim the perpetrators were rogues who acted without government authority). What does the US do? What does the UN do?
Vince Dhimos responds on Quora
[I have changed the text of the question to accommodate new facts, but the basic answer is the same]
I do not expect the US to do anything meaningful. If Trump does anything at all, it will be aimed at getting votes for the GOP in the Nov 6 midterms. The UN is toothless. It will do nothing meaningful.
The only person who may do something meaningful is Turkish president Erdoğan. Unlike Trump, who is a man of words, Erdoğan is more a man of actions. All eyes should be on him at this time. I have no predictions for what he will do – perhaps nothing.
However, we know that he differs sharply with the Saudis, particularly on the Palestine issue. The Saudis are de facto allies of Israel and tacitly approve of everything they do. Erdoğan is incensed at the wanton slaughter of unarmed protesters and the aerial bombings in Gaza. Of all world leaders who oppose this, he is the strongest and is capable, at some point, of acting according to his own perceptions and conscience. No Western leader or group will act. The UN constantly issues condemnations of Israel’s slaughter of civilians, missile attacks on Syria and occupation of Arab territories and Netanyahu laughs it off knowing that the US will not suport UN resolutions.
To better understand why the US never issues condemnations of Saudi actions and almost always bows to Saudi wishes, read our analysis of the US-Saudi relationship here:
SAUDIS MADE US MILITARY A MERCENARY FORCE:
TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN ENCOURAGES SAUDI TERROR
Let’s look at the countries that are subject to travel restrictions based on the claim that their citizens pose a security risk to the US. And let’s also look at some that are not on the list that are much more of a risk than some on the list. On the basis of this cursory analysis, it will be clear that the new legislation is pure politics and has nothing whatsoever to do with the security of Americans or anyone else.