Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Human Rights/American Values/Family

First a charming picture of a new member of our extended family.
He's just entering the world we're in charge of.......



This is not my usual sort of post and will necessarily be brief.
You do not come here to be lectured about politics.
Today bloggers round the world are talking about human rights.


The day after my daughter's 21st birthday, 2000 people were murdered a mile down the road from our apartment.
This was tragic beyond belief. I still shake when I think about it.
What has happened since is almost more tragic.


The America I believed in has been destroyed.
I will give only two examples.
The American government invaded a sovereign country without provocation - which goes against international law.
At Guantanamo Bay, prisoners have been held without trial for more than five years.
If you hold someone prisoner for that long, you must have sufficient evidence to bring charges.
You cannot round people up simply on the strength of the fact you think they are one of the 'bad guys'.
Just think of all the people I could round up................!

19 comments:

Hey Harriet said...

I can't begin to imagine dealing with having 2000 people murdered in my neighbourhood. I'm so very sorry that is something you experienced.

Governments! So many tragedies & injustice in the world because of those in power not doing what is right...

razzler said...

Great post.

High Desert Diva said...

The last 8 years have been the biggest travesty in our American government.

For the first time in my life, I can't wait for the presidential election. For the first time in my life, I am hopeful for change.

willow said...

Very thought provoking post, Elizabeth.

That little guy looks just like his daddy! :)

P said...

Beautiful children.

It's funny, this blogging thing - I think we tend to limit ourselves thinking that readers expect a certain kind of post. I often shy away from talking about things I'm really passionate about because my blog is meant to be somewhat light-hearted, but then I end up feeling a bit thwarted. Anyway, this is a long-winded way of saying that I really liked your post and that if you feel like talking about these issues, you should!

Britt-Arnhild said...

This is an important issue to raise Elizabeth. Thank you!

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

I commend you for this post. You are spot on. What is happening to our world, and what will future generations say and think about how we handled this beautiful planet and all the people in it.

Scary to think....

Events really feel 'beyond my control'.

I pray that a Higher Hand, intervene

My Castle in Spain said...

Dear Elizabeth,
I usually love to visit you but today
even more!
I really feel like giving you a big hug...
it's true sometimes we easily self-censure ourselves.I haven't heard about this bloggers events today about human rights..too bad..

I just saw a document about "petitioners" in China, people who have been swindled and crashed by the government then sent to jail or camps only because they asked for compensation.

Human rights...Gosh, wish this beautiful concept would exist in every country!

Jennifer said...

Thank you for this post-- it is good to speak out. The hypocrisy of this government is shameful. Though it's not always easy to believe it is possible anymore, I am hopeful for change.

Frances said...

Beautifully put, Elizabeth.
Yes, that sweet new baby's sleeping face does release many thought about what it is to live in this world.

xo

Frank Gardner said...

Great post. I don't mind hearing it at all. I think it every day.

Barbara said...

I couldn't agree more. Well said!

Marja said...

That's shocking 2000 people and politics or not these things should be talked about. Thanks.
The children are gorgeous Elizabeth

dee said...

thank you Elizabeth. It's very easy to be where I am and forget about the daily horrors. Your post is very thoughtful and shocking. I'm grateful for your writing and agree with your political opinions. It's taking a long time for people to wake up from this 8-year nightmare of the Bush mess. I wish I could see some clear path to a more enlightened time ahead. I fear we are in for more of the same no matter who the choices are.

Vanessa said...

Dear Elizabeth, I visit this blog not because it shies from the political and not because it diverts me from what is really happening in the world. I visit it because it is earnest and truthful every day, in every post. Rage against the dying of the light, I say! I appreciate this post.

Paz said...

Congrats to the new addition to your family. So sad about the rest of your post. We should all be able to do something about the world in which we live for the better....

Paz

Kristen said...

being back in the U.S. right now, I definitely sense that people want change and want to change themselves. My teenage nieces and nephews what something different...and I have HOPE that some good soon will come!
"I can feel something in the air tonight.."phil collins. : )
thanks for your post.

ruthie said...

Dear Elizabeth,

Your words brought tears to my eyes. I just came across your blog and reading everything you write, looking at your pictures is just amazing. You are fabulous! and this last post just confirmed it. Ever since the invasion I've prayed I've tried not to lose hope but its very hard to when you see all the injustice going on...

wish you all the best Elizabeth!

Extended said...

Let me get this straight...
you're upset that the US invaded ("without provocation") a country ruled by a tyrannt who murdered his own people and who had a history of invading neighbors Iran and Kuwait without provocation?
And you are upset that terrorists (who are willing to kill innocent) who come from countries where people have no rights and can be arrested and held indefinitely have been held without trial for more than five years (by now, of course, it is longer under the current president)?