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Asociacionismo, libertad y comida rápida, por Jahd

27 de Abril 2004

La inmoralidad de la inacción

Mientras en España algunos seguimos con vergüenza el ¿debate? de hoy en el parlamento, otros se plantean muy claramente que la libertad no brota de la nada, hay que luchar por ella, o tratar de ayudar a los que luchan:

"Apathy in the face of systematic human rights abuses is immoral. One either supports justice and freedom or one supports injustice and bondage." So said Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African Nobel laureate and anti-apartheid leader, who knows something about the struggle for human freedom in the face of tyranny.

The world's democracies have a common moral obligation to promote justice and freedom.

¿Hablan de Irak John McCain y Madelaine Albright en este artículo del Washington Post? Pues no, aunque lo dicho podría aplicarse palabra por palabra. Se refieren a la insostenible situación de Birmania:

In few places is this obligation more acute than in Burma, a country in which a band of thugs, led by Gen. Than Shwe, controls the population through violence and terror. The regime has a record of unchecked repression. It has murdered political opponents, used child soldiers and forced labor, and employed rape as a weapon of war. Nearly one year ago the Burmese military junta launched an orchestrated, violent attack against democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and hundreds of her supporters. Since then the regime has kept more than 1,000 political activists imprisoned, including elected members of parliament. It recently sentenced three Burmese citizens to death for contacting representatives of the International Labor Organization.
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In another era, a dissident playwright named Vaclav Havel wrote of the "power of the powerless" to overcome rule by fear and force, at a time when such a revolution in human freedom seemed impossible. The international community today has the power to help the powerless inside Burma throw off the shackles of tyranny. It is time to assume this moral responsibility. It is time to act.

¿Están occidente, Europa, España en particular preparados para actuar? Peor aún: ¿están dispuestos? Seguro que muchos votantes del 14 de marzo ni sabrían situar Birmania en un mapa. Ni Irak. Pero claro, en Birmania aún no han intervenido los EEUU. ¿Hablamos también de Haití, Sierra Leona, Liberia, Ruanda, Burundi, Argelia, Somalia, Sudán, Angola, Costa de Marfil, Sahara Occidental (de esto ya se encargará ZP de que nos olvidemos), Congo, Nepal, Corea del Norte o Chechenia?