Hypocrisy alert

March 16th, 2011 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Reuters reports:

has declared a state of emergency following weeks of unrest on the island kingdom, state television announced on Tuesday, saying the measure would come into force immediately and last three months.

An order by the king “authorised the commander of Bahrain’s defence forces to take all necessary measures to protect the safety of the country and its citizens,” said a statement read out on television.

Meanwhile, called the arrival of Saudi troops in Bahrain unacceptable and urged the kingdom to respond to pro-democracy demonstrators peacefully.

For fuck’s sake – I don’t know whether to cry or laugh.

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17 Responses to “Hypocrisy alert”

  1. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Thinking a bit too tough for you David?

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  2. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    It is chutzpah, yes, but hypocrisy, no. The protests are being organised by the Shiites. The rulers are Sunni. Iran has a vested interest in helping out their fellow Shiites.

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  3. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Israels secret weapon for survival – they’re up against Arabs.

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  4. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    It is hypocrisy considering their response to peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations in Iran. They were Shiites also

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  5. david (2,557 comments) says:

    The biggest hypocrits are to be found in the western countries which tolerate – nay encourage, Saudi Arabian sponsorship of international terrorism, financing of terrorist recruiting centres (AKA mosques) throughout the “free west”, and concentration of wealth in the hands of a privileged ruling elite while putting down viciously any attempt at moving towards democracy.

    The single greatest fear for the Princes of Saud is that the population might get it into their silly heads that the country’s wealth should be shared and that they should have a say in who makes decisions. Development of democracy in neighbouring countries would encourage those thoughts so it must be stomped on at all costs.

    For the “free west” to look away is the ultimate hypocrisy.

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  6. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Let’s ignore the red herrings…

    In Saudi Arabia, Shiites are in the majority by far.

    Do they deserve democracy?

    Should the west be supporting that aspiration?

    And be prepared to boycott Saudi oil?

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  7. simonway (387 comments) says:

    Iran’s holding out for a friendly, Shi’ite-run government at the end of all this. I’m skeptical that any significant improvement in Bahraini-Iranian relations is likely at the end of all this, as I’d imagine that Bahrainis still remember what happened in Iran. If Al Wefaq released a statement on the Iranian protesters at the time, though, that would be enlightening, and would probably indicate what their position would be if they ended up in control of Government.

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  8. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Just about to re grass an old crop paddock, think I’ll put corn in instead. Anyone out there know how to make biodiesel. Given the world is pretty screwed up at the the moment it might be prudent to plan ahead. :-)

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  9. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Shiites what democracy, fuck me theres a tui ad.

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  10. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    They’re all a bunch of shites really, but I thought Saudi Arabia was almost exclusively Sunni. Wikipedia has Shiites as 15% of the population there.

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  11. Mark (496 comments) says:

    Yes they do deserve democracy and the west should support that aspiration, but what we should avoid where an authortian regime is replaced by a worst regime, that has less interest in democracy and will butcher anyone that stands in their way once they gain power.

    Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood does not look like it will end up as a democratic country. So far Egyptian women turned up to protest recently and were abused, beaten and sexual assualt by Muslim males. Egyptian christians turned up to protest the burning down of another church and Muslim males turned up to stone them.

    Not a good start for democracy.

    It’s no surprise where the country have been allies of the west people feel safe enough to protest, as in Egypt, Tunsina, Bahrain, etc.

    Saudi, Kuwait and Iraq do have some form of democracy.

    Countries that imprison, rape, kill, and torture pro-democracy supporters in the 100s of thousand like Iran and Libya.

    Countries like Iran and Libya the left say nothing, do nothing. The left only seem interested when more anti-west regimes are about to win power do they seem concerned about democracy.

    They have no concern for the only democratic country in the Middle East of Isreal and want to see it destruction with the left cheering on from the sideline.

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  12. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    They’re all a bunch of shites really, but I thought Saudi Arabia was almost exclusively Sunni. Wikipedia has Shiites as 15% of the population there.

    Luc doesn’t ever let facts get in the way.

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  13. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    It may be that the Iran statement was a coded statement by a specific faction within the regime asking for liberalization as a response to current political tensions. Thus by criticizing Bahrain, they are covertly bagging their own people. After all, Ahmadinutjob was bitch-slapped by a general of the revolutionary guard for avocating greater press freedom.

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  14. Inky_the_Red (759 comments) says:

    Despite it’s limited democracy. Iran is still more democratic than it’s neighbours. Though I can see some from the right (in NZ) objecting to them reserving seats for minorities like Zoroastrians and Jews.

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  15. TCrwdb (242 comments) says:

    And be prepared to boycott Saudi oil?

    Will every liberal and his pet green (including Obama) be prepared to allow the west to develop their own oil reserves thus making all arab oil redundant?

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  16. SPC (5,619 comments) says:

    Sure its hypocrisy from Iran.

    But let’s not be silent on the other hypocrisy.

    That of the pro democracy freedom loving USA having only this to offer “we were not consulted before Saudi Arabia sent troops to enforce the martial law” – with not one word of criticism.

    And then ask yourself how many dictatorships have been armed by the Americans and other arms suppliers. Ask how many militant groups have had weapons channelled to them (including mujahadeen in Afghanistan) and yet no body is arming the rebels in Libya.

    And why is no one calling for a boycott of Libyan oil – the military would not support Gaddafi if we did that.

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  17. unaha-closp (1,165 comments) says:

    Despite it’s limited democracy. Iran is still more democratic than it’s neighbours.

    Turkey is a neighbour to Iran.

    Though I can see some from the right (in NZ) objecting to them reserving seats for minorities like Zoroastrians and Jews.

    Considering that the Maori Party will defeat Labour in this years election, helping to ensure another 3 years of right wing government, its hard to understand why you think the right would object to minority seats.

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