Sunday, February 20, 2011

Dilemmas of standing up for democracy

Yemeni protesters raise their shoes as they shout slogans
against President Ali Abdullah Saleh (Guardian)
The Mubarak regime in Egypt provided a vital figleaf for the US support of Israel. And Bahrain is a key US military hub.

So no need to wonder why the US, Britain and France for decades have been comfortable with the dictatorships. And big need for Obama and Clinton to wonder what to do now.

NPR article : Bahrain a US military hub 
Guardian editorial: Hilary Clinton called Bahrain a model partner


  1. Can you explain why you say Mubarak was "a vital figleaf for the US support of Israel"?

  2. The Israelis could say “Look, Mubarak agrees with us!”