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Horrific. Just when certain posters thought that this kind of behavior would never occur in the middle east anymore.

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US "condemns" yet sits on the sidelines.

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US "condemns" yet sits on the sidelines.

Why would they get involved? The US is not the parents of the world. Let own countries deal with their own problems.

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Just when certain posters thought that this kind of behavior would never occur in the middle east anymore.

I don't think anybody thought that. You would have to expect this in a place like Iran or Libya.

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US "condemns" yet sits on the sidelines.

So the US should invade Libya?

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Just when certain posters thought that this kind of behavior would never occur in the middle east anymore.

I don't think anybody thought that. You would have to expect this in a place like Iran or Libya.

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some people wrote they expect that in China ( judging the frosty relationship with russia, probably russia too for safe measure )

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US "condemns" yet sits on the sidelines.

And if they did something you'd be the first to denounce them on it. They are damned if they do and damned if they don't in an anti-american's eyes. That is clear from your posting history.

So tell us what you think the US should do. We are all ears.

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If they're gonna invade Iraq and get all self-righteous about Saddam, then they ought to go in where they could save civillians being brutalized by another dictator's forces. Do one or the other- intervene in the name of a good cause, or just stay the hell out in all cases. Be consistent instead of picking and choosing based on how many dollars and resources you can make off with.

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This here is a powder keg. Bahrain's Shiite majority has seen its (much larger) twin in Iraq claim power, and it'll be damned if it lets itself remain powerless. Unlike Egypt, though, Bahrain's army is not with the people; it's not even OF the people, consisting of foreign Sunnis brought in by the government who not only care nothing of the people but know that they'll be out of a job if the protesters win.

To crush the protests that have started is to kill and kill a lot. If the protesters succeed, Shia power will have spread a step further, something most Arab countries would abhor. I see no happy ending whatever happens. Ironic that such a small country holds such a potential cataclysm - but then again, many would have said the same of Serbia a hundred years ago.

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lesgrande: "condemns" yet sits on the sidelines.

If there's a better description of European policy towards the US, I'd like to hear it.

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"If there's a better description of European policy towards the US, I'd like to hear it."

Nice deflection.

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The winds of change are sweeping the Middle east. Down with the oppressive regimes, dubious "monarchies" and mega-rich oil-sheiks I say! Power to the people!

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You know the 5th Fleet commanders are probably telling Bahrain's rulers to "not loose this one like Tunisia & Egypt. The Shiites will kick out out to sea & we won't have a port to maintain our hegemony." :-)

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oops, I mean 'will kick us out'

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Nice deflection.

Likewise.

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As the 3 Weird Witchs said in MacBeth, "double double, toil & trouble, fire burn & cauldron bubble." The situation is in the Middle East is really getting desperate. People WANT to be FREE and MAJORITIES want a proportionate share in their governments. No doubt Bahrain is the most tricky since a minority (which is anti-Iran) is in power. Here's it's about oil, oil, oil. Egypt & Tunisia do not have that extra dimension. I think a LOT of people are gonna get killed here before any progress is made.

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Do one or the other- intervene in the name of a good cause, or just stay the hell out in all cases. Be consistent

So in your carefully measured estimation, the US has chosen its course to forever intervene in all cases, and to change now or anytime in the future is simple hypocrisy, which deep thinkers such as you will then helpfully point out. Here's to never having to change your mind...

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Having one foreign policy and applying it to everyone equally is an absurd position and no one does it for obvious reasons. The US doesn't treat Canada the same as Iran any more than Iran treats Syria the same as it does the US. Those who argue for it are usually people on message boards who know they aren't the ones who actually have to make the decision and live with it. Mostly they sit on the sidelines and look for ways to condemn.

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What a mess! I do hope and pray that the regular Arab man, woman and child can one day live in peace in harmony, I pray that these dictators get what they so badly deserve, from Kaddhafi in Libya to that beedy eyed scrappy gray beard dictator in Iran.

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