To Live or Not to Live

“For your benefit, learn from our tragedy.
It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.
It can also be other people. “

Simon Wiesenthal,  1908 –  2005
Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi Huter and writer

I woke up this morning to be greeted by this post from another of my sisters of choice Joss Burnell.

Please read it and then answer the question did you know of this Resolution in the UN?  I certainly didn’t, and I wondered which other Nations voted along with the US.  Well, then I went onto this from The Independent and listened to Heather Neuart attempting to justify the US’ position. My next question is can this ever be justified?

And Ms Neuart’s justification “We voted against that resolution because of broader concerns about the resolution’s approach to condemning the death penalty in all circumstances; and, it called for the abolition of the death penalty altogether,”  And of course, the death penalty is still in force in many States.

And the answer to my question as to which other Nations voted with the US

“Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Albania, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Slovenia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Venezuela, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and the U.K. supported the resolution. Botswana, Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates joined the U.S. in opposing it.

Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea and Cuba abstained”

So many, far too many, joined the US in the vote opposing this, and as we can see 7 countries abstained.

As Joss says in her post “Killing people is OKAY. That’s what this vote says. I don’t like how you live, so it’s alright with me, for you to be killed”  Can we really sit back and be quiet about this?

And, what did we learn from the Holocaust and the evil that perpetrated this or these acts?  I suggest the answer is nothing at all.

I think it’s time for us to stand up and be counted.  We here in New Zealand can have no input in the affairs of the US or the other countries who voted in this evil way, but we can lobby our own elected officials to make sure that we do all we can to overturn this vote (if in fact, that is at all possible).

And if my post offends you then I am sorry.  Sorry that our values and morals do not coincide.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. ”
Elie Wiesel –  Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.r 1928 –  2016,

And yet another quote –

So here endeth yet another rant.

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9 responses to “To Live or Not to Live

  1. Thank you for adding your voice to mine. If we remain silent, we condone this and we assure that evil will prevail.

    • Thaks Joss. How can we remain silent? Our Government is about to change but when the new positions are notified I shall be getting onto the right politician to follow up o this.

  2. So true Judith and Joss. Unfortunately the USA is showing its true colors to the world and a very nasty underbelly kept hidden. Of course it took only one catalyst to deform/transform to evil.

  3. I’m surprised to see no mention of France, Italy or Spain’s position on this though I would expect them to vote with the resolution.I confess that when I see slaughters like this weekend’s and those of schoolchildren and those terrorists who drive vehicles into pedestrians I’m tempted to say let justice be done by lethal means. No point in keeping these killers alive and then letting them out. If a life sentence meant life then it might be different.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • As these countries are not noted in the list of those who voted with the US, one has to suppose/assume that they all did the right thing and voted for the Resolution.
      And what’s to say about all the mayhem and yes murder, being committed by the terrorists around the world. Against my better judgment, I have to agree that some people don’t deserve the right to live. As you may know, this is one of my all-time rants. No doubt there will be more in the future.
      Hugs from here to there.xxx

  4. This is yet another embarrassment for the US! I had read about it but did not know how other countries voted. There is no excuse for our support of it but intolerance seems to be growing in my country. We must continue to speak out. I read the post by Joss also. Well done for both of you!

    • i find any kind of discrimination abhorrent and unfortunately, as you say, intolerance is growing but not only in your country, but I think, over the world. Yes, it’s time for us all to stand up and be counted. Thanks for the comment Jo Nell

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