Posted Sep 14, 2010 17:17 UTC (Tue) by Doogie
In reply to: Citizen Linus
Parent article: Citizen Linus
It's in a whole different league compared to the really nasty countries like Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, etc.
How exactly do you know this? If you are like most people who "know" these countries are "evil", then you learned it through the mainstream press who uncritically report on what politicians and talking heads say. The same press that uncritically reported Saddam Hussein was a direct and immediate threat to the USA.
This is not to say that those are great places to live, but the people who do live there are not inherently evil, they are most likely simply undereducated and misinformed, something that we in the "Civilized West" are increasingly falling for as well.
The world is not black and white, and our treatment of issues around human rights and democracy need to reflect that fact. The same thing needs to be understood by people who knee-jerk anti-American sentiment as well.
It tends to oppress people outside the US...
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