letters to the editor
THE EDITOR: Just before the World Cup began, there was a proliferation of negative articles in the Western media about human rights abuses in the host country, Qatar.
What made this worse was the deliberate and massive disrespect of Qatari culture by Western countries.
The England World Cup team flew to Qatar on a Gay Pride plane, openly flaunting the LGBTQI+ agenda and deliberately insulting the hosts.
This is a classic case of “pot(s) calling the kettle black”. It shows the hypocrisy of the colonialist and imperialist countries. Who has committed more human rights abuses than the United States and Western European countries?
But people are reluctant to call things by space lest they jeopardize their ability to obtain a visa to enter those countries.
Let’s see what the story says.
The Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 allowed seven European countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, and England) to divide the African continent among themselves and benefit from the many riches of the earth. Of course, no native of that continent had a say in this matter.
King Leopold II of Belgium carried out a systematic program of rape, mutilation and genocide of millions of Congolese.
As recently as 2010, former Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel, father of future Prime Minister Charles Michel (2014-2019), according to a BBC News report, called Leopold II “a hero with ambitions for a small country like Belgium.” .
The US war in Vietnam witnessed horrific human rights abuses when planeloads of napalm bombs, manufactured by the Dow Chemical Company, were dropped on innocent citizens. There is an iconic photo of a terrified girl, left naked by burning her clothes, running in terror after one of those chemical bombs hit her village.
The Jews, rightly so, will never let the world forget about the Holocaust carried out by Germany.
However, whenever the discussion of slavery comes up, Western governments, both American and European, say that it is not important and that one should forget about it. In other words, the descendants of slaves must remain “dumb and foolish.”
Jim Crow laws were passed, after slavery ended, to legalize racial segregation in the US. These laws denied slaves and their descendants the right to vote, work, education, intermarriage , etc. Codes were instituted in the southern states to marginalize former slaves.
There were brutal punishments, including the lynching of very young children, for alleged violations of the law. African-Americans were incarcerated, sometimes for decades, simply because of word-of-mouth evidence from white “victims.”
Apartheid practiced by white South Africans was fully supported by Western governments. There were many state-sanctioned abuses under apartheid that Western countries were very reluctant to condemn.
Facts are stubborn things and economics always trumps human rights.
LINUS F. DIDIER