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Summary: United States President Barack Obama Tuesday urged Bahrain's rulers to hold accountable those responsible for human rights abuses during a crackdown on pro-democracy protests and called for a compromise between the government and the opposition.
The reason this is important is the people of the county are entitled to have one person they elect to hold accountable for the performance of the county,'' Yaroslavsky said.
Fundamentalist Islamic movements fall into this category--and unlike the Roman Catholic Church, they have no hierarchical organization to hold accountable.