Thursday, May 26, 2005

They are all Terrorists!

A new Amnesty International report points out what we all already know.

"The USA, as the unrivalled political, military and economic hyper-power, sets the tone for governmental behaviour worldwide. When the most powerful country in the world thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights, it grants a licence to others to commit abuse with impunity and audacity. From Israel to Uzbekistan, Egypt to Nepal, governments have openly defied human rights and international humanitarian law in the name of national security and “counter-terrorism”."
Now I have to be truthful when I say that I have never been a big fan of the way the US runs things in the world outside their borders, so my view may be a bit biased, I admit that. However for the so-called land of the free to abuse human rights in the name of the War on Terror is wrong. As Amnesty details above, now every country is doing it. Every time there is opposition to the government it is very easy to claim terrorism and throw them in jail without trail or kill them. I have heard the argument that the world has changed and this is the way it is now. Well that is bullshit, imprisoning people without charge or murdering them, there is no excuse for that.
Now that America (well the government anyway, there are plenty of good people who probably wouldn't do this) has trampled on human rights, violated international law and murdered thousands of innocent Iraqis, maybe it is time to step back, look at what is happening in the world and who is following the lead.
The silence from the American government over the massacres in Uzbekistan is deafening...
San Nakji for President!


Oricon Ailin said...

I am a very proud American, and I don't believe in abusing human civil rights as well. But, also, something to think about...

There are so many countries in this world that beg for help from the USA, and then bitch and moan about the help they get. Our neighbors to the very south of us (only about 5 miles from home here), are the worst about it. They hate us, but they don't mind coming up over the border to take jobs here, get Food stamps, WIC, and financial aid. Yet, they despise us. Hmmmm.

San Nakji said...

I think the problem here is that the US picks and chooses who they help. As you can see from my Zimbabwe post there seems to be no end to the misery, but no help from anyone... Good on you for being proud of your country, you have a lot to be proud about ;)