Russia's xenophobia declaration flies like a boomerang

  • 2006-11-15
  • By Gary Peach
In terms of human rights and foreign policy, all nation-states are guilty of double standards and hypocrisy, regardless of their system of government or egalitarian goals. It is the inevitable result of each government's varying needs of self-preservation vis-a-vis its own populace and neighboring states. "Human rights cannot be the exclusive goal of foreign policy," wrote historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. "Human rights constitute only one of a number of national interests and not the overriding interest to which all else is to be subordinated." The United States was highly critical of the ...
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