Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Of course, it is. Like any nation, the U.S. has its strong policy aspects and also policy flaws. But that's a separate issue from taking a measure that bolsters the perceived credibility of a dysfunctional UN entity.Edit: Also, do people not understand that it's possible to be both critical of America and critical of terrorists at the same time? America bombs buildings, kills innocent people: bad. Terrorist bombs buildings, kills innocent people: bad.
The US most certainly needs to be held accountable for acts of violence. If we want to claim to be the greatest nation in the world, we need to do a much better job living up to that.
To address one of themes in this thread. People who criticize America do not hate it. People who are disappointed in the choices the US has made love it and are disappointed. Sometimes you have to hold an intervention for someone you love, even if it makes them sad. It's still good for them. Chastising America's acts of violence and making it pay for them will serve to deter future violence. And then maybe we really can be the best around, but until we stop this warmongering, racism, torture, and religious and sexual discrimination, we have no cause to claim superiority. Even if we're better than most, we still have a lot of work to do.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
That the US still can make laws that targets minorities because the population is up in an irrational frenzy over said minority... is in it self a human rights violation. You cant just pick and choose you know... targeting someone based on sex, religion or ethnicity is a violation of their human rights.. pure and simple.
And for the record, no we in Europe are no better, but the difference is we dont refuse to cooperate with the UNHRC and find ourselves "above" them just because a few human rights violators are on the council... one of those being the US btw. Like it or not, we believe in human rights over here, even though certain right wingers try to bend the rules in their favour... Berloscoloony comes to mind.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK