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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 02/18/2011

Obama statement on Bahrain, Libya and Yemen

By Matt DeLong

The White House on Friday released the following statement from President Obama on the violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen:

I am deeply concerned by reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen. The United States condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries and wherever else it may occur. We express our condolences to the family and friends of those who have been killed during the demonstrations. Wherever they are, people have certain universal rights including the right to peaceful assembly. The United States urges the governments of Bahrain, Libya and Yemen to show restraint in responding to peaceful protests, and to respect the rights of their people.

By Matt DeLong  | February 18, 2011; 2:30 PM ET
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Look at these videos of the Libyan massacres. How evil Gaddafi is:

http://www.facebook.com/video/?id=179449562095105

Posted by: libyanreporter | February 19, 2011 2:06 AM | Report abuse

He urges them to show restraint? Why didn't he just add "pretty please?" What a wimp!

Posted by: AdrianMole | February 19, 2011 1:34 AM | Report abuse

It is truly scary to have an inexperienced Obama in charge when we have this much unrest in the middle east. His comment "I am deeply concerned....". You think??
Hillary, the red phone is ringing!

Posted by: Indi1 | February 19, 2011 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Furthermore,ISLAMOPHOBIA IS VERY SEVERE IN US. I WAS DENIED A JOB AT US POSTAL SERVICE AS A MAIL CARRIER BECAUSE I AM FROM EGYPT AND A MUSLIM, AND IT IS SO HARD TO FIND A LAWYER FOR MY CASE !
US SHALL LOOK AT ITSELF BEFORE REACHING OUT TO MUSLIM WORLD AND THAT MUSLIM PROTESTERS ARE NOT BUOYED IN FANTASY BY ZIONIST NEWS MEDIA !

Posted by: let_freedom_ring_in_egypt
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Just read what you write. You are a psycho-racist. You should not be hired anywhere, and you should not be living in this country.

You are the very last thing we need, not because you are Muslim, but because you are you.

Posted by: Farnaz2Mansouri21 | February 19, 2011 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Obama urged not to veto anti-Israeli draft
Former high-ranking US officials have called on President Barack Obama to avoid vetoing a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank.

WHY DOESN'T US TAKE SIDE WITH PROTESTERS IN BAHRAIN LIKE IN IRAN ?

IT SHOWS US DEMOCRACY IS BIASED DEFINITION ON BEHALF OF UNBREAKABLE BOND ISRAEL!

THANK YOU MR. MUBARAK.

IT IS TIME TO REBUILD EGYPT NOW.

Mubarak family fortune could reach $70bn, say expertsEgyptian president has cash in British and Swiss banks plus UK and US property. the corrupted regimes, both Shah Iran and Mubarak of Egypt ARE MUSLIM TRAITORS!, supported by zonist US and Israel for 3 decades. Mubarak’s planning exile to Tel Aviv.after Saudi Arabia rejected overtures. Fact speaks for itself. Therefore, IRAN IS INDEED A ROLE MODEL OF DEMOCRACY IN MIDEAST AND IN DEFENSE FOR RIGHTS OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. AFTER LEBANON AND TUNISIA, HERE COME EGYPT, JORDAN AND YEMEN TO FOLLOW SUIT. IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE, YES WE CAN. HANDS OFF FOR ZIONIST US. ZIONIST OBAMA PUBLICLY SUPPORTS REFORMS IN EGYPT BUT SECRETLY TO ENCOURAGE ZIONIST MUBARAK OF EGYPT TO HOLD OUT BY DIPLOMACY AS LONG AS POSSIBLE TILL THE PROTESTERS GIVE UP, ACCORDING TO NEW WIKILEAKS ! SAME AS IN BAHRAIN.

Furthermore,ISLAMOPHOBIA IS VERY SEVERE IN US. I WAS DENIED A JOB AT US POSTAL SERVICE AS A MAIL CARRIER BECAUSE I AM FROM EGYPT AND A MUSLIM, AND IT IS SO HARD TO FIND A LAWYER FOR MY CASE !
US SHALL LOOK AT ITSELF BEFORE REACHING OUT TO MUSLIM WORLD AND THAT MUSLIM PROTESTERS ARE NOT BUOYED IN FANTASY BY ZIONIST NEWS MEDIA !

Posted by: let_freedom_ring_in_egypt | February 19, 2011 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama urged not to veto anti-Israeli draft
Former high-ranking US officials have called on President Barack Obama to avoid vetoing a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank.

WHY DOESN'T US TAKE SIDE WITH PROTESTERS IN BAHRAIN LIKE IN IRAN ?

IT SHOWS US DEMOCRACY IS BIASED DEFINITION ON BEHALF OF UNBREAKABLE BOND ISRAEL!

THANK YOU MR. MUBARAK.

IT IS TIME TO REBUILD EGYPT NOW.

Mubarak family fortune could reach $70bn, say expertsEgyptian president has cash in British and Swiss banks plus UK and US property. the corrupted regimes, both Shah Iran and Mubarak of Egypt ARE MUSLIM TRAITORS!, supported by zonist US and Israel for 3 decades. Mubarak’s planning exile to Tel Aviv.after Saudi Arabia rejected overtures. Fact speaks for itself. Therefore, IRAN IS INDEED A ROLE MODEL OF DEMOCRACY IN MIDEAST AND IN DEFENSE FOR RIGHTS OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. AFTER LEBANON AND TUNISIA, HERE COME EGYPT, JORDAN AND YEMEN TO FOLLOW SUIT. IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE, YES WE CAN. HANDS OFF FOR ZIONIST US. ZIONIST OBAMA PUBLICLY SUPPORTS REFORMS IN EGYPT BUT SECRETLY TO ENCOURAGE ZIONIST MUBARAK OF EGYPT TO HOLD OUT BY DIPLOMACY AS LONG AS POSSIBLE TILL THE PROTESTERS GIVE UP, ACCORDING TO NEW WIKILEAKS ! SAME AS IN BAHRAIN.

Furthermore,ISLAMOPHOBIA IS VERY SEVERE IN US. I WAS DENIED A JOB AT US POSTAL SERVICE AS A MAIL CARRIER BECAUSE I AM FROM EGYPT AND A MUSLIM, AND IT IS SO HARD TO FIND A LAWYER FOR MY CASE !
US SHALL LOOK AT ITSELF BEFORE REACHING OUT TO MUSLIM WORLD AND THAT MUSLIM PROTESTERS ARE NOT BUOYED IN FANTASY BY ZIONIST NEWS MEDIA !

Posted by: let_freedom_ring_in_egypt | February 19, 2011 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama urged not to veto anti-Israeli draft
Former high-ranking US officials have called on President Barack Obama to avoid vetoing a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank.

WHY DOESN'T US TAKE SIDE WITH PROTESTERS IN BAHRAIN LIKE IN IRAN ?

IT SHOWS US DEMOCRACY IS BIASED DEFINITION ON BEHALF OF UNBREAKABLE BOND ISRAEL!

THANK YOU MR. MUBARAK.

IT IS TIME TO REBUILD EGYPT NOW.

Mubarak family fortune could reach $70bn, say expertsEgyptian president has cash in British and Swiss banks plus UK and US property. the corrupted regimes, both Shah Iran and Mubarak of Egypt ARE MUSLIM TRAITORS!, supported by zonist US and Israel for 3 decades. Mubarak’s planning exile to Tel Aviv.after Saudi Arabia rejected overtures. Fact speaks for itself. Therefore, IRAN IS INDEED A ROLE MODEL OF DEMOCRACY IN MIDEAST AND IN DEFENSE FOR RIGHTS OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. AFTER LEBANON AND TUNISIA, HERE COME EGYPT, JORDAN AND YEMEN TO FOLLOW SUIT. IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE, YES WE CAN. HANDS OFF FOR ZIONIST US. ZIONIST OBAMA PUBLICLY SUPPORTS REFORMS IN EGYPT BUT SECRETLY TO ENCOURAGE ZIONIST MUBARAK OF EGYPT TO HOLD OUT BY DIPLOMACY AS LONG AS POSSIBLE TILL THE PROTESTERS GIVE UP, ACCORDING TO NEW WIKILEAKS ! SAME AS IN BAHRAIN.

Furthermore,ISLAMOPHOBIA IS VERY SEVERE IN US. I WAS DENIED A JOB AT US POSTAL SERVICE AS A MAIL CARRIER BECAUSE I AM FROM EGYPT AND A MUSLIM, AND IT IS SO HARD TO FIND A LAWYER FOR MY CASE !
US SHALL LOOK AT ITSELF BEFORE REACHING OUT TO MUSLIM WORLD AND THAT MUSLIM PROTESTERS ARE NOT BUOYED IN FANTASY BY ZIONIST NEWS MEDIA !

Posted by: let_freedom_ring_in_egypt | February 19, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Obama unequivocably lumps Bahrain and Yemen, two regimes that Washington hopes will stand, together with the Libyan regime they hope will fall. The principles are being applied consistently, and that's all you can ask.
People notice that and respect it, including inveterate critics of the US like myself.

Posted by: kenonwenu | February 18, 2011 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Nobody in the wide world is thinking in terms of actual external intervention in any of the countries of the Middle East that are at present engulfed in unrest of their citizens. Mr Obama's statement, good as far as it goes, is a step in the right direction. But will the Middle Eastern potentates respond in at all a meaningful manner? It is more likely that they will try instead to ride roughshod over the feelings and demands of their peoples. As it is, several governments have already resorted to the use of force against their people. By that action they have in a way forfeited the support of their people. But who will call them to account? And if someone does, will they care and respond constructively? Perhaps not. When did tyrants and dictators bow to the wishes of their people? There is only one way in which a dictator will go: he will either withdraw with grace, or be thrown out by his peo[ple, or, worse, be Najibullahed. One or other of these eventualities will perhaps come to pass in every one of the Middle Eastern countries. That will take time, causing much suffering to the people perhaps. Meanwhile, tyrannical governments shall dig in their heels and try to rough it out as they best can - in their own interest and not in the interest of their people. One just does not know how juntas and other dictatorial regimes can be thrown out. At the best of times there are governments that are prepared to be on reasonably good terms with them: some are downright supporting and perhaps collusive partners. It is hard to see how tyrants can be got rid of. Revolution and violence are methods that history has known. Once in a while even a solution based on non-violence may be possible, depending on the nature and the degree of the blatancy of the tyrannical regime that they are up against. In the nature of things a regime of tyranny and misgovernance cannot think except in terms of further tyranny and misgovernance.
For a leading government like the US it is a matter of immense grace and kindness to have signified its disapproval in such candid terms. Perhaps there is a case for some sanctions to compel such regimes to respond well to their people. There is case even for some help to spped regimes towards participatory democracy instead of mere dictatorship or absolute monarchy, of which we see several instances in the Middle East today. An earlier US step offering some cash assistance to Egypt during transition is doubtless a step in the right direction. Similar gestures towards other Middle eastern countries may be equally in order - in due time.
V. C. Bhutani, vineycb1@vsnl.com, Delhi, India, Feb 19 2011, 1007 IST

Posted by: vineycb1 | February 18, 2011 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Better than I would have expected. Now, when is the Fifth Fleet, the hated Fifth Fleet, to set sale? And when are the US, the wily Brits, and the Germs scheduled to stop selling hundreds of millions in arms to Saudi Arabia, currently ready to level Bahrain?

Jes' askin'

Posted by: Farnaz2Mansouri21 | February 18, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

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