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)?
If human rights are being violated, the UN as a whole should discuss involvement.
Let's keep our nose out of other peoples' shit
The US should not intervene unless it is doing so with the global community behind it.
Can we have our own version of the Peace of Augsburg please?
Intervention should be through the United Nations or through organizations like Amnesty International.
Should other countries intervene in the US if their cultural traditions conflict with ours?
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.
cultural traditions that conflict with ours is different than infringing on basic human rights.
I think what we see as human rights IS a cultural tradition.
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.
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.
Disagree, when 'children are being used as sex toys' there should definitely be an intervention.
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.
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.
And isn't it ironic that by ousting the Taliban, who banned the bacha bazi tradition, we helped reinstall it?
Quite. So many of our actions seem to backfire.
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?
Um, isn't that the job of the UN?
They seem pretty toothless.
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. So..it depends.
One big fucking problem is we don't always understand foreign traditions. I'm against behaving like a bull in a China shop.
Nope. We're not the deciders of what is right and wrong. Other countries should solve their own problems.
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.
Yes to diplomatic and economic, no to invasion.
No. No. No.
Stay out of it. Really not our business.
PS: inspired by Afghanistan.