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U.S. Hypocrisy on Arab Spring Clear with Arms Sale to Bahrain

Human Wrongs Watch 

By Eric Stoner* – Waging Nonviolence

Schizophrenic is one way to describe the position of the US on the Arab Spring. Another perhaps more accurate word would be hypocritical.

Image: Mohamed CJ | Wikimedia Commons

The disconnect between the rhetoric and actions of the US government regarding the uprising throughout the Middle East and North Africa this year can be no more clearly seen than in its position towards the pro-democracy movement in Bahrain.

The nonviolent protests continue every day in Bahrain, as Bahraini journalist Nada Alwadi reported for WNV last month, as does the bloody crackdown. In response, the US has taken a stand—once again, on the wrong side.

When President Obama said in his speech at the UN last month that the US is a “close friend of Bahrain,” he wasn’t referring to the people of Bahrain but the dictatorial regime of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

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