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August 23, 2013

Compare and contrast…

Posted in: Egypt,Foreign policy

Not that this should not have happened but the obvious difference in scale and the decisions made are quite stark.

The United States has suspended assistance to the police department of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia as a result of allegations of serious human rights violations, the State Department confirmed on Thursday…

…The allegations stem from 12 killings committed between 2010 and 2011, some of which were committed by an “ad hoc task force within the police department,” a U.S. State Department Human Rights Report said.

Meanwhile, in the wake of a series of police and military crackdowns that left several hundred dead…a larger nation seems to be treated quite differently.

The Obama administration is not pulling the $1.3 billion in annual foreign aid the U.S. provides to Egypt and the military-backed interim government responsible for the violence, which the president described as “deplorable.”

I’m sure the nations traditionally considered vital to American interests will draw the right lesson from this…oh, sorry, they already have.


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