Well, that's embarrassing. My first shot on the YAL blog didn't go so well, and you'll see why in a second.
My initial post, titled Ecuador is Awesome, turned out to be a flub. Immediately below is the original post, and following that is the update, and the explanation for the new title: Is Ecuador Awesome?
Why don't you ask the kids at Tiananmen square?
Was Fashion the reason why they were there?
System of a Down, Hypnotize
Washington and its media arm have the long knives out for Ecuador, a relatively tiny, unimportant country with no real global consequence.
The apologists over at Politico are baffled. After all, Ecuador is no bastion of liberty or human rights. They certainly don’t hold a candle to the great beacon of freedom known as the U.S.A., what with its straight-up assassination of American citizens without due process, its flat-out silencing of political enemies, and its media-silencing tactics.
So what gives? Why is Ecuador trying to protect Wikileaks boss Julian Assange and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden?
The truth is, it doesn’t matter why. Even if the reason is crass political maneuvering at home. Even if the reason is to poke the U.S. in the eye. Even if the reason is just for funsies.
Ecuador doesn’t have a perfect human rights record. No country does. Why does that matter? The American government certainly isn’t protecting our rights to free speech or a free press, and we shouldn’t expect it to. We shouldn’t expect a country that proclaims the invented right to assassinate citizens without due process to care about relatively silly rights like free speech.