Obama’s Hypocrisy (Part II): Slamming Iranian Crackdown while Silent on Bahrain
Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets of both Iran and Bahrain. Security forces in both countries have responded with brutal force. Two demonstrators have been killed in both countries. Yet while US President Barack Obama has sharply criticized the reaction of authorities in foe Iran, he has remained hypocritically silent regarding the equally deadly suppression of protests in friend Bahrain.
Speaking to reporters, President Obama said people in Iran “should be able to express their opinions and their grievances and seek a more responsive government.” “I find it ironic,” the President said, “that you’ve got the Iranian regime pretending to celebrate what happened in Egypt, when in fact they have acted in direct contrast to what happened in Egypt by gunning down and beating people who were trying to express themselves peacefully in Iran.”
Yet Obama failed to mention Bahrain, where security forces have also killed two protesters. Perhaps that’s because the tiny emirate is a staunch US ally which is the headquarters of the US Navy’s Fifth fleet, which looks to figure prominently in any future conflict with Iran, located directly across the Persian Gulf.
Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman spoke with Faraz Sanei, a researcher with Human Rights Watch, about the glaring hypocrisy in the Obama administration’s reaction to the crackdowns in Iran and Bahrain:
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