Saturday, March 12, 2011
I am sure that everyone is aware of the travesty that happened yesterday in Japan, and it really made me start to wonder what we as a class would say in response. We have been talking a lot about a country's right/responsibility to intervene when human rights are seen to be taken away, and there has been some disagreement over whether these rights had to be taken away by active violators, or if just the lack of access to these rights was sufficient reason for active roles to be taken. I am really curious as to those falling in the previous category whether they believe it is our country's responsibility to go and help those in need after such a catastrophic event. Personally I believe that it is absolutely our responsibility and duty to lend a helping hand to those who have had their lives destroyed and rights demolished by the earthquake, however I am open to arguments from the opposition. I just feel that if we are going to commit to UNIVERSAL human rights, then they can't only be acknowledged as lacking when there is a perpetrator but rather whenever they are taken away they MUST be acknowledged. And in Acknowledging them, those who have the power to act in defense of these rights must stand and do so, drawing on all resources available to help the global family that is humankind. So lets hear some feedback!