The Hypocrisy of Misguided US Middle-East Foreign Policy

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  1. SMM macrumors 65816

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    I am linking two stories by Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel, of the McClatchy Washington DC News Bureau. One was written on March 20, 2008, and the other on February 20, 2008. One is about Iran and the other concerns Iran.

    No one is concerned about trying to disarm Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, enforce economic sanctions against them, even though they are much more of a potential threat in that region than Iran. We are attempting to usurp the results of a democratic election by the Pakistani citizens, and support a despotic tyrant, whom the people clearly do not want. And, how do we wish to accomplish this? By not "..not press to reinstate the judges whom Musharraf ousted last year, ...<snip> ... If reinstated, the jurists likely would try to remove Musharraf from office. So much for America's mission to spread democracy to that region.

    Yet, we are ready to go to war against Iran for the possibility they someday might attempt to build a nuclear device. The difference between the two countries (Iran and Pakistan) is that Musharraf is a US stooge and Ahmadinejad is not.

    Musharraf is a despot, just like SH. As a general in the Pakistani Army, he came to power by Military coup d'état. Any, and all opposition was murdered, incarcerated or fled the Country (Bhutto for example - who's father was killed, she then fled the country, was confined to house arrest upon her return, only to be later murdered). Pakistan's prisons are bursting at the seams with political prisoners. Many are never seen again. Yet, not only does Bush support this tyrant, we are inserting our will into the proven will of the Pakistani people. How fast can we make new enemies? And yet, we are willing to perform a preemptive attack against Iran.

    If America is ever going to re-gain the world's respect, we are going to have to quit making stupid foreign policy decision like this. We have been doing it for far too long. It did not start with Bush, although he has certainly 'raised the bar'. Noam Chomsky has written, and lectured, extensively about this.
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  2. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Sure, but are there rape rooms in Pakistan?
    I kid...

    Of course this is the biggest problem the US faces in that region. The US media dances around the topic, but the ME press has no qualms about pointing out America's many hypocrisies in the region.

    Consider also the American calls for democratic elections among the Palestinians. We pressed for elections that even the Israeli's asked if we were crazy for pushing for so soon. When those elections didn't go the way we wanted, we sought to have them overturned -- by force if necessary.
     
  3. SMM thread starter macrumors 65816

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    America's foreign policy in that entire region has been dreadful for the Arab and Persian people. It certainly has, looking through their eyes, anyway. After 9/11, far too many Americans were asking, "Why do these people hate us so much?". They did not (do not) know because we citizens are shielded from the truth, by our government and the MSM. I think much of this will see the light of day for them now. We shall see.
     
  4. Queso macrumors G4

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    Here in Europe our media is quite open about this hypocrisy, not just of the US but most western governments, towards the Middle East. In early 2003 when the anti-war protests were at their height we were rather confused that general US citizens were so vociferous in their criticism of the Europeans taking to the streets, rather than criticising their own government's desire to make such a huge mistake. However, the American media's acceptance of US government foreign policy for decades has fostered an attitude within the USA that you act as a beacon of light for the world and anyone who says otherwise is simply jealous.

    Things are never that simple, as these two articles highlight.

    However, it should be remembered firstly that this is nothing new, and secondly that the USA is not the only country that does this. Both the UK and France, former colonial powers, will happily play politics in regions of the world where they no longer have any real business. The only difference is that the average British or French person is informed of this via the main stream media.

    Which, it can be argued, makes us bigger fools than Americans. Ignorance may not be an excuse, but informed inaction is far worse.
     
  5. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    I realize I'm running the risk of an attempted tarring and feathering for this, but until your country drags itself out of it's xenophobia, geographical illiteracy, historical and scientific ignorance, nobody's going to see the light. What they might see, though, is Entertainment Tonight.

    It's hardly the media's fault that the state of American education is nothing short of abysmal.
     
  6. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    Often it isn't even so much that they are shielded from the truth as they don't look for it. As the article points out, bringing to light that which is hidden is a non-starter so long as people do not avail themselves of the information that is right in front of them.
     

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