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Bahrain a victim of American hypocrisy

The US is the only nation in the history of civilised world that perpetrates gross international crimes and inflicts human rights violations in countries around the globe. It is preposterous that Bahrain is on a list of blacklisted nations accused of violating human rights, along with the likes of North Korea, Zimbabwe, Iran, Syria and Libya.

Unfortunately, and ironically, the names of Israel and the US are missing from that list.

The whole world is witness to their crimes in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The US is butchering innocent people and children on the pretext of its "War on Terror". It always shows double standards when it comes to the core issue of terrorism.

The nation of chattel slavery does not recognise human rights violations as a growing problem in its own country. Still the Red Indians, the real Americans, are treated as second class citizens.

Asians and Africans are subjected to constant abuse. Muslims live in fear and many Americans do not like the man they call "Barack Osama", because his middle name is Hussain.

The rich Jewish community sponsors the presidential election in the US for a favourable policy towards Israel. Meanwhile, the American government practices surveillance using GPS.

Recently, some students from India at Tri Valley University suffered atrocities at the hands of US authorities.

Are these incidents not human rights violations?

Many innocent non-Americans are detained and tortured. They are not given the chance of a fair trial. Moreover, harsh punishments such as "waterboarding" are applied on them and justified by the president.

Amnesty International has criticised the US for this, but does it make a difference to them? Of course not, they are shameless.

Bahrain, on the other hand, is firm on respecting human rights and fulfilling the interests of its citizens.

Unlike the US, the expat community is very safe here and police are always vigilant.

Bahrainis who lost their jobs have been reinstated. Many people arrested have been released. Unlike the US, people are always given the chance of a fair trial, be it expats or Bahrainis.

Are these steps not enough evidence of His Majesty King Hamad's sagacity and magnanimity? Moreover, he favours a peaceful dialogue.

Can the US cite any tangible example of human rights violations abroad by Bahrain? Can it give data on how many citizens and expats suffer gun wounds in Bahrain, unlike the US?

Whatever happened in Bahrain a few months back was the product of a political conspiracy. Some cunning people, who had their own political interests, instigated the youth, who were inspired by developments in Tunisia and Egypt. They wanted to do an 'Egypt' on Bahrain, but without any ideological basis.

Whatever measures were taken by the government were to restore law and order. In such circumstances, the US accused Bahrain of human rights violations.

My understanding is the US cannot be a friend to any nation. Its best friend is its own interest only. I am sure it is sniffing out more opportunity in the crisis in Bahrain. That sounds like a businessman rather than a responsible country. Can Bahrain trust the US any further?

While the US releases its report on human rights violations in other countries, some international rights advocates say the US needs to improve its own record.

After all, the "United States of America" is the world's largest prison and has the highest inmates/population ratio in the world.

Paban Kumar Ghosh

Al Noor International School



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