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Jakarta Post

The West hypocrisy

  • Riza Sihbudi

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 4 2011   /  08:00 am

The current political tension in Bahrain and Libya has intensified, especially after similar crises that ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.

There are similarities between Libya and Bahrain, at least in the eyes of the Western mass media and political elites. There are also differences in how nations have responded to each political crisis.

Both regimes are facing strong resistance from the majority of their own people, with Libya falling into civil war. Many Libyan people are fed up and disgusted with the leadership of Col. Muammar Qaddafi, who has ruled the country for 40 years with desert-style authoritarianism. People in Libya demanded a succession and political reforms that would pave the way for freedom of speech and association, which have eluded the nation for four decades.

Unlike Libya, which adopts a “semi-republic” s...