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The American Human Rights Hypocrisy Part 2:The Roguest of Rogue Nations

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But who is the greater threat, these other countries, who if they have used them it was in a limited capacity and certainly should still be condemned, or a nation that has a long history of using them en mass and has the prestigious title of being the only nation insane enough to actually use a nuclear weapon against another nation?

If you said the latter is the greater threat, then why aren't you speaking out against the possession and use of these horrors by America in your own back yard?

I know why, because in this country, there are people who hold to the idea, "that if America doesn't have nuclear weapons," they "don't want to live here." Yes the words actually came from someone's mouth, not just one, but while manning the Anti Nuclear Weapons/Peace Vigil in front of the White House, my wife and I have heard these words and many similar ones, many times over the past year and a half.

America and its allies have also given some of these weapons to al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, both international terrorist organizations that publicly America says it is at war with, and uses them as an excuse not just to spy on other nations' citizenry, but its own citizenry.

They have also used this as the pretext to destroy civil rights in America, justify the indefinite detention of its citizens, torture and the protection of convicted war criminals such as George W. Bush, and the hiding of further war crimes.

They use vague terms such as terrorist to describe peaceful activists in America and portray them as criminal, create laws to limit free speech and peaceful assembly, and yes even the second Amendment.

The first anti-gun laws in America were written by president Reagan's administration while he was governor of California to end the legal open carrying of guns by Black Panthers who sought to protect their communities from the onslaught of police harassment, intimidation, and even at times murder of black community members, particularly those that opposed the rampant institutional racism.

In the end it doesn't matter whether you call it The War on Poverty, The War on Drugs, or The War on Terrorism, its all the same a war on the poor, a war on every last citizen of the world, and if you oppose this war on you, because in the end it is on you, you will be subject to every horror America subjects those it accuses as human-rights violators, or terrorists.

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