My brothers keeper
- From: Frogwatch <dbohara@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2009 10:08:06 -0800 (PST)
“Am I my brother’s keeper”, was Cain’s answer to God when asked about
Able. I always thought the answer was obviously “Yes”, particularly
when coupled with the parable of the Good Samaritan. It seems that
many others such as Ray OHara think the answer is “No” saying that the
rights of people in other nations is none of our business. Let us
examine the “No” in light of foreign affairs.
The ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Kosovo was of no concern to us
but Clinton thought it was. The Genocide in Rwanda was of no concern
to Clinton but I say he was wrong. The misery caused by the recent
Tsunami was of no concern to us but the USA sent more aid than all
other nations combined, was it a waste?
By Ray’s logic, misery in places like Zimbabwe is none of our concern,
likewise any aid to Africa is misplaced concern. Treatment of Korean
sex slaves by Japanese in WW2 was of no concern to us because Korea
was part of Japan.
I regard myself as a NeoCon and I think the answer to Cain’s question
is a very loud “Yes”, the powerful are obligated to protect the weak.
This is why we intervened in Iraq, why we sent food aid to Somalia,
why Clinton sent troops to Haiti, why he intervened in Yugoslavia, Why
the US sent forces to Liberia, etc. It seems that modern liberals
think the answer is a loud “No” and think that their responsibilities
only include buying trinkets to make their lives easy. Thus, they
agree with Hillary that we should not criticize China’s human rights
record so that China will agree to buy our debt.