whose human rights are we talking about here?
There were posters that read Stop the War in Iraq and the requisite No Blood for Oil, the astute Fuck A War, and my personal favorite, Iraqi Children are not Collateral Damage.
One would think that on something called Human Rights Day, these protesters would not be out there - in essence - supporting the continuation of Saddam's murderous regime.
Human Rights? How about sticking the children of political prisoners in tightly packed cells and starving them to death? Torture? Acid baths? Hanging and beheading right on the streets? Why aren't you over in Iraq protesting that?
Oh, but what about the children of Iraq who are being starved by sanctions, you ask?
Well, it seems to me that if their leader is living in splendor in palaces with servants and gold trim on the molding and luxuries that most people in America couldn't afford, then protesters should be asking not why the American government is starving Iraqi children, but why Saddam is living in the lap of luxury while his people live in poverty.
Oh, perhaps they forgot that Saddam does not really give a damn about "his people." Yet there goes the Human Rights brigade, shouting at us to stop the suffering, to leave the people of Iraq alone, to think of the children.
We are thinking of the children, kiddies.
Remember Afghanistan? I was reading an article in National Geographic about the people of that country, and how they are faring post-invasion. For the most part, they talked about freedom. They talked about being able to walk the streets and show their faces and go to school. They were smiling. They were happy. They were relieved.
Why wouldn't you want that for the people of Iraq, too? You talk about human rights and human suffering and blood for oil and protest and chant and march, but did you ever ask the people of that country if you really speak for them? I think you would be hard pressed to find an Iraqi who would say "no, please do not liberate us from Mr. Saddam, he is so good to us." Unless, of course, Saddam was standing close by with a watchful eye and a gun.
Human rights, indeed. In my eyes, to call for America to not take Saddam out of power is to call for more and more Iraqis to die and suffer. And don't think it doesn't go unnoticed. I'm sure your buddy Saddam smiles wryly every time one of his lackeys tells him about anti-war protests.