Friday, September 25, 2015

Hypocrisy with a big H

The Jesus and Mo cartoon this week is bang on the money WRT Saudi Arabia and human rights abuses. I've blogged about this many times before, but it seems particularly relevant at the moment because the Saudis have just been appointed to head the UN Human Rights Council (an already debased body) The hypocrisy of this decision need hardly be pointed out, according to Amnesty International the Saudi regime is one of the worst for freedom of expression and religion (or none), torture, discrimination and Women's rights ergo they don't belong anywhere near any human rights council.

Call me old fashioned, but I always think that you can judge the strength and moral standing of a political system by correlating the amount of covering up and killing that goes on within it's borders; in the case of Wahhabist Saudi Arabia (among other theocratic/dictatorial regimes in the Middle East) that's an awful lot. If it weren't for the natural resources beneath that particular part of the planet (i.e. pure chance) then the story would be so, so different, hypocrisy only surpassed by a seemingly criminal ambivalence toward health and safety.


Chairman Bill said...

The whole UN is a laughing stock.

The Security Council is anything but. It's dictated to by Russia and China, for God's sake!

Steve Borthwick said...

CB, sadly I have to agree, a nice idea spoiled by apish impulses.