Is the U.S. Really a "Human Rights Champion"?

August 30, 2004

The following is reprinted from an editorial published by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 28. Minor grammatical corrections made by the AINS.

Many civilians have been killed in Falluja and Najaf, Iraq, by indiscriminate U.S. missile attacks and bombing. The killings indicate that the Abu Ghraib abuses, which shocked the international community, are only the tip of the iceberg.

While perpetrating such brutal torture and murder in other countries, the U.S. has had the nerve to talk about "human rights".

Some time ago, the Washington Times reported a shocking document worked out by the U.S. Department of Justice at the request of the Bush administration in August 2002. The document states that physical torture should be defined as chronic injury, damage to physical functions, and death. It means that only making a person insane, or killing him or her, can be considered torture.

On the basis of this cruel logic, the U.S. Department of Defense in March 2003 worked out an unethical defense report stipulating that such torture is not illegal.

The facts show that U.S. human rights abuses, a target of worldwide denunciation, have been legalized as a state policy under the Bush administration.

In the middle of the last century the fascist states, prompted by an ambition for world supremacy, invented various evil laws to legalize torture and murder against other nations. But in the 21st century the Bush administration, which declared human slaughter as a state policy, is the general headquarters of human rights violations.

It is ridiculous for the U.S. to style itself a "champion of human rights" and "defender of liberty".

The Bush administration should not desecrate the term "human rights".