The hyprocrisy of the western world
I just read an account of the Rwandan genocide here. This tragedy will go down in history as one of the greatest failures of the western world. Jordon keeps encouraging me to read a book about it and I think I will pick it up this Christmas. 5000 troops could have saved hundreds of thousands of lives but western democracies were too afraid of a few dozen casualities. The US government actually lobbied to pull UN troops out of Rwanda and refused to jam radio transmissions and save lives. What is it about western society that makes the public more concerned about a few dozen soldiers than hundreds of thousands of people? Are we so self absorbed that we care more about the few thousand gay people that want to get married than the thousands dying in the Sudan? We debate the merits of the Iraq invasion while we ignore problems that would be relatively cheap and easy to remedy in comparison. Does the western world really care about anyone else?