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alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: September 16th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought some more on this over night;

I don't want to be mistaken for defending the indefensible. Kim Jong Il (sp?) is a mad man, and his people suffer for it. We feel sorry for them because he is a madman, and they are innocent people, like most folks. China's human right policies are abismal (though we have a higher per capita prison rate than they do- ph33r.) Of course I am annual horrified as we grant them "mpst favored nation" status year after year, condoning the very behaviors we both find so abohrant, so we have our part to play there as well.

The point is, North Koreans don't love starving to death- their leader is a mad man. The Chninese don't want their human rights taken away- they are oppressed. And though "many Arab nations" may partake in cruel rituals in the name of justice, we hold onto the death penalty, sometimes blindly, and many Americans would call for a return to "old testament justice" that would very much resemble that which we condem in others.

Soemtimes leaders go mad. I hope that people will understand that just because I am American does not mean I condone the outrageous things Bush has done (or that Secret Service agents did at Abu Graves) and in the same light, I strive to remember that a nation's leaders often are not representative of thier people.
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