internal affairs

@andygogo (1580)
China
January 3, 2007 11:37pm CST
If China went before the UN and said "Hey, we're jumping on the Sudanese government's side because we have vested interests there," nobody would stand for that, so they have to come up with an "official" reason, namely that other countries shouldn't meddle with Sudan's "internal affairs." It works the same anywhere: the US invaded Iraq and Afghanistan in order to bring "d.e.mocra.cy" and "freedom" to them and eliminate terrorism (real reason: oil, and building a pipeline through Afghanistan); Japan and China are bickering over a few uninhabited and ostensibly worthless rocks sticking out of the water called the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, because they are "inalienable parts of China/Japan" (real reason: more oil, not to mention lots and lots of fish); Russia is combatting separatism in Chechnya, because the Chechen separatists are terrorists (real reason: still more oil). Any time you have a government, especially that of a big and powerful country, trying to rally its people around some cause or remaining strangely mute on what is undeniably a humanitarian crisis, there are always two reasons: the official reason, and the real reason.
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