Friday, May 27, 2005

War crimes, dictators, ignorance

Neither Jason nor the guy from Bright Eyes is gonna like this.

Amnesty International has a bone to pick, and that bone is US human rights policy.

The organization is not too happy with Sudan, the Congo, Zimbabwe, Haiti, and most of all, the US. They say that crimes against prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay have set a poor example to the world, and left the door open for dictators in other countries to abuse their people.

They're also not to happy that the US bullied smaller countries - countries that receive aid from the US - into signing an agreement that exempts US persons from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. It seems that when some of these countries didn't want to sign the agreement, the US pulled our military aid and was threatening the withdrawal of economic aid. That's what you like to see in a benevolent nation. Extortion.

So what do we do about it? Nothing, of course.

Ignorance is bliss.

Given the complacence and comfort of the North American lifestyle, it's easy to be blind to the injustices of this world.

My wife's mom likes to say that we all need to step out of our comfort zone, to challenge ourselves and see who we really are. And to find out what we really believe.

If only that happened more often.

"Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence."
--Mahatma Gandhi

1 Comments:

Blogger Jason said...

You're right. I don't like it.

11:30 AM  

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