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  • Yes but not from our current government

    The US government should have used force to defend human rights in Rwanda and Darfur but it didn't.

    The pattern of the US government going to war has been towards certain financial interests rather than national defense or human rights.

    So any claims to be going to war for human rights from the US government should be treated with suspicion by the American public. It's not so much that the US government lies but that it's naive when it's convenient to be naive. For example, the first Bush trusted the Kuwaiti princess' convenient story about the Iraqi military killing babies which turned out not to be true. And then the second quickly relied on evidence from an Iraqi trying to get a Green Card more easily which later turned out to be false. So excuse me if I don't trust the "Syria is using chemical weapons" excuse. How is Syria different from Rwanda? Syria has oil!

    The US should adopt a consistent policy of determining when to go to war and until those parameters are debated and decided the US should stop going to war. It is wasting our tax dollars and threatening our security. We can't police the world. No nation can. We have to learn to pick our battles.

  • Too important

    Human rights are a very important ideal of a society that calls itself civilized. However, a civilized society must also be vigilant, and understand that there are people who threaten it. Those people, if they cannot be reasoned with, will have to be dealt with, even in an "uncivilized" manner, in order to protect the well-being of the society as a whole.

  • What good is it if we don't?

    If a declaration of human rights is not backed up with the possibility of the use of force, then it's not worth the paper it's printed on. The post-WWI League of Nations failed largely because it had a lot of rhetoric but no ability to enforce its high-minded ideals. In this troubled world, nothing that can't be enforced with force is worth anything.

  • Yes force should be used to protect human rights if neccessary

    It's not the most peaceful solution obviously, but sometimes you are left with no other option but to use force to protect yourself and the rights of others. It's just the way life is. Violence is never pretty, but whether we like it or not, it is at times needed to keep us safe and our rights secure. The sooner we accept that instead of fearing it, the better off we will all be for it. Self defense, self protection and preservation, is something EVERYONE should know how to do, for themselves and for those around them.

    So yes force should be used to protect human rights, as sometimes we have no choice but to use it. Might as well be ready for it.

  • Yes, human rights should be protected at all costs

    I feel that if force is necessary to protect human rights, then it should absolutely be used. Human rights are the basis of living in a civil world, and providing as many people as possible with their basic human rights is the only way that we are going to make any progress towards world peace.

  • Yes but not from our current government The US government should have used force to defend human rights in Rwanda and Darfur but it didn't.

    Oo important Human rights are a very important ideal of a society that calls itself civilized. However, a civilized society must also be vigilant, and understand that there are people who threaten it. Those people, if they cannot be reasoned with, will have to be dealt with, even in an "uncivilized" manner, in order to protect the well-being of the society as a whole.
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  • It is no nessasay

    So any claims to be going to war for human rights from the US government should be treated with suspicion by the American public. It's not so much that the US government lies but that it's naive when it's convenient to be naive. For example, the first Bush trusted the Kuwaiti princess' convenient story about the Iraqi military killing babies which turned out not to be true. And then the second quickly relied on evidence from an Iraqi trying to get a Green Card more easily which later turned out to be false. So excuse me if I don't trust the "Syria is using chemical weapons" excuse. How is Syria different from Rwanda? Syria has oil!


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