Should we defend Western values?

– Dissident Voice / Cartoon Movemen

WHAT are the western values? We often hear a representative of a Western country praising its Western values. In a 2017 statement, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, articulated Canadian values ​​as “openness, compassion, equality and inclusion”.

Considering the psychological torture that Julian Assange has been subjected to over the years by Western nations like Britain, the United States, Sweden and the silent host of Western states and their media, one wonders where is the compassion. At the heart of the case against Assange is an antipathy for openness, as evidenced by the vituperation directed at Assange for publicizing the truth; WikiLeaks has a perfect post record. And in promoting the right to know, Assange sought to include the public.

Given the historical trajectory of the West, how have supposedly virtuous Western values ​​come to be? Enlightened Europeans sailed to distant shores, claimed inhabited lands as their own, ridiculed the inhabitants as savages, enslaved them, raped women, cut off body parts, spread diseases, murdered people. multitudes, stolen resources, destroyed cultures, among a host of atrocities. Despotic monarchism, Nazism, fascism and capitalism would be generated by Europeans.

Are westerners more enlightened today?

The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in December 2017 seems a good barometer of current Western values. UNGA resolution 72/157 called for concrete action for the total elimination of racism in the world.

The resolution was taken up under reference 75/237, still entitled “A global call for concrete action for the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the implementation full implementation and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Program of Action. »’It was adopted by the general meeting of December 31, 2020.

Of the total number of votes cast, 106 were in favor, 14 were against and there were 44 abstentions.

The votes on resolution 75/237 are very indicative of Western values. Consider that among the 14 votes against, there was a multitude of Western countries:

Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Germany, Guyana, Israel, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, Slovenia, United Kingdom and United States.

The United States explained that their vote against was based on “Israel’s unjust and unacceptable distinction.”

In his book, Fateful triangle: the United States, Israel and the Palestinians, Jewish anarchist professor Noam Chomsky highlighted Israeli racism towards Arabs: “Contempt for the Arab population is deeply rooted in Zionist thought. Chomsky also alluded to Western permissiveness towards Israeli racism: “Anti-Arab racism is… so pervasive that it is imperceptible; it is perhaps the only form of racism which remains to be considered as legitimate.

The United States is a country created by genocide and the dispossession of indigenous peoples, and they have established an apartheid reservation system for indigenous peoples who survived. From this point of view, it does not seem surprising that Israel has escaped criticism from the United States since the United States lacks a moral basis to castigate Israel. The same is true for Canada, a country which still practices apartheid with its Indian Act and its reserve system. He strongly supports Israeli apartheid.

Several other western or western aligned countries abstained, including: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Monaco , Aotearoa (New Zealand), Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Republic of Korea (South) and Ukraine. These countries refused to take a position on the resolution against racism.

What about the other countries that supported the resolution? In particular, how have countries subjected to disinformation, persistent criticism, sanctions and provocative military maneuvers from countries touting and smoothing their Western values ​​vote? China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Russia, Syria and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North) all voted in favor of the anti-racism resolution.

What are the values ​​of the countries that best represent those adopted by people of conscience?, November 2. Kim Petersen is a former co-editor of the Dissident Voice newsletter.