When people in the world want to stand up to rogue dictatorial governments, what should the free world do?
The international free world policy:
- Stand by, we’ll get back to you when the body count is significant.
- If your protests interfere with our economic trade, we’ll get involved.
- If your rogue government becomes a threat to the free world, we will lend a hand, cautiously.
That doesn’t sound very encouraging to those seeking freedom. Got better ideas?
“Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war in Syria. Over 100,000 people have been killed.” Barack Obama
In addition, the Syrian government stockpiled chemical weapons that are outlawed by international agreement. Then, someone in the government unleashed the weapons against Syrian people in an inhumane and intolerable disregard for humanity. That responsibility falls to Bashar al Assad, not matter what he says or does.
“Political repression is the persecution of an individual or group for political reasons, particularly for the purpose of restricting or preventing their ability to take part in the political life of a society.
Political repression is sometimes used synonymously with the term political discrimination (also known as politicism). It often is manifested through discriminatory policies, such as human rights violations, surveillance abuse, police brutality, imprisonment, involuntary settlement, stripping of citizen's rights, lustration and violent action or terror such as the murder, summary executions, torture, forced disappearance and other extrajudicial punishment of political activists, dissidents, or general population.
Where political repression is sanctioned and organised by the state, it may constitute state terrorism, genocide, politicide or crimes against humanity. Systemic and violent political repression is a typical feature of dictatorships,totalitarian states and similar regimes. Acts of political repression may be carried out by secret police forces, army, paramilitary groups or death squads. Repressive activities have also been found within democratic contexts as well. This can even include setting up situations where the death of the target of repression is the end result”
What can be done to improve the free world policy for assisting people in search of democratic freedom? (The list)
- The international free world community can publicize nations that are politically repressive regimes by producing an index based on defined criteria.
- The free world community can impose trade sanctions against repressive regimes to isolate them economically.
- The free world institutions can provide a contact point for citizens seeking to initiate democratic movements in their countries.
- The free world can organize resource assistance for freedom-seeking people who desire to create a democratic government.
Now, you may ask, aren’t people and institutions already doing these things? The answer is yes, of course, however, having a well defined policy in place that puts rogue and repressive regimes on notice is helpful by blocking their access to free world benefits