Something has been troubling me a lot lately about the subject of "rights." There are a lot of people who have turned a blind eye to the injustice that has been caused to many of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, but whenever an American citizen might lose his or her rights, those same people get ready to start a revolution.
I bet the same people say that it was right to stop Saddam from slaughtering his people. They'd probably also condemn any other country for detaining people and holding them without trial. I guaranfuckingtee that if an American citizen was declared to be a potential danger and snatched up by a foreign country and held without trial indefinitely, that there would be a huge uproar with many Americans.
I can see it now. "His rights are being violated!" Well, according to the logic of some people, apparently only his American rights are being violated. Apparently, it's totally cool to violate human rights and natural right theory so long as the person you're boning is not a citizen of your country.
I hate to say it, but I see this as fairly black and white. If you believe in natural rights theory, then you have to believe that every human being, regardless of citizenship, has those rights. You would then have to believe that any violation of said rights cannot be excused.
But if you think it's okay to violate the natural rights of non-citizens, then you actually don't believe in natural rights. That is, unless, you think that non-citizens aren't human. If you think they don't count as human beings, then sure, it's cool to do whatever you want to them since they have no rights anyway.
I would LOVE for someone to take me to task on this one. Comments are highly encouraged.