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Praetorianus April 24th, 2016 12:23am

Should the US intervene when a country has cultural traditions that conflict with ours? It could be oppression of women or using adolescents as sex toys (Google bacha bazi)?

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Rosebud Ohio
04/29/16 3:32 pm

If human rights are being violated, the UN as a whole should discuss involvement.

Pres55555 Gone.
04/27/16 8:37 am

Let's keep our nose out of other peoples' shit

Greenie Social Democrat
04/24/16 3:42 pm

The US should not intervene unless it is doing so with the global community behind it.

LoganMarr California
04/24/16 1:57 am

Can we have our own version of the Peace of Augsburg please?

catpillow Florida West Coast
04/23/16 11:53 pm

Intervention should be through the United Nations or through organizations like Amnesty International.

abusara i drink and i know things
04/23/16 8:03 pm

Should other countries intervene in the US if their cultural traditions conflict with ours?

DoctorWasdarb Marxist Leninist Maoist
04/23/16 7:13 pm

We should only intervene in a moral crisis in which the citizens want our help. And in that situation, just training and resources unless they don't have their own people.

sf1015 california
04/23/16 6:41 pm

cultural traditions that conflict with ours is different than infringing on basic human rights.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
04/23/16 7:00 pm

I think what we see as human rights IS a cultural tradition.

Ellock Perpetually Tired
04/24/16 1:25 am

Human rights are a social construct. They don't exist. It's just a list of rules that we all agree on. Granted they are rules that make A LOT of sense, but they aren't universal.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
04/23/16 6:17 pm

No. We wouldn't want them policing us and forcing their (cough, cough) values on us. So, they can police their own countries and decide what is right/wrong for them within their own borders even if we don't agree with them.

nsmith Suck on my freedom
04/23/16 7:09 pm

Disagree, when 'children are being used as sex toys' there should definitely be an intervention.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
04/23/16 7:17 pm

And should they intervene in our country as well when we do things they think are immoral? For example, they think gays are so evil and immoral that they've been known to hang them and even throw them off buildings. So, they think our acceptance of gays is as immoral as we think their weird ass bacha bazi practices are and that's just one example. They think we're horribly immoral on many, many fronts. And if we don't want them forcing their morals on us, we can't be forcing our morals on them... unless we're going to be completely hypocritical anyway. -shrug- It wouldn't be the first time.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
04/23/16 8:07 pm

Sadly, might makes right - in a way.
For example, the US doesn't dare to attack India over child marriage:
On the other hand, Afghanistan cannot attack the US over gay rights, fortunately.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
04/23/16 8:24 pm

And isn't it ironic that by ousting the Taliban, who banned the bacha bazi tradition, we helped reinstall it?

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
04/23/16 8:48 pm

Quite. So many of our actions seem to backfire.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
04/23/16 9:33 pm

Worth another poll, I've done my share for today. It will be about whether we should completely stay out of any country's affairs as long as it doesn't directly threaten us. Afghanistan didn't threaten the US or NATO directly, right?

leilu SoCal
04/23/16 6:15 pm

Um, isn't that the job of the UN?

PrinceOberyn Vive LEmpereur
04/23/16 6:04 pm

I'm torn on issues like these. I want the united states to respect the foreign cultures, but also want to promote human rights across the planet. depends.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
04/23/16 6:09 pm

One big fucking problem is we don't always understand foreign traditions. I'm against behaving like a bull in a China shop.

Nuclear Boaty McBoatface
04/23/16 6:00 pm

Nope. We're not the deciders of what is right and wrong. Other countries should solve their own problems.

04/23/16 5:40 pm

Interfere how? There are diplomatic and economic means of intervention, but a sovereign nation that poses no threat to the US or an ally should not be invaded by military force.

allswel Minnesota
04/23/16 7:44 pm

Yes to diplomatic and economic, no to invasion.

swervin Maryland
04/23/16 5:32 pm

No. No. No.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
04/23/16 5:25 pm

Stay out of it. Really not our business.

Praetorianus Fair enough.
04/23/16 5:31 pm

PS: inspired by Afghanistan.