jbg Posted January 2, 2015 Report Share Posted January 2, 2015 (edited) Below are examples of quotes referencing the "international community" or "world opinion." These are terms that are easy to come to the lips or the fingertips (rhyme not intentional). There is little or no analysis of what either term means, or what constitutes the "international community" or "world opinion." This has allowed for some extremely weak thought processes and reasoning.The world's population at some time during 2013 was7.125 billion people. I don't think any reputable pollsters are out gauging the opinion of the people of the world on any given topic. By necessity, the views of the "international community" are taken as the view of the "leaders" of countries, typically at the U.N. level or from statements to the media by the actual heads of state or prime ministers. As anyone listening to the opening speeches at the U.N. General Assembly knows, some of these speeches border on deranged. As for the opinion of actual people, how would it be influenced if they knew who the donors of foreign aid were? This is a link to a map of donor countries (link). The image itself can be viewed but the link is byond a paywall so I couldn't post it. Would it surprise anyone here that the top ten donor countries are all Western democracies? Is anyone surprised that Israel had the first mobile hospital units (link) on the scenes of the Haiti earthquake and Philippine typhoon?Would the impoverished people of the world be forumlating the view of the "international community" ably expressed below if they were not kept ignorant of these facts? Thoughts? Everybody knows that the taking of the Golan Heights (opposed by most of the international community) was only a defensive measure required for Israeli security. As I have been saying repeatedly, the Israeli policy on Gaza is completely misdirected. The Israeli policy on new settlements is a mistake and the international community is moving towards a support of Palestine. The international community does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and the city hosts no foreign embassies. Mind you, the US is pretty much the only world power these days, especially if you consider that no one in the governments of Russia or China would possibly care how many innocent people were slaughtered by their own governments or how they were slaughtered. In fact, Putin probably would have used chemical weapons on Chechins had he not feared world opinion.So substantiating that world opinion, making it very painful for anyone to use chemical weapons, is a principle which the west has clung to for almost a century now. Apparently, a lot of people no longer care, though. Edited January 2, 2015 by jbg Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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