- Jan 2014
- Santiago de Chile
There will always be an issue with the mutual recognition of laws because the very concept of human rights (which for instance the UN champions in international law) is a very western thing, it is for practical matters a modern western creation.The slave trades are not so much a matter of law but a matter of war. Should apologies be offered? Possibly yes. There's no reason why the trades you mentioned should be exempt from apologies, if one is demanded for the Atlantic slave trade.
The Jesuits enslaved large numbers of Japanese in the 16th century/ Do I expect an apology from the Catholic Church? No, because Hideyoshi reacted by banning them, burning Catholics at the stake and becoming friendly with the Dutch.
I was talking about mutual recognition of laws.
Discarding immigration laws is a very dangerous precedent to say the lest, even if it has altruism in it's core, a lot of unintended nefarious consequences can emerge, in the case of my own country and society we are now starting to see that with the current large scale illegal (or whatever politically correct name they have given it) immigration. Once you open the doors to everyone you open the doors to criminals, human traffickers, child molesters and long etc who will also abuse the open borders.
It's not just apologies though, there is an implicit financial burden at stake, possibly massive reparations, if it was truly just apologies I feel almost everyone would be behind that, but when money comes into the equation things get ugly, understandably so. And I'll note the author explicitly states western nations, apparently no one else, I find that unacceptable.
(I had no idea of the the Jesuits enslaving Japanese, learn something everyday).