Bush Urges Vietnamese President to respect Human Rights, as long as it remains profitable.

I have always perceived free trade as an ambiguous concept that can act as a catalyst for either global economic cooperation or global domination. However, given that the most of the world operates in a capitalist framework, the outcome can easily be predicted. Those who have the capital to leverage are well positioned to rule, and those who have nothing but their labor to sell will be enslaved under the constant demand for more excess capital. NAFTA, CAFTA, and various other trade agreements have already demonstrated the effects of this exploitative practice. What’s more is that America would expect nothing but the same as the last two, and accepts it.

The recent visit by Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet yesterday, was reported as a positive step toward international relations and human rights. Now at first, I thought that perhaps this was just another lame attempt by the Bush administration to divert negative attention from the Iraq war toward another desperate situation where America lacked a part. But once I read that the purpose of the visit was really to begin talks on a free trade agreement, the visit made perfect sense.

I don’t know why I continue to be surprised at the nerve exemplified by our president, after all, he’s been one-upping himself almost every year. This time it’s a complete contradiction though. The headline of the story highlights a push for human rights in Vietnam, but the whole underlying purpose of the meeting was to orchestrate another breeding ground for human rights violations. I suppose it’s a nice gesture, kinda like that of a mobster hugging or kissing his victim before sticking a knife in his back.

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