Obama's US shows double standards to the loss of human life

Make no mistake I am fond of Obama and my extended family living in Illinois backed him from his entry into the senate all the way to the white house.

But his recent statement on Sri Lanka and this piece on groundviews.org shows clear double standards.

Murmurs from those close to Obama - from inside the white house - have already insisted that the comments on Sri Lanka came only at the request of UK and France. The UN's 'bloodbath' remark was also instrumental in bringing out a reaction from Barack.

Barack didn't need to accuse Sri Lanka of shelling 'indiscriminately'. For he knows very well what the ground situation really is like. US Marines have been in Sri Lanka for the last 2 months assisting Sri Lanka's military.

President Obama, in a statement made on the 13th of May, has requested the government of Sri Lanka to “stop the indiscriminate shelling that has taken hundreds of innocent lives, including in several hospitals.” But with regard to the U.S. air strikes that regularly kill hundreds of civilians in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which includes women and children (according to the International Red Cross), President Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, ruled out ending air and drone strikes on the grounds that “we can’t fight with one hand tied behind our back.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration in April chastised Pakistan for its attempt to appease and negotiate peace with the Taliban. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, had this to say about Pakistan’s strategy to avoid war: “I think that the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and to the extremists.” Pakistan finally caved in to the pressure and launched a massive offensive against the Taliban that has created a humanitarian catastrophe of monumental proportions, displacing 1.3 million people in the Swat Valley. Satisfied with the new offensive, Hillary Clinton said, “I’m actually quite impressed by the actions the Pakistani government is now taking.” State Department spokesman Robert A. Wood echoed this sentiment when he told reporters that the Pakistani offensive is a “very, very positive” development but must be sustained. So positive, in fact, that the U.S. is considering a major boost in assistance to Pakistan-$1.5 billion a year (while U.K. Foreign Minister David Milliband is blocking the SL government’s request for aid from the IMF).

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