May 15th, 2006, 01:10 PM
the "greater good" outweighed human rights concerns
Found this an interesting quote by a US senator when he was talking about Vietnam and its entry into the WTO. Here is the full source BBC
Of course when the greater good is worth a couple of billion it is obivious to see by how much human rights concerns are outweighted.
Following a trade deal Vietnam signed with Mexico last month, it then had to complete a bilateral deal with the US in order to join the WTO club.
However one potential obstacle to a smooth accession surrounds the issue of the US Congress' attitude to Vietnam's human rights record.
Before securing entry into the WTO Vietnam must be granted permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) by Congress.
But on a visit to Hanoi in April, US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, called on Congress to pass a deal because the "greater good" outweighed human rights concerns.
Vietnam signed a previous bilateral trade agreement (BTA) with the US in July 2000, five years after the two former enemies renewed diplomatic relations.
Since then Vietnamese exports to the US have grown to more than $6.5bn in 2005.
\"America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.\"
\"The reason we are so pleased to find other people\'s secrets is that it distracts public attention from our own.\"
May 15th, 2006, 07:25 PM
This is kinda like Clinton opening up trade with China. Everyone thought he was such a "nice" guy.
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You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.