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Countries such as Israel and Apartheid South Africa are/were particularly vociferous in their complaints of Double standards. Whatever their failings, weren't Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Rwanda etc. far more egregious violations of human rights? Objectively yes.  But if you claim to be a "western democracy" upholding "western" standards, you will also be judged by those standards.

Aside from Israel's claims to be a democracy, there is the far more compelling case that The WestTM is complicit in Israel's crimes, by virtue of active support for them, where it was merely a spectator - and a comparatively impotent one - to Pol Pot's crimes.

The WestTM had no power to compel Pol Pot to respect human rights. Having no economic or diplomatic relations worth speaking of with a regime rather limits your range of sanctions. But The WestTM could compel Israel to respect human rights by the simple expedient of withdrawing the generous support extended to it.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 at 12:43:39 PM EST
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