by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, Global Research:
In its latest act of blatant hypocrisy, the Obama administration has sanctioned Iran over internet and media censorship. The Administration’s pretentious concern for the Iranian peoples’ welfare is all the more offensive in light of the harsh, illegal, and life-threatening sanctions imposed on that nation, aptly described by The New England Journal of Medicine as a “war against public health” (Gowans). The Obama administration would have us believe that it is concerned about human rights and freedom of expression where it has no regard for life itself, much less freedom.
President Obama is not alone or the first in this contradictory policy. In one of the more recent events relating to the topic, Mr. Obama’s champion during the 2012 presidential race, Bill Clinton, revealed America’s lack of concern and compassion for human life during the Rwandan genocide when he refused to “neutralize” Radio Mille Collines with “counter-broadcasts”. Well before the Rwanda genocide, UN officials and other non governmental officials had asserted that radio transmissions were playing a central role in inciting ethnic tension and “ethno-political” murder. Although these broadcasts were an important component of the implementation of genocide, counter-broadcasts urging the perpetrators to stop never took place.
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