As the sole dissenting vote in a resolution condemning the Iranian government, Ron Paul recently argued that it is hypocritical to condemn one oppressive government if we do not do the same for all. Not surprisingly, that has kind of already happened:
The contested election in Iran received widespread attention from both the traditional US media and new media sources including blogs and micro-blogs such as Twitter. Americans wishing to show solidarity with the Iranian people tinted their Twitter avatars green and also wore the trademark color of resistance. The media told us this was all part of a new digital form of solidarity. And yet this solidarity movement starts and stops with this specific Iranian election. There was no such media-led solidarity movement during the 2003 contested election in Azerbaijan or Egypt’s contested 2006 election. Likewise, there is no solidarity movement in the US media for the people of Honduras where President Manuel Zelaya has just been ousted during a military coup. The media has not aggressively pursued this story despite the fact that the US is highly influential in Honduras, and the coup was led by General Romeo Vasquez, who is himself a graduate of the US Army School of the Americas. Independent journalist Jeremy Scahill reports that the School of America graduates “maintain ties to the US military as they climb the military career ladders in their respective countries.”
There is little media interest in the Honduras story even though it seems the US government had advanced knowledge of the coup.
The bit about the School of the Americas (SOA) is particularly important: the SOA is a U.S. government-run training facility for members of South American militaries. Its graduates have been widely implicated in massacres, assassinations, and the establishment of brutal dictatorships. The situation in Honduras seems to be more of the same, and despite a situation which is every bit as severe as the one in Iran and arguably caused by the United States because of the role of the SOA, has recieved little attention from the media, Congress, or the Obama administration. Attention from our government is probably not a good thing, of course, but its lack at least highlights our utter hypocrisy. Read more here.Published in