Friday, March 04, 2005


America’s Double Standard, Again

In response to the US State Department’s annual human rights report, the US itself has received a barrage of criticism, most notably from China. While China of course can’t cackle too loudly on this subject, it and other countries are totally justified in pointing out what is a common theme in this blog: America’s double standard.

A survey of US history shows that the land of the free and home of the brave does not have a particularly boastful record when it comes to observing human rights. And the situation is getting worse by the day.

China’s Human Rights Record of the US in 2004 is indeed a sobering look at America’s shabby treatment of people, even its own citizens. It certainly makes a mockery of the pious and self-righteous pronouncements of US leaders. The State Department evidently has no sense of shame, and the Bush administration clearly has not noticed the giant log sticking out of its eye.

Why can’t America live up to its ideals? The world would be a far better place if it did.

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