I’m late to the party on this one but I thought due to the fact that I wrote about this previously that it would be okay if I touched on it now. Back in November Reuters and other news agencies wrote of a unusual event in the Department of State. A group of diplomats used formal dissent channels to accuse Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of flouting the CSPA.
As I wrote in a previous Inferno article, the old administration had taken a hostile approach to human rights. I would have used ambivalent but I thought the active resistance and persistent wavering of CSPA should garner a more negative word.
Unfortunately if there’s one thing that gets bipartisan support in this country it would be the brutal disregard for human rights in favor of playing geopolitical games and setting up Monsanto for the next layup.
The issue of destroying children’s futures enmasse is easily one of the most morally disgusting acts in human history and not an issue that should be looked at through any partisan lens. Rights of the Child should be ratified, and the CSPA should be more than a symbolic act. Unfortunately the world isn’t perfect and we’ve very rarely had to face the consequences for such dark decision making.
While I applaud the efforts of Department of State in this very specific incident, shining a light on our enabling of child slavery, I don’t want anyone to think for one minute that Department of State conducts itself with human rights in mind. Human rights are a tool to exploit politically, and Department of State will call attention or disregard abuses as they see fit. This doesn’t negate the fact that I will accept justice or help advocate for human rights where I can.
“State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, questioned at length by reporters on the issue at her daily briefing, strongly defended Tillerson’s decision as valid and in “technical compliance with the law in the way he read it.””
This is the the sort of rhetoric I expect and am used to from Department of State: while what we’re doing is morally reprehensible, it’s technically legal.
Iraq Order 81 (Monsanto)
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