Paul Taylor: Anger in Middle East at double standards
Published 26/04/2011 | 05:00
An authoritarian Arab ruler unleashes his security forces and irregular militia gunmen to crush peaceful pro-democracy protests, killing hundreds of people, including women and children.
Does the West: a) issue statements condemning the excessive use of force; b) seek UN sanctions and an International Criminal Court investigation; c) provide practical support for pro-democracy protesters; d) intervene militarily?
The answer, to many human rights campaigners, seems to vary unacceptably depending on the state concerned.