When former president Jimmy Carter gave a speech on December 7, 1978 on the importance of human rights in American diplomacy, Wei Jingsheng, a young Chinese man was listening in Beijing; he also made the grave mistake of believing him; So much so that the following day a wall poster went up in Beijing, the author of this famous poster being none other than Wei Jingsheng.
Carter’s words cost Wei his
freedom. The Democracy Wall
movement led by Wei was quickly squashed by the Chinese government. The dissidents, mostly students, were
jailed. Wei was sentenced to 15 years which caused the Carter administration to
issue its first and only negative statement to
Today, the Bush Administration does
Not withstanding the human rights abuses in its own backyard, and the support given to the crimes/genocide being committed by Israel, Pentagon has decided to give full support to the activists to such the extent that it would arouse not only suspicion in the Islamic regime, but learning from the Chinese experience, force it to crack down even harder on the public, activists in particular, closing centers such as the one being run by Dr. Shirin Ebadi. Their aim is to arouse hatred and rebellion towards the regime by provoking them to be more oppressive towards the populace. In addition, by humiliating intellectuals such as the recent Sharif scientists at the US ports of entry, the neo-cons intention is for the public to turn their indignation and humiliation against the regime; disrupting the unity that had been achieved through supporting the Nuclear program – following the age-old British motto ‘divide and conquer’.
Regrettably, the Pentagon planning
would not end with the masses turning on the IRI; the bombs would come after the
crowd has been divided and ‘prepared’ to receive a ‘friendly regime’. It would seem that this administration
has lost touch with reality and still envisages ‘a greeting with flowers’ in
The optimists among us may choose to believe that ‘human rights’ is meaningful to the Administration. One may ask how long must it be condemned for Guantanamo Bay and Abu Gharib and for practicing rendition in an effort to extract information by way of torture in ‘friendly’ countries? One could answer this is a White House which as recently as August 2006 made a mockery of human rights by drafting amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from possible criminal charges for authorizing any humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees [ii]. Personally, I would like to take the side of caution.
[i] James Mann, ‘About Face: A history of
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