Saudi Arabia seemingly being behind the murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey should be the final straw that triggers harsh sanctions against the regime, suggests Evan Hill of Buzzfeed. America needs to punish the country for its decimation of human rights, particularly in its war in Yemen. No revenue from arms sales is worth validating and supplying a regime that reportedly spreads death and instability in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia should not be able to act as it pleases just because it buys American weapons. Worries about oil prices rising are also overblown, as the country only accounts for 8.6% of US oil imports. Saudi Arabia’s misdeeds require a strong reaction.
The US cannot afford to break its trading habits with Saudi Arabia, argues Turki Aldakhil of Al Arabiya. Any sanctions would be met with biting countermeasures that would rock America’s economy. For example, Saudi Arabia might slow oil production, which could more than double global oil prices. Additionally, it is a vital security partner in the Middle East; without its goodwill, America would lose much traction in the region. Empowering Iran would be one of many aftereffects. Saudi Arabia is the biggest importer of US military goods, alongside $800 billion of investment in the US government. Any sanctions on it would cause immense economic suffering at home.