Moral hypocrisy

24 02 2011

Veera Prateepchaikul is a former editor of the Bangkok Post and a regular op-ed page writer for the Post. His recent piece is titled “The moral obligation to meddle in Libya.” While not making any judgment about the situation in Libya, PPT wonders about the moral hypocrisy of the claims Veera makes. One could equally question similar moral hypocrisy of many Western governments as well.

It is a pain having to deal with Veera’s double-speak and double standards. In seeking to overthrow Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi in Libya, the murder of anti-government demonstrators is a “killing spree” where the “world” is condemned as just lokking on, “sit idly by and do nothing at all…”. The anti-government protesters are “courageous” and their cause a “noble struggle for freedom and democracy…”. Gaddafi is a “mad dog” who denigrates, belittles and objectifies his opponents as non-human. And, “Gadhafi has already given the greenlight to his henchmen to suppress his opponents with deadly force.”

Veera seems to have an amnesia about Bangkok in April and May 2010.

He makes it worse when he says “the international community committed a cardinal sin when they went silent and did nothing to stop the brutal Khmer Rouge regime from killing about two million Cambodians during their four-year reign of terror.” They may have, but then the U.S., China, the ASEAN countries, much of the West and Thailand then supported the murderous Khmer Rouge for years….

Political amnesia is a horrible affliction.


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