“B.Ombs and bullets cannot defend themselves against COVID-19 or its future variants. ”
Who knew! Thank you for the clarification, Mr President.
Unfortunately, that was not the only platitude in President Joe Biden’s address on the Tuesday before the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. When it came to America’s leadership in human rights, what the president told the world was very different from what the president has ruled before.
Biden challenged the UN: “Will we reaffirm and uphold the human dignity and rights under which nations and common cause formed this institution more than seven decades ago? Or will we allow these universal, universal principles to be trampled and twisted in the persecution. “Bare political power?”
Hmmm. Has the president forgotten what he just did in Afghanistan?
Biden says it is time to end a war and withdraw all US forces. He leaves out the fact that these 2,500 forces did not fight regularly and suffered almost no casualties. Instead, they provided vital support in terms of intelligence, morals, and logistics. However, I respect the argument that after 20 years in Afghanistan it was time to go.
However, Biden cannot credibly compare his Afghanistan policy with his global human rights call to arms. For the President’s Afghanistan policy has clearly and indisputably allowed these “universal principles” which he proclaims to be “trampled and twisted in the pursuit of naked political power.” Just look at what the Taliban are doing now: banning girls from school and cleansing all political opponents.
And the gap in Biden’s speech between his human rights rhetoric and reality extends beyond Afghanistan.
He added that the world must “call for and condemn the attacks on and repression of racial, ethnic and religious minorities when it happens in Xinjiang or northern Ethiopia or anywhere in the world”. He celebrated “the anti-corruption activists, human rights defenders, the journalists, the peace protesters at the forefront of the struggle in Belarus, Burma, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela and everywhere in between.”
That rhetoric is good – on paper.
The problem is what it is leaving out. Note that Biden is not calling China’s persecution of the Uighur people of Xinjiang for what it is: genocide. Instead, he just refers to “Xinjiang” without mentioning China or the Chinese Communist Party. Biden also does not include Russia in his list of fighting activists, journalists and protesters “on the front lines”.
This is quite a striking omission when you consider that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been murdering activists, killing journalists and beating protesters. But maybe the omission should come as no surprise. After all, despite all his promises in the 2020 election campaign to hit Putin hard, Biden was a great trailblazer for the Russian leader.
Finally, there was Biden’s promise that “we will work with our democratic partners to ensure that new advances in areas from biotechnology to quantum computing, artificial intelligence 5G and more are used to help people solve problems and the promote human freedom. not to suppress dissenting opinions or target minority communities. ”
It sounds good again. But if it’s real, why is Biden’s Treasury Department giving a free pass to Chinese tech companies seeking US tech for the sake of suppression?
As Bloomberg reported in June, and senators warned this month that Biden’s sanctions regime against China’s security industry has been weak. The president has decided on balanced sanctions against the aggravation of Beijing. That’s a legitimate strategy, but Biden didn’t unveil it on Tuesday.
The president must recognize that rhetoric separate from reality does not make politics.