Saturday, February 28, 2004
China and Korea to issue Human Rights Record of US
These posts are submitted for your consideration with the perspective of frontrunner for the Democratic Party's candidate for president John Kerry's recent accusation that the Bush administration is "alienating all of our [political] friends" and "fueling anti-American sentiment around the world."
While Human Rights monitoring and support is a critically necessary endeavor in a globalized environment, the arrogance with which America dishes out censure while the current administration's foreign policies are backfiring like a hookered Harley, demonstrates the escalating lack of perspective and the obnoxious centricity that accounts for the alarming deterioration of American credibility on the world stage. China's response to these annual "reports" has typically been public indignation. This year,they're responding in kind, with a resounding me-too from Korea.
The major problem with the continuing American finger-pointing is not that reports about human rights abuses in themselves are unfair. It is imperative that human rights abuses, oversights and policies be challenged and this is not to say that China's record is exemplary in this respect. The problem is that America no longer has the moral authority to pontificate and continuing to do so allows those painfully real issues of human trafficking, the suppression of political dissent, abysmal and unsafe working conditions for miners and factory workers in developing countries to now take a back seat to nationalistic brickbatting. Grow up, America.
BEIJING, Feb. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- The Information Office of the State Council of China will issue on March 1 the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2003, in response to the latter's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices which contains "many distortions and denouncements".
Korea Seconds the Motion
With even stronger language, Korea, whom we now want to convince to disarm their nuclear program, responds in kind. Having followed the six-party talks last week in Beijing on this issue, I have to wonder if they would have been more productive without the presence and and arguable influence of the United States.
DPRK refutes US accusation of human rights abuses
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