President Obama has secured from France and Germany support for his plan for the future of Afghanistan. But not his call for more NATO troops to help secure the nation.
Perhaps that's because German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are better students of Afghan history. History has shown that it's much easier to "conquer" than it is to occupy Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the U.S. backed government there has just took a step back into medieval times. Taking away rights from women. Including enacting a law which requires a wife to meet her husband's sexual demands.
The U.S. policy of supporting governments that violate human rights without public pressure to the contrary is troubling. This president has vowed to better present the United States to the world. The nation's image would be vastly improved, at the cost of losing support of the government's imposing human rights violations of course, if the president would take a higher moral ground.
It's great that he's closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in an attempt to shed an image of U.S. human rights violations. But Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's failure to raise the issue of human rights when she traveled to China, and the administration's silence on the issue of human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and now, Afghanistan (and other places as well), does little to help promote that feeling of reform further.
So too, must the human and women rights groups sound off. Even if there are political or diplomatic consequences. We owe it to our fellow human beings to take a stand on issues of human rights around the globe.
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