Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Selective Interventions

One of the arguments I read today is about the selective attitude of the UN to internal turmoils in nations experiencing brutal repression. The situation in Ivory Coast is worse than Libya - the former incumbent refuses to leave the post of the president and now, months after the elections that took place despite his great resistance and manipulation, the civilian death toll has reached thousands. Recently, 1,400 people were slaughtered in the territory controlled by the opposing president-incumbent, who is a Muslim from the northern region. Gbagbo (former president, holding on to power illegitimately) has repeatedly used communal tactics to incite violence and further aggravate the conflict. Liberian mercenaries continue to come into Ivory Coast at the behest of the repressive government.

In Bahrain, Saudi Arabia sent in an enourmous military contingent under the banner of the Gulf Cooperation Council to violently repress the democratic protests. Saudi Arabia is one of the US's biggest client states, and one of the most repressive in the world. The international community should have prevented this brutal assault on Bahraini civilian demonstations, but it did not. The spectre of partiality and double-standards haunts the current climate in Libya.

1 comment:

Avinash said...

well when you're at the top the temptation to abuse definitely is hard to resist considering there is so much to be had. irrespective of who's looking and telling and who's not.