July 16, 2012

Fox News Hypocrisy on Iran

From FoxNews.com:
 A little more than a week after accusing Iran of supplying arms for Syria’s bloody crackdown on democracy-minded rebels, the UN has given Tehran a key seat at negotiations for a global arms treaty… Critics say asking Iran to help craft a treaty aimed at stopping arms proliferation to terrorist groups and rogue states makes a mockery of the talks. Just two weeks ago, the UN Security Council accused Tehran of shipping arms to Syria.[1]

The article goes on to lambaste both the Obama Administration and the UN for allowing this outrage to happen, that is, for allowing Big Bad Iran to help draft a treaty which—we learn later in the article—“would regulate conventional arms and not weapons of mass destruction.”  The article, like many news articles I read, caused me to LOL.  Or I should say, it caused me to LLOL, that is, to literally laugh out loud.

Perhaps it is outrageous to given Iran this appointment, because Iran does have a history of arming Syria’s oppressive regime.  But, given this logic, it would be outrageous to give the United States any similar appointment, for we have our own ugly history of arming oppressive regimes.  For instance, just a year after Bahrain unleashed a wave of terror against its own people, we recently decided to resume arm sales to the country.[2]  Many, many more examples could be given: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Jordan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Uzbekistan, just to name a few.[3]  Not that we’ll ever hear any of this from Fox News.  Fair and Balanced.  They Report, We Decide.  (And, more often than not, Laugh.)

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[2] Our Dictator in Bahrain,” March 20, 2011; “Bahrain: U.S. Arms Sales to Resume,” Reuters, May 12, 2012.

[3] Joshua E. Keating, “America’s Other Most Embarrassing Allies,” Foreign Policy, January 31, 2011. 

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