U.S. Media And Citizen Hypocrisy Attains New Heights
“All I can say, after talking to the people, watching the people, listening to the people: the Statue of Liberty, I think, is weeping right now,”
Gayle King on CBS This Morning.
"Protests are growing at processing centres nationwide, where those children are being detained,"
Hoda Kotb said on NBC's Today.
"Something disgraceful is happening, something that can be stopped,"
Ana Cabrera on CNN.
The above are just a few examples of the commendable U.S. media reaction — to the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy — that championed basic American values, family values, and morality. The last time the U.S. media was moved to express outrage was back in January when their so-called President — whom millions of Americans continue to blindly support despite his blatant daily lies and unabashed transgressions — made his racist remark about African nations, Haiti, and El Salvador being “shitholes” https://bit.ly/2K71Bjr
The cruel separation from their parents and detention of some 2,300 children rightly outraged many in the U.S. media with some even being moved to tears while listening to recordings of crying children. https://bit.ly/2Kk3QTI This same U,S. media, however — led by the Ochs-Sulzberger family owned New York Times — has for 70 yers either largely ignored or deliberately obfuscated the facts about Israel’s inhumane treatment of Palestinian children despite all the substantiated evidence, reports by human rights organisations, and available video recordings. https://bit.ly/1AlS9wL
“Israel continues to ignore the basic principles that guide juvenile courts within Israel and throughout the world, and especially the principle of “the child’s best interests,” and the understanding that incarcerating a minor must always be a measure of last resort. Israel has not introduced any changes to the early stages of the process – i.e., the minors' arrest and interrogation – although these phases are crucial to determining the minors’ fate. At these times, the minors are cut off from their environment and held without their parents or legal counsel, surrounded by adults who represent the occupying power. This continues in the interrogation, which is often carried out hours after the arrest, by which time the minors are hungry and exhausted. The interrogators subject them to threats, shouting and even violence until they manage to extract a confession from them, or allegedly incriminating statements against others.”
B'Tselem Report, March 2018. https://bit.ly/2tuT2b9
The U.S. media and American citizens (subjects), however, cannot in all honesty blame the current inhumanity on the U.S.-Mexico border on President Donald Trump alone. They too must accept some of the responsibility for what is happening in the U.S. because Trump represents who they are and what the have become.
It was after all in “their name” that the U.S. killed more than 20 Million People in 37 “victim nations” since World War II https://bit.ly/2ymNssN; in their name that U.S. is involved in brutal Syrian and Yemeni civil wars and in the ongoing violence and instability across Iraq that have displaced millions of people with over half of them being children; in their name that the U.S. continues to seek the toppling of democratically elected latin American countries while doing nothing about countries such as Myanmar (Burma) where the Muslim Rohingya people are being ethnically cleansed by a government being supplied with arms from Israel https://bit.ly/2IiQnXk; in their name and with their tax dollars that the U.S. has helped to finance the barbaric occupation and ethnic cleansing in Palestine by an Apartheid Israeli regime; and it is also in their name and with $700 billion of their tax dollars that the U.S. is able to continue militarising the globe with some 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories while America's poor are becoming more destitute and "most Americans don't care about it. They have bought the line peddled by conservative groups that poor people deserve what they are getting," https://cnn.it/2Kf1aqu
“The protection of fundamental human rights was a foundation stone in the establishment of the United States over 200 years ago. Since then, a central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been the promotion of respect for human rights, as embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The United States understands that the existence of human rights helps secure the peace, deter aggression, promote the rule of law, combat crime and corruption, strengthen democracies, and prevent humanitarian crises.
Because the promotion of human rights is an important national interest, the United States seeks to:
Hold governments accountable to their obligations under universal human rights norms and international human rights instruments;
Promote greater respect for human rights, including freedom from torture, freedom of expression, press freedom, women's rights, children's rights, and the protection of minorities;
Promote the rule of law, seek accountability, and change cultures of impunity; and
Coordinate human rights activities with important allies, including the EU, and regional organisations.”
U.S. Department of State
So Guess What . . .
The U.S. has withdrawn from the world’s most important human rights body in protest at its frequent criticism of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people. This was the latest example of the subversive extent to which the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) controls the U.S. government whose first allegiance is to Israel and whose members were required to sign a pledge to support Israel https://bit.ly/2Mj3KsS
So please America, spare us your hypocrisy and lectures about democracy and human rights — concepts about which you know nothing, and for which you have no respect — and instead concentrate on educating the more than 32 million Americans who cannot read; on improving the lives of the more than 50 million Americans who live below the poverty line; on addressing the grim reality that some 48 million Americans have to rely on food stamps for survival; on reducing the growing gap between the rich and the poor https://bit.ly/2MeB2JI; on having elected representatives whose first loyalty is to the American people; on not interfering in the affairs of other nations and alternatively minding your own; and finally, on starting to practice what you so bombastically preach. Thank you!