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US Hypocrisy

March 17th, 2005 | by Dr. Forbush |

US Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is exposed when two similar cases provoke different responses.

With this in mind I think that it is interesting to consider the US government’s treatment of two countries – Cuba and Pakistan. These two countries both have military leaders that took control of the government by force. Both leaders took control because they believed or proclaimed that the majority of the population wanted a change in government. Neither leader felt an election would produce the result they thought would be just, so each leader took history in his own hand.

Both countries have Human Rights violations. The Pakistan military routinely uses force against the political opposition. Two Americans have been recently “disappeared” by the Pakistani Intelligence Agency. Pakistan routinely detained journalists who write negative stories about the government or leadership. Cuba similarly imprisons those who express opposition to the government. Cuba also uses force against the political opposition. Neither country has a true democracy or a why for opinions to be expressed in an open public way. See what Human Rights watch says about Cuba and Pakistan.

So why are the two countries treated so differently?

Condi Rice went to Pakistan and praised the illegal ruler of Pakistan - President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup. Even though Iraq and Afghanistan have been able to hold elections less than two years after very disruptive wars, General Musharraf claims that elections in Pakistan can’t happen for more than two years. And, Condi Rice praises him for democratic reforms. This praise does not ring true. On the other hand, sanctions and restricted travel to Cuba continue to harm the citizens of Cuba. What is the difference between the current state of these two countries? Why do these countries deserve such different treatment? Does the administration really believe that Cuba will export more terror than Pakistan? Does the administration really believe that the threat of Cuba spreading Communist ideology outweighs the threat of Pakistan spreading radical theocracy?

  1. 4 Responses to “US Hypocrisy”

  2. By Marrty on Mar 17, 2005 | Reply

    It’s all about the Cuban anti-Castro activists in South Florida, the lasting grudge of anti-Communists who felt/feel as if Castro beat them and to change the embargo would be further evidence of it, and those who fear the beating they would take politically if they took steps to lift the restrictions, embargo, ect. But I think you keew this already.

  3. By sally on Mar 17, 2005 | Reply

    Straight off, can I be that US supports Pakistan because Gen. Musharraf supports the US policies in the Middle East?

  4. By anna. on Mar 18, 2005 | Reply

    yes, Doc, see it’s also more important to make sure the evil SpongeBob doesn’t corrupt the children more than growing up in war torn-Iraq.

  5. By anna. on Mar 18, 2005 | Reply

    because when there is something to gain, or when something is working to their advantage, they’ll go out of their way to defend it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervez_Musharraf#Partner_in_the_.22War_on_Terror.22

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