- Posted October 12, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The written word: Your personal essays
The American Dream: Is it so wrong to dream?
Sally's recent iReport is exactly that. And here you have it, the typical lack of the ability to use those critical thinking skills taught in secondary school. What Sally is trying to say here is let's worry about the human rights issues in the United States and put those issues in Bahrain on the back burner for now. Unfortunately, all countries have human rights issues, including the United States and Bahrain. However, that does not mean one country's issues should be overlooked because another has the same issues.
The sole focus of this iReport is to try to draw attention away from the violations occurring daily in Bahrain in hopes that people will soon forget that the country is controlled by a tyrant. Some say Bahrain is a 'welfare state', yet many are still living in impoverished conditions. Some say there is freedom of religious worship, yet mosques have been destroyed, and while there have been promises from the regime to rebuild the demolished structures, those promises have yet to be followed through. Sally says there is racism and discrimination in the United States. While that is true, can Sally name one country where there isn't racism and discrimination? Just look at Sally's Twitter timeline and you will see discrimination and sectarianism. In fact, Sally even stated on numerous occasions that Bahrain is 'Sunni country'. That in itself is discrimination and sectarianism yet she attempts to present herself as the moral, self-righteous voice for the neglected, abused victims of some form of discrimination when in fact she probably has no idea of what it is like to be discriminated against.
Sally gives facts and figures in her iReport, yet where exactly do these numbers come from? She also goes on to state that the United States has yet to ratify many core UN conventions yet forgets to mention that Bahrain has ratified those conventions while continuing to violate them daily.
Report after report and we have yet to see Sally condemn the harsh actions of the police force in Bahrain, who by the way are mostly foreigners recruited from countries such as Pakistan and Jordan. To Sally, a police officer who tortures an inmate to death has been held accountable by serving a measly sentence of 6 months, with a maximum of 2 years. To Sally, anyone who protests against the Bahrain regime is a terrorist yet she constantly asks about her rights.
Sally wants to talk about human rights yet continually refuses to admit the ongoing violations occurring in Bahrain. Instead, she would rather spend her time demeaning those who are truly concerned about human rights not just in Bahrain, but all over the world.
Adding to all this, Sally attempts to condemn the United States for alleged meddling in Bahraini affairs which is based on a fabricated news article that was first posted in Gulf Daily News and has yet to be retracted.
This is simply another attempt to say 'they do it so why can't we'.