Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Differentiating Between Fear Societies and Free Societies

"I have very serious criticisms of Amnesty. There is no moral clarity. It doesn't differentiate between what I call fear societies and free societies," [Natan] Sharansky said
reports Audrey Hudson.
"In the democratic world, there are violations of human rights, but they are revealed and dealt with. In a fear society, there are no violations of human rights because human rights just don't exist," said Mr. Sharansky, who now lives in Israel and has served in its parliament and Cabinet. "Amnesty International says it doesn't support or oppose any political system, so it ends up with reports that show a moral equivalence" among regimes.
To my knowledge, and unless I am mistaken, Amnesty never referred to this place as the (or as a) modern-day equivalent of the gulag…

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