Web
	Analytics Made Easy - StatCounter
Rasa News Agency - Western Governments Can’t Handle the Truth Unless You Speak to Them With a Mirror
Monday, December 17, 2018
Service : > Commentary
Time : Tuesday, December 4, 2018
News ID: 441888
 
A Tale of Two Cities:
Western Governments Can’t Handle the Truth Unless You Speak to Them With a Mirror
Rasa - France's most violent urban riot in a decade continues to engulf central Paris as "yellow jacket" activists torch cars, smash windows, loot stores and tag the Arc de Triomphe with multi-colored graffiti.

RNA - Protesters angry about rising taxes and the high cost of living clash with French riot police, who close off some of the city's most popular tourist areas and fire tear gas and water cannon as they try to quell the mayhem in the streets.

 

Some might say France is marching toward a new revolution. Not so fast. That’s hardly the case. This is just about so-called “violence” denounced by French President Emmanuel Macron. So those who attack police and vandalize the Arc de Triomphe will be "held responsible for their acts".

 

Now imagine for a moment that this was all happening in Tehran. All hell would break loose in the West. Western governments would hold an emergency meeting in Brussels on the violent protests, calling it a revolution, while bashing any response from the Iranian government unacceptable, even taking the matter to the UN Security Council for a resolution that would trigger sanctions on Tehran.

 

But Paris is not Tehran and what is happening there is “violence that has nothing to do with the peaceful expression of a legitimate anger" and "no cause justifies" attacks on police or pillaging stores and burning buildings. Further still, the government of Macron sees no reason to answer any questions from journalists about the situation in Paris - even though this is the third straight weekend of clashes in Paris with activists dressed in the fluorescent yellow vests of a new protest movement and the worst urban violence since at least 2005.

 

Indeed, the scene and the international reaction sharply contradicts with last year’s guild-related protests in Iran, where because of Western double standards, demonstrations were naively or deliberately considered by Western governments as “a new revolution” that would lead to “regime-change”.

 

According to Fars News Agancy, unlike in France, they condemned Iranian police deployed to try to contain the violence, which were similar to those in Paris about price hikes and unpaid wages. Western governments even voiced their concerns for arresting those involved in violence and burning shops, with little or no care for injured police officers. That’s unlike the way they have all reacted to the ongoing violent clashes in Paris in recent week. They have backed the French government and condemned the protesters.

 

However, Western governments cannot have a double standard here. They cannot see the violent protests in France as different from the reality, or from those in Iran. They cannot use two different sets of judgment when it comes to a similar violence happening in Paris and Tehran.

 

It is time they stopped using a double standard for measuring their own and other nations’ policies. Their demands for democratic practices in other lands will be no more effective than the guarantees of those practiced in their own country.

 

847/940

Share
Send Comment
Name :
E-mail:(Optional)
Comment Text:
Send
Comments
Monday, December 17, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/16/583069/US-Iran-Saudi-Arabia
America should work with Iran rather than Saudi Arabia: American academic
Rasa - America should be cooperating with Iran rather than terror-sponsoring Saudi Arabia, says an American university professor, adding that it is “very shameful” that things are currently the other ...
Monday, December 17, 2018
http://www.rasanews.ir/detail/News/589882/96
The Islamic Revolution has served the Iranian people for the past 40 years: Tabarsi
Rasa – The representative of the Supreme Leader in Mazandaran province said that over ‎the past four decades, valuable services were provided by the Islamic system to the people.‎
Monday, December 17, 2018
Interview
At least seven killed in Indian-occupied Kashmir
Rasa – A resident of Indian-occupied Kashmir said that seven civilians and ‎three terrorists killed were killed in an encounter in Indian-occupied Kashmir.‎
Monday, December 17, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970925000264
US Setting Up More Military Bases in Raqqa Near Border with Turkey
Rasa - The US army set up two more military bases in Syria's Raqqa province near the border with Turkey as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dispatched military convoys to the region to confront an i...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583020/funeral-West-Bank-Israel
Palestinian teenage boy killed by Israeli forces laid to rest
Rasa - Palestinians have held a funeral procession for a teenager shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the occupied West Bank.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000552
'Mayhem', 'Revolution' Like Never Before If British Politicians Don't Deliver Brexit: Yellow Vests UK
Rasa - Yellow vest-wearing activists took to the streets of London on Friday, blocking traffic and chanting pro-Brexit slogans, saying about their mistrust in politicians and hopes for a clean exit fr...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583010/Afghanistan-Kunar-airstrike
US airstrike kills 20 civilians in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar: Officials
Rasa - At least 20 women and children have been killed in an airstrike conducted by US warplanes in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar, local officials say.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000410
US Sends $331mln Bill to Saudi Arabia, UAE After Refueling 'Accounting Error'
Rasa - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should pay the US military $331 million more for the aerial refueling they received during the Yemen war, the Pentagon said, citing an "accounting erro...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583003/India-Kashmir-protest-proindependence-militants
7 Kashmir civilians shot dead by Indian troops
Rasa - Seven civilians have been killed and nearly two dozen injured when Indian troops fired on protesters in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000160
Israeli Forces Injure Tens of Palestinians at Gaza Border, West Bank: Report
Rasa - Dozens of Palestinians were injured by live bullets or rubber-coated rounds on Friday as Israeli forces attacked hundreds of people at Gaza border and many points of friction across the occupie...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583004/Israels-Chief-of-General-Staff-Eizenkot-travelled-to-UAE-twice-last-month-Report
Israel's Chief of General Staff traveled to UAE twice last month: Report
Rasa - The president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) says the chief of staff of the Israeli military, Gadi Eisenkot, secretly traveled twice in November to the United Arab Emir...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000222
Israeli Forces Detain 100 Palestinians in West Bank
Rasa - Israeli forces arrested more than 100 Palestinians, including lawmakers and former prisoners, during large-scale raids that targeted many areas across the occupied West Bank throughout the past...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/582986/Myanmar-president-Win-Myint-Rohingya-Muslims-Rakhine
Myanmar praises violence-hit Rakhine for ‘auspicious’ year
Rasa - Myanmar's president has turned a blind eye to widespread atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims, describing the current year as “auspicious” for Rakhine state, the epicenter of the...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13970922000412
Yemeni People Collect Clean Water in Sana'a
Rasa - Millions of desperate children and families across Yemen could soon be without food, clean water or sanitation because of the deepening economic crisis and unrelenting violence in the port city...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000240
Syrian Army Preempts Terrorists' Offensives from Demilitarized Zone
Rasa - The Damascus Army's artillery and missile units pounded the movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and its allies from the demilitarized zone in ...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/582967/Iraq-Lebanon-war-Israel-United-States-Syria
Iraqi fighters: Hezbollah not to be left alone in war
Rasa - An Iraqi anti-terror paramilitary group has pledged to stand by Hezbollah in the event of a war following recent Israeli operations near the Lebanese border.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
2:31
8.64 MB
Rasa - Imam Hassan al-Askari, the 11th Shiites' Imam, advised his followers that it is their duty to attract people's hearts and minds to Ahl al-Bait (Family of Prophet Muhammad) by their actions and ...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/582966/Israel-Palestine-Protest
Israeli brutality sign of panic, weakness: Journalist
Rasa - Israel has resorted to harsh tactics in the face of recent Palestinian protests, because the Israeli officials are well aware of their weaknesses in dealing with freedom-seeking Palestinians, s...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/14/582940/US-Pentagon-Yemen-war-air-refueling-Saudi-UAE
US asks Saudi, UAE to pay $331mn more for Yemen War aerial refueling
Rasa - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should pay the US military $331 million more for the aerial refueling they received during the Yemen war, the Pentagon has said, citing an "accounting ...
Saturday, December 15, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970923000760
Senate Votes to End US Support for Saudi War on Yemen: What Next?
Rasa - On Thursday, December 13, the United States Senate passed S.J. Resolution 54.