It’s the same Old Western world. Having rewarded Qatar for its role in the Arab Spring, it’s now opposing hosting of the World Cup to deflect attention from its own misdeeds in the Middle East and North African region.
The ‘free world’ outcry over the deaths of immigrant labourers and their harsh working conditions is hypocrisy at its worst. The International Labour Organisation report there are 50 million people caught in “modern slavery” around the world. Qatar at least amended their labour laws and extended help to workers.
Where lack of personal freedoms and human rights abuse are concerned, many of the West’s business partners are guilty of them. Will the West stop doing business with them? No. The truth is that no nation’s cupboard is empty of skeletons.
Drinking is banned in Qatar, but for the World Cup, Qatar allowed alcohol consumption in designated areas. Though FIFA later banned the sale of alcohol.
Same sex relationships are not allowed either but, here too, an accommodation has been made. LGBT couples can’t parade their affection in public and disrespect local traditions, but they are allowed to stay together in hotel rooms in Qatar.
The war on Qatar never stopped despite all the concessions they made on some of the rules, and the improvements they made in bringing regulations into line with international labour standards.
In any case, the awakening of the West to human rights issues is amusing, especially when the world is witnessing the inhuman treatment of Asians, African, and Latin American migrants in Western countries.