Socio Political Rants
Richard From Peking Duck Raised a really interesting question.
Does Cultural Relativism Excuse Inhuman Treatment of Human Beings?
The answer is "No”. It's actually the worse kind of thought processes for the west to take, as human rights activists already have to face that sort of issue at home, and part of the bargaining power they have with their governments and local chiefs, is the more powerful affluent “west” takes a stand on those issues. Therefore in order for the developing world to go “forward” (ie. richer) and fully participate in the globalize economy, the government must follow through on human rights.
When misinformed liberals begin to question themselves and start to excuse inhumane behavior in the developing world, it’s a huge political miscalculation, and has far more impact than just withdrawing support, as the political implications are that power structures regain some footing in the main premise and take away driving force behind any kind of change. (Which is why even though it's obnoxious and hypocritical for the US to occasionally make statements against human rights abuses in China, it's still an useful and important message to send.)
The United Nation's Stance on this subject. :
The Challenge of Human Rights and Cultural Diversity.
by Diana Ayton-Shenker
Also I just want to say, I am a little in love with Peking Duck for always bringing up the issues most close to my heart. (No Need to point out the obvious, I know. It's not the first time and it won't be the last okay?)(ps. all you have to do is read the above post)