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Post time 2012-1-1 22:04:21 |Display all floors
Founded by idealists who wanted to make the world a better place, [the human rights movement] has in recent years become the vanguard of a new form of imperialism.

Want to depose the government of a poor country with resources? Want to bash Muslims? Want to build support for American military interventions around the world? Want to undermine governments that are raising their people up from poverty because they don’t conform to the tastes of upper west side intellectuals? Use human rights as your excuse!


Human Rights Watch is hardly the only offender. There are a host of others, ranging from Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders to the Carr Centre for Human Rights at Harvard and the pitifully misled “anti-genocide” movement. All promote an absolutist view of human rights permeated by modern western ideas that westerners mistakenly call “universal”.


Just as Human Rights Watch led the human rights community as it arose, it is now the poster child for a movement that has become a spear-carrier for the “exceptionalist” belief that the west has a providential right to intervene wherever in the world it wishes.


Those who have traditionally run Human Rights Watch and other western-based groups that pursue comparable goals come from societies where crucial group rights – the right not to be murdered on the street, the right not to be raped by soldiers, the right to go to school, the right to clean water, the right not to starve – have long since been guaranteed. In their societies, it makes sense to defend secondary rights, like the right to form a radical newspaper or an extremist political party. But in many countries, there is a stark choice between one set of rights and the other. Human rights groups, bathed in the light of self-admiration and cultural superiority, too often make the wrong choice.


Human rights need to be considered in a political context. The question should not be whether a particular leader or regime violates western-conceived standards of human rights. Instead, it should be whether a leader or regime, in totality, is making life better or worse for ordinary people.
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Post time 2012-1-1 22:11:46 |Display all floors
Yeah...no one should care about people over their governments.

  
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In answer to the OP ..........

Yes .........

These same countries seem to have adopted the idea that arbitrary assassination is a government right .......

And that would include civilian men, women and children by drone attacks. I fail to see where these people can even dare talk about the high moral ground when they ignore it to suit.

This year 2011 saw horrendous deaths from this type attack with the usual  ........Oooops !!!

As the reaction  ........

And the media, well, maybe one day or two at the most and then forgotten ........

Whereas, in any other country not a favourite because they are independent, they get constant attention for any infraction of the exceptionalist media ideals including international awards and massive media profiling ...........

Laughable  ...........   


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Post time 2012-1-1 22:48:43 |Display all floors
Why have concern for common people when you can love their government?
  
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JFenix Post time: 2012-1-1 22:48
Why have concern for common people when you can love their government?

Fenix is drunk ...........

Yes ........

Happy New Year to you as well .........      


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Post time 2012-1-1 23:16:21 |Display all floors
Its 10am here.

I don't think I'm still drunk.
  
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