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Putting Words in his Mouth

Yesterday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew spoke at the United Nations General Assembly, where they were commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps by Allied forces during WWII. He spoke of defending the rights of all humans who suffer harm because of their race, religion and colour.

This is what Mr. Pettigrew had to say,
"For collective security there must also be collective responsibility. And there can be no indifference to crimes of hate. It is why we have championed the establishment of the international criminal court and international legal instruments such as the conventions on genocide."
But this is what I actually think he meant,
"For collective security there must also be collective responsibility, by this I mean, only if it suits our national interests or if there is a major public outcry over our inaction, will we help. And there can be no indifference to crimes of hate, unless these events take place in Africa, then of course, we do nothing. It is why we have championed the establishment of the international criminal court and international legal instruments such as the conventions on genocide, not that it matters, we'll never put the 'genocide label' on any situation because then we'd be obligated to act, and we don't want that now do we?"
I don't know about you, but I'd much rather have my politicians tell me how it is, instead of blowing smoke up my ass. I can't except the fact that Canada and every other nation of the world doesn't care about human rights quite as much as they let on. Please, don't tell me that you care about, and will assist all those who suffer, then not back up your rhetoric.

To hear the governments of the world tell it, they would go to any length to stop genocide from taking place and protect the rights of all the oppressed in the world. But if that's the case, what happened in Rwanda and the Sudan? Why do world leaders ignore China's human rights abuses so they can secure business contacts?

crossposted to The Shotgun

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