Thursday, March 09, 2006
The Irony Meter's Pegged Well Into The Red On This One
Guess who's now lecturing George W. Bush on human rights abuses. Just guess. And the saddest thing of all is that they have several very valid points here:
Dong noted that the U.S. not only had a long history of racial discrimination, but also frequent cases of judicial officials infringing upon civilians' rights, as well as a large population suffering from poverty, hunger and lack of housing. The U.S. is one of the few countries that sentences child offenders to death and ranked next to the last among 22 developed nations in the world in terms of the child poverty index. Refusing to pass the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the U.S. is one of the two last nations that have not attended the International Convention on the Children's Rights, and one of the few that has not joined the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It is also the only Western nation voting against Declaration on the Right to Development. Over the past year, several scandals in the U.S. have exposed the government's violation of human rights. The U.S. government's authorization of the use of surveillance on common civilians without going through the courts sparked controversy and protests nationwide. Exposure of lobbyist Jack Abram off evoked a furor in the U.S. political circle, giving people a clearer picture of the truth behind money buying power. News stories also revealed that the U.S. strangled international media during the Iraqi war, planned to bomb Al Jazeera's headquarters, and even secretly set up prisons in Europe. "Such undeniable facts have drawn wide attention and sharp criticism from the international community," Dong said. Furthermore, the United Nations recently issued a human rights report, revealing the cruel treatment people received in the U.S. prisons, Dong acknowledged. The pictures of Iraqi people abused in the U.S. prisons have also caused global uproar. Dong indicated that all these facts demonstrated that the U.S. human rights record does not comply with its economic and social development, and also sharply contrasted with its so-called title of "human rights guard". With the whole world focusing on the U.S. human rights problems, the U.S. still adopts inappropriate and unpopular acts to publish human rights reports on other countries but without mentioning its own problems.But of course, don't expect to see any mention of this in the US press.
One imagines that Romans didn't understand how those subject people couldn't see that Roman rule was the best thing that could have happened to them. Then the Roman Empire fell.
I'm worried about the backlash when the American Empire falls but even more concerned about what the American Empire does now. The American People are kept in ignorance so they are not the ones who are going to dismantle it.
The famous quote by Mark Twain, that we could either have democracy or an empire but not both, is one of the most important things said in the last century. It should be known by everyone but it won't be.
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