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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-21-07 03:35 AM
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45. I'm Pretty Sure It Did...
Which is why I plonked it there in reply to yr post. Though I did point out that I was addressing what I had to say at quite a few people who had posted in this forum and not specifically at you :)

I think you've fallen into the trap of confusing the employment of different standards with expecting more of a democracy when it comes to the respect of human rights. They're two different things, and if AI were to actually employ different standards when it came to human rights violations (eg saying it was okay for one party to do it but not another) then I wouldn't support AI. I don't know any other way to describe how I feel than using an analogy. As with most analogies it's nowhere near perfect, but hopefully it will give you an idea about how I feel about expectations and why I support what the AI guy said:

There's two children who've been caught by the cops throwing stones through windows of houses. One of those children is mine. I expected better of her because she's come from an environment where she was taught right from wrong and the other kid comes from a shit environment where the parents were off at the pub every waking moment and there was no parental guidance. While it's no surprise the other kid broke windows, it is a shock that my child would, and I'm appalled at her actions far more than I am with the other kid. But when it comes to whether or not I find it acceptable for any kid to go around breaking windows, I don't make distinctions and believe they all should be held accountable for their actions and punished. That's not holding anyone to a higher standard, all it's doing is displaying a completely understandable belief that those who are well-behaved for the most part tend to shock people more when they go off the rails....

Could you point out any examples of where AI's focus on the Middle East has distorted the accuracy of how the conflict is viewed and described?
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