Murder overseas warrants action
There is something pathetic about the inability of the United States government, particularly its State Department, to get the government of Saudi Arabia to honestly investigate the apparent murder of an American citizen.
It almost makes one wish for the return of gunboat diplomacy.
Christopher Cramer, of Milford, was in that misogynistic country representing Kollsman, Inc., of Merrimack, when he was found lying dead beneath the third floor balcony of his hotel room. First reports, specifically from Kollsman representatives, said he’d committed suicide, something instantly rejected by his family.
Clearly they were right because an autopsy performed by Dr. Michael Baden, one of this nation’s foremost medical examiners, determined it was a homicide and that Cramer had been severely beaten before he either fell or was pushed from his balcony.
New Hampshire’s congressional delegation has jumped in, thanks mostly to questions directed to them by The Cabinet, but even they haven’t been able to get any action.
The State Department, according to WCVB television in Boston, gave this lipservice response to questions about the Saudis alleged investigation: State Department spokeswoman Katherine Pfaff said it has offered to assist Saudi authorities with any investigation into Cramer’s death but can’t investigate an incident overseas without the permission of the host government. (But) the U.S. had not received a request for assistance, she said.
"We continue to engage with the Saudis on this case, and our offer of assistance stands," Pfaff said in an emailed statement to the station.
The United States government should not be "offering" to assist the Saudis. It should be insisting that the Saudis get off their duffs and really investigate and, we certainly hope, arrest someone for the murder.
This nation has a relationship, of sorts, with the Saudi government, being still dependent upon it for oil for which we pay them a great deal of money that keeps their sheiks in Cadillacs and palaces, so we think a bit more than engaging with the Saudis is in order.
Once upon a time in this world the murder of an American citizen brought repercussions. Now? It brings offers of assistance in an investigation that might not even exist.