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The west's silence over Bahrain smacks of double standards

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  1. T-Mac1

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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/29/bahrain-saudi-arabia-iran-west?CMP=twt_gu
     
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    I think the article sums up very succinctly with this: "dominance of western realpolitik over values." We might wish it could be different in Bahrain, but it'd be costly to us. Just like we'd like the revolution to succeed in Syria but don't dare to get in there and help. I think one can look at it and call the Americans hypocrites. Or, one can look at it and say, "Thank God they had the lattitude to do something in Libya at least!" Or both. We might be hypocrites, but at least there wasn't a massacre in Benghazi.
     
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    We can't exert our preference over the entire globe in every situation, not that we haven't given it hell trying. Damned if we do, damned if we don't. That's not to say our motivations might sometimes not be what some would like, American citizens included. I don't think we're alone in that regard.

    I'm getting tired of everyone b****ing about everything we do or don't do.
     
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    The notion of pressuring Bahrain to appease Iran's regime is complete nonsense. The writer needs to go back home to Never Neverland with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.
     
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    The West isn't silent on this issue. The US gave the green light for Saudi Arabia to intervene and crush the people's democratic movement in Bahrain. I guess this is one family dictatorship the United States is not willing to abandon.
     
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    Obama's silence over Syria smacks of double standards

    fixed.
     
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    If we're involved in the situation, it will come back and bite us in the ass. Years from now when the puppet government we install is imposing tyranny on their people, they'll have only us to blame. We shouldn't take a side. We should just let the situation play out without our intervention.
     
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    Guddafi may have massacred 3000-4000 in Benghazi, but it would have been over with. The total deaths have already surpassed that number a long time ago. A thousand or more people just died in Misrata alone in the last couple days. To act like lives were "saved" is beyond ridiculous.
     
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    Just another example in the long list of examples of Western hypocrisy. And another example why the West is not taken seriously anymore by the rest of the emerging world....
     
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    Got a copy that doesn't blow up the borders?

    Or add spoilers
     
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    Why the west?? Let the Arab nations intervene.
     
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    This is why I pretty much regret my reluctant support for our intervention. I would have hated to see the idealistic kids who were brave and or foolish enough to start the revolution and their immediate families killed and or in prision. Looking at it hard headedly, there will be much more suffering with the protracted civil war and or/ the West doing another shock and awe campaign with occupation and installation of a regime the West supports.

    It was and remains a tough call.m
     
  16. glynch

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    The West and the USA could give a crap about democracy in Saudi, Kuwait etc. as long as they give us the oil on terms we more or less want.

    The price is high to ordinary US citizens, but it doesn't tank our economy as they are obigated to use American contractors to build highways and shopping malls and make huge purchases from our military industrial complex.
     
  17. CrazyDave

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    Whatever. Maybe everyone should get off our jock.
     
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    I don't think the US can do anything about it I think no one can & just nobody is asking for the US government to send the troops what people are asking for is to condemn or to peer pressure

    so were not waiting for the Obama administration to grow a conciseness only god has the power to save us

    Thnkx for considerate posts
    Smh
     
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    What do you mean by blow up the borders? Is that some sort of pun?
     
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    Yes, your defiantly symbolic picture is ruining the topic by expanding the forum dimensions and forcing people to scroll the page to read posts. A fix would be to replace the image with a smaller one or add the spoiler tag to it.

    The boards are being defaced by a graphic bomb!
     

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