I think we as Westerners are quick to denounce the behaviour of other nations, but often forget to look at ourselves. We're just as bad in many cases. American and even Canadian foreign policy has a spotty track record in specific cases throughout history. Internally, we're not innocent either. OK, maybe what Amnesty says about us is a lot nicer than what it says about say... North Korea. But my point is that it should be a minimum standard to not have issues like those that exist in North Korea, China, Libya, or Sudan. Should we be happy and boast that we're better than those other countries? It seems to me that's like saying, "I never murdered anyone, so I'm a good person, even though I cheat every romantic interest I meet and just use them for sex and money." Uh, yeah. @@ We should not be content, but always look to reach for higher goals, exceed expectations, and have holistic standards.
So I'm an idealist. So what? Double standards suck. If we want to have standards for others, we have to be willing to meet them ourselves first.
Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.