Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Anne Barnard revisits the history of the Cold War and US role in promoting human rights

"the meetings took place at the Palace of Nations, one of the stolid lakeside edifices built when the United Nations was formed after World War II. Those buildings symbolized a postwar order that tried to institutionalize human rights and the laws of war, an order associated with American leadership — or domination — amid the tensions of the Cold War." Come again? The US promoted human rights during the Cold War? Where were we? Asleep? Because we never noticed.