“If the government has declared that it wants to position Chile as a country worried about human rights, then sending troops to Darfur would be an action more revealing than entering into the International Crimes Tribunal or winning a seat on the Human Rights Council of the UN,” writes El Archivo Mera [ES] in response to the possibility of Chilean troops joining a “peacemaking” force in the Sudan.
I think Chile should clean up its own human rights mess before exporting its false morality. Take a look at their raids of indigenous settlements, and the horrendous Chilean jail conditions, for example. But I agree with this blogger, Chile might as well do something potentially meaningful such as put its own troops in harm’s way (and not wimp out like Pinochet did), rather than sit purty on a council and work on a “human rights” reputation without doing the dirty work that Darfur will require.
Agreed with the last comment. In an ideal world the risk faced by troops and discussion over their deployment will subtly raise consciousness about the importance of human life regardless of race or economic status. The problems the last blogger cited arise from many Chileans inability to see what exists outside of their own bubbles.
Or sometimes they see it all to clearly and don’t recognize the faults within, such as the FIFA U-20 debacle in Canada.