US feeds fire to all sides!

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    http://news.yahoo.com/u-approves-military-sales-bahrain-despite-rights-concerns-184018469.html

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will resume some military sales to Bahrain, a key Gulf ally facing Iran, despite human rights concerns linked to months of popular protests against the island kingdom's rulers, the State Department said on Friday.

    The Obama administration notified Congress that certain sales would be allowed for Bahrain's defense force, coast guard and national guard, although it would maintain a hold on TOW missiles, Humvees and some other items for now, the department said in a statement.

    "We have made the decision to release additional items to Bahrain mindful of the fact that there are a number of serious unresolved human rights issues that the government of Bahrain needs to address," the statement said.

    The State Department did not give a total value for the items being released but emphasized that the equipment being approved was "not used for crowd control" as the majority Shi'ite community continues to protest against the Sunni royal family following a crackdown last year.

    U.S. officials said among the sales now allowed to go forward would be harbor security vessels and upgrades to turbo-fan engines used in F-16 fighter aircraft as well as legislation which could pave the way for a future sale of a naval frigate.

    Items still on hold, besides the missiles and the Humvees, include teargas, teargas launchers and stun grenades.

    DECISION CRITICIZED IN CONGRESS

    The decision was criticized by Senator Patrick Leahy, who wrote a provision Congress passed last year requiring the administration to consult lawmakers before allowing sales of teargas and other crowd-control items to governments of countries undergoing democratic transition in the Middle East.

    "While I am pleased that the administration is continuing to withhold tear gas, small arms and other crowd-control items from the Bahraini security forces, this arms sale sends the wrong message," Leahy, a Democrat, said in a statement.

    "The government of Bahrain has yet to respect the Bahraini people's legitimate demands, or to hold accountable its own police and military officers for arresting, torturing and killing Bahraini protesters," Leahy said.

    The resumption of military sales follows a visit to Washington this week by Bahrain Crown Prince Salman Hamid al-Khalifa, who met Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
     
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    So, Phillip, don't you think that if we didn't sell these things, there are other countries who will pick up the slack? As you can see from your article, they are not being sold everything they wanted. It sounds like you don't like people in our defense industry having jobs. Meanwhile, of course, have you ever criticized the Muslims who have been murdering people because of their religion, such as the Christian Copts. I would say this is against human rights. I don't think anyone has ever seen you criticize all that we give to Pakistan even though the Sunnis are busy killing the Shiites there, and their military abet the terrorists who in turn murder our own soldiers.


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