Friday, 7 March 2008

The Rights of Peoples to Choose their Rulers

All nations should have the right to self-determination. Rhodri Morgan has been urged to speak out for Tibet. Large and powerful states have always had the temptation to swallow up their smaller neighbors, or to build empires to conquer and exploit for their own ends. Examples include the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru, the British conquest of India and the German conquest of Poland and Czechoslovakia. There are also nations without a country of their own, including the Kurds, the Basques and the Palestinians.
It is right that pressure should be put on states such as China to encourage them to rectify the wrongs committed by their own previous administrations.


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