The Hijacking of Human Rights by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
April 8, 2013

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

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The appointment of Suzanne Nossel, a former State Department official and longtime government apparatchik, as executive director of PEN American Center is part of a campaign to turn U.S. human rights organizations into propagandists for pre-emptive war and apologists for empire. Nossel’s appointment led me to resign from PEN as well as withdraw from speaking at the PEN World Voices Festival in May. But Nossel is only symptomatic of the widespread hijacking of human rights organizations to demonize those—especially Muslims—branded by the state as the enemy, in order to cloak pre-emptive war and empire with a fictional virtue and to effectively divert attention from our own mounting human rights abuses, including torture, warrantless wiretapping and monitoring, the denial of due process and extrajudicial assassinations.


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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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  4. So well said. Arthur Miller ~ a great American.

    Of course it’s a coup, an ideological triumph; for some. The blatant hypocrisy is blindingly obvious. Misguided cunning is not so clever as its advocates believe. US “governance” has descended into an abyss, it’s just another gang of hoodlums dressed to kill. Imperial “decimation” is the rule not the exception, multiplied exponentially by smart-tech. Smart?

    Sunzi’s “Bingfa” (The Art of War) made it explicit two and a half millennia ago, that the most successful campaign was one waged without violence, without a single blow struck. No poison needed, nor gunpowder, siege engines, catapults or kites; no gore and raw flesh to fertilize the fields.

    Laozi’s Dao De Jing perfected this philosophy of adaptive natural advantage, and remains the most valuable book in any humane thinking person’s library.

    Art, poetry, irony and ridicule still remain the most powerful weapons in the arsenal of just resistance to tyranny.

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