Monday, November 12, 2012

The Dictator Two-Step Returns

The Huffington Post recently had an article about how Bahrain doesn't have free speech, not even on places like Twitter. Apparently that's a surprise to most people, because it warranted an article. Now Bahrain is a US ally, we have bases there. So how did the Huffington Posters react to this story? Not by holding the Bahrain government accountable for their own actions, heck no. Instead they just blamed the usual suspects: America and of course the Jews.

This bothers because it is a perfect example of the dictator two-step: When America doesn't work with dictators like Iran and Syria, the left is upset because we aren't "respecting their way of life" or "getting involved with other people's business." When America does work with dictators like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, we get complaining about how those countries aren't democracies.

The problem is that in the Middle East, except for Israel of course, America doesn't exactly have a whole lot of options. In order to gain allies they have to work with dictators, so they pick dictators that are at least aligned with America. The Huffington Posters are just being hypocritical when they complain that a dictator that is allied with America is somehow worse than one that isn't. I don't necessarily believe in the "self-hating liberal" stereotype pushed by the right, but when it comes to the far left like in the Huffington Post I can certainly start to see it.

1 comment:

  1. This used to happen all the time on Daily Kos. I especially did a face-palm for the linked comment above where the person says disparagingly that our foreign policy is used tgo prop up our interests. Of course it is! What else is a foreign policy for?

    These people are idiots.


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