Some of the views being purported on this issue, are nothing short of absurd and ignorant, bigoted and simplistic, denying and defamatory, disillusioned to the point of gross concern, unjust, uneducated and unfair.
Civil rights operate at the absolute root of national security. Without a system that at least attempts to be just, and offer freedom of speech to a country’s citizens (at the very least), the risk of an unstable society can easily burgeon a situation where national security will soon come under threat. Clearly.
Marginalised areas of a country’s social structure easily fall into patterns of unrest. Take for example, the opposition supporters in Iran. Faced with an apparently rigged election result in favor of the hardline Mir Hossein Mousavi – and practically voiceless due to his oppressive regime – they took to the streets to be heard, and are still mobilizing a nation’s people, as well as supporters around the world. While some may view their fight in positive light (while perhaps viewing Mousavi’s rule as a farce), what occurred as the protests reached their peak is now history. And doesn’t bode well for the situation of any nation’s security.
In some ways (and the notion is an anomaly itself) Iran could consider itself lucky. – Denying civil rights can lead to a lot more extreme consequences. Consider the Muslims of India. Marginalised beyond belief, and treated with passionate hatred by the vast majority Hindu in the country, the Muslim population of India are actually deemed lower in the country’s social hierarchy (and to some extent, the caste system is still recognized within its culture) than the poorest, most unskilled and disrespected citizens of a nation of billions. They suffer systematic racist attacks, have had their land and their livelihoods taken away by the (strongly Hindu) government, and continue to struggle for recognition as a group – religious or otherwise – in a country where struggling is an everyday occurrence for the vast many ignored by a government that is happy to segregate and marginalize. – Where are the rights of these people?
In November of 2008, India was gripped by a horrifying attack that in its aftermath, saw the Indian government blaming Pakistani (Muslim) terrorists for the bloodshed and chaos. There are many theories (and gaping holes in the evidence provided by the Indian government, as well as the threats and mistreatment against those convicted of involvement in the attacks) that point to a marginalized people, coming from within the Indian nation, resorting to violence in order to be heard. Whether this is the correct way to go about business is practically irrelevant – it’s the fact that they were pushed. – (Elaborating on this aspect of such a controversial subject – India’s record with Pakistan and the Pakistani (Muslim) threat to the Indian nation, as well as the world’s perceived threat from Muslims, are all that need be mentioned – could prove time-consuming to say the least) …
If you continually push someone into a corner, they’ll eventually try and escape. And if peaceful means won’t work, they might just be forced to wrestle or fight their way out. How many nations that are constantly struggling with national security are denying their citizen’s their basic rights?
Civil rights are something that every person can expect, and that every person should exercise. Freely, willingly and even impulsively. – Deny people of something that could even be considered inherent to human nature, and you risk – from within or without – a justifiable attack on power, and a failure in securing a nation and its people.
published on Helium.com