WESTERN GOVERNMENTS DOUBLE STANDARDS

2013-07-16 11:10

The hypocrisy and double standards of the West and especially the United States of America (US) knows no bounds.

The signals coming out of Obama’s administration after the military coup in Egypt says democracy is fine for some countries but not Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries.

The army takes over, suspends the constitution and overthrows the democratically elected president, and President Barack Obama, in his statement concerning the Egyptian military coup, does not mention what many are calling a military coup.

Although U.S. law requires cutting off aid to any country in which an elected government is deposed in a military coup, the United States is pressing ahead with plans to deliver four F-16 fighters to Egypt.

The military coup that took place in Egypt is a cause for great concern.

The former president of Egypt, Dr Mohammed Morsi, was the first democratically elected president in the Arab world.

Deposing and imprisoning an elected president and not calling it a coup is absolutely unacceptable. Dr Morsi was indeed elected via a democratic process engineered in the West and used globally. The toppling of the elected Egyptian government is a sad day for democracy.

Deposing of a legitimately elected president by the military can set a very disastrous precedent.

To quote British Foreign Secretary William Hague: “If one president can be deposed by the military then of course another one can be in the future — that’s a dangerous thing”

In this regard the African Union (AU) should be congratulated for suspending Egypt from the council until the restoration of constitutional order.

Military coups and violence are not the best manner in which conflicts or lack of leadership is resolved. Change should come through following a proper legal process and dialogue.

May I ask when will the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) take action in Syria? NATO jointly acted against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Saddam Husein in Iraq. Why are they silent about the brutal oppression carried out by Bashar Assad?

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