Government Hypocrisy: The United States Status Quo

Posted on May 24, 2012


Government Hypocrisy: The United States Status Quo
Michael Hainline
What is the big story on CNN right now?
The big story is the outrage over the sentencing by Pakistani Tribal courts of Dr. Shakeel Afridi. Who is Dr. Afridi and

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why should anyone care? Dr. Afridi is a Pakistani national who cooperated with the CIA to collect DNA samples performing fake vaccinations while in the same city as Osama bin Laden allegedly resided to confirm he was, in fact, in Pakistan. Dr. Afridi was arrested trying to leave Pakistan and subsequently charged with theft and treason. And who is leading the outrage that Dr. Afridi is being tried for unjust reasons and should be freed? The United States Government. They argue that Dr. Afridi is a hero and all the charges against him have been trumped-up.

Here is where things get odd. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton has stated point-blank that Pakistan has no justification of holding Dr. Afridi, and President Barack Obama has been asked by political figures to intercede on Dr. Afridi’s behalf to try to get him released. Two bills were introduced in coordination with this request, bills HR 4069 and HR 3901, which would award Dr. Afridi the Congressional Medal of Honor and make him a US Naturalized citizen respectively.

Here is my problem with the entire thing. Hypocrisy oozes out of the collective that is the United States Government. They are outraged that another country would hold and try someone who broke that nation’s laws –  to do what he felt was right. Hmmm, this sounds familiar doesn’t it? Except the outrage in the other case is at the United States Government and military. Private Bradley Manning still sits in prison charged with treason, and his crime was showing that the United States were knowingly breaking international law and covering up illegal activities. But then again, he sinned against the United States, so his crime is even more vile. What people who sit there and are supportive of the U.S. Government don’t understand is that there was NO AGREEMENT that the United States could enter Pakistan without the knowledge of the Pakistan Government. It would be akin to another country launching an offensive to capture or kill someone within the confides of the United States without notifying the US Government of their actions. ‘Is the Pakistani government trust worthy?’ is another separate argument. You should assume all the risk of when you enter a deal with another person or country.

What outrages me is the fact that this government is assuring this man citizenship, without him having to jump through any the hoops like any other person who wanted to become a naturalized citizen would be subject to. This is the same government who has had members vocalized that Julian Assange and Wikileaks should be labeled a terrorist organization, because they dare to show the truth of how the inner workings of a nation of lies works. I’m sure if they had their way, there are certain members of congress (like a certain few people from New York) would like nothing more than see Julian Assange dead. The same goes for Brad Manning. He exposed the hypocrisy, and likewise, he must be made an example of. It drives me crazy the level of hypocritical actions this nation commits and people tend to just look the other way, because we have this delusion that we are the greatest country in the world, and this somehow makes us exempt.

Do I think Dr. Afridi deserves to be imprisoned for 33 years? I’m not happy with the way everything went down in Pakistan, but to say that the man deserves to spend most of his life in prison may be harsh. But I think if we didn’t breach the trust with an ally or just would have told Pakistan in the first place that we didn’t believe them and went there to begin with, I might feel completely differently. We have been fighting this “War on Terror” for over 10 years, and  what has it gotten us? It has created a more unstable situation in the middle east and the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. And we have probably created more disdain against us occupying other nations in the name of “Freedom” than we had before the events of 9/11.  It only brings up my next question. When are we going to get so frustrated with Pakistan that we decide that they need to be helped with being freed? I know, I know… We need to worry about Iran and Syria first.

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