Thursday, March 08, 2007

Mirror, mirror on the wall ... for the USA

Being hypocritically thick-skinned, the US State Department had the brazenness to issue its annual assessment of human rights in more than 190 countries. It attacked one of its favourite political target, China over the latter's human rights record.

Is the US correct? I would say so – yes, China does have a human rights problem.

But then, how can a country that operates Guanatanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Bagram (this one is really bad), and many more worse terrifying torture holes throughout the world through its extraordinary rendition programme (outsourcing torture – read Stephen Grey’s new book Ghost Planes), have the effontery to issue human rights report?

The USA is a terrorist state that has caused the death of hundreds of thousands of innocents in Iraq, Afghanistan etc, and which supported and supplied cluster bombs to Israel and condoned (nay, even collaborated) in the wanton destruction of Lebanon and the murder of its people, as well as the continuing neo-colonial subjugation of the Palestnians.

Hardly surprising that Beijing dismissed the US report as a joke, and said: "We would like to advise America to care more about its own human rights issues and stop interfering with other nations' domestic politics."

And in a tit for tat response, China will issue a report today on US’ human rights records.

1 comment:

  1. True, the list of US crimes against humanity is long, but I would still prefer to live in a world where the US, rather than China, is the sole superpower (though that may soon change).