Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Conscience of convenience

Barack Obama entertained Chinese president Hu Jintao today. Among other things, Obama politely admonished China for its "human rights" record:
"History shows that societies are more harmonious, nations are more successful and the world is more just when the rights and responsibilities of all nations and all people are upheld, including the universal rights of every human being..."
One can't help exclaim: What cheek!

The United States of America is presently waging at least one clearly illegal war. President Obama's men routinely shoot and bomb Afghanis, Iraqis, and North Africans on their own soil for doing nothing more than what Americans themselves do - choose violence to advance their own philosophical or economic goals (however disagreeable they may be). The number of civilian deaths from the aimless Iraq war is almost 100,000 if not more. The American armament industry thrives on wars waged abroad.

While the civility with which America treats its own citizens is indeed remarkable, it shows no regard whatsoever for rights of human beings elsewhere, except in self-serving circumstances. Really, what moral audacity to call someone else's human rights record in doubt!

Warmonger-in-chief meets lesser evil (photo credit: IBT)

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