Of course, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia have been violently repressing civilian demonstrations since the "Arab Spring" movement began, and I imagine this newest situation will be treated somewhat the same way in our mainstream press.
As with these aforementioned regimes, the royal family of Qatar may be extremely harsh and repressive to its populace, but because they supply us with oil, our governments deem it OK to look the other way.
Interesting to note the different stances to regimes such as Egypt, Libya and Syria for very similar reactions to upheaval among their citizenry.
That said, I'm not condoning any violence from any parties, only pointing out the obvious hypocrisy constantly displayed by our governments.
I always nuance the positions of the governments of nations to those of their citizens, because worldwide political appointments have had the tendency to occur with much less that 50% of popular vote in recent history.
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