It seems I am a bit finding this thread so if no one reads this oh well. But I thought I would just throw this out there. It seems many people want to jump on Third World countries for having horrendous human rights records, which many of them do, yet ignore the human rights abuses that are attributable to the United States(and her allies), both directly and indirectly, the last 60 years. I don't want to take too much time or moralize too much, so I will just throw these things out there and let you decide. I am from the States so that is what I know the most about.
-Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the US is the biggest arms dealer in the world and we were second before they collapsed.
-We have supported repressive regimes in El Salvador, Nicauragua, Chile, and Gautamala, just to name a few. All have atrocious human rights records.
-During the eighties we invaded Panama and Gredana, killing thousands and displacing the local popular government.
-We supported the Indonesian government with weapons and political backing when they invaded East Timor, killing 200,000 people.
-Along with the Chinese we funded the Khemer Rouge and their war against the Vietnamese in the 1980s, while a million Cambodians starved to death.
-Between 1960 and 1965 we attempted at least eight seperate times to assasinate Fidel Castro; in 1986 Reagan bambed Quaddafi's home in an attempt to kill him, which resulted in the death of many of his family members; when did kill the democratically elected, Communist leader of Chile, and replaced with a right-wing repressive regime of our choosing.
-Shortly after entering office, Bill Clinton called the attempted assasination of former President Bush(which was never proven to be linked to Iraq), "loathsome and cowardly", shortly before he ordered a bombing raid on Baghdad with the express goal of killing Saddam Hussein.
-Just last year the government sold jet fighters to both India and Pakistan, although we know that they do not get along and that they have more pressing needs.
Now, I am not saying everything is the fault of the West, and I am not a religious man, but I think the "he who is without guilt cast the first stone" parable is appropriate here. I don't see how anyone can refuse to visit a country because of their human rights record, yet still call home any country that supports repressive regimes abroad(the US and Britain), oppresses it's people at home(South Africa until recently, the US until the 1960s), or has indiscrimantly massacred the indeginous populations they now live(damn near everywhere).
Just a thought