QatzelOk wrote:Here, what you mean is that everybody "criticizes" the West and its international interventions. This is what "shits on" means in your sentence.
Meanwhile, the West is constantly dropping tonnes and tonnes of things that are much more toxic than "shit" on other countries, and the West does this in order to maintain control of these "backyard" countries full of "backyard" people with resources that the West wants to devour.
By carefully selecting the most vulgar expression that you could find to describe "criticizes" (shits on), you have lied about the relationship between the Empire and its victims. You have accused the victims of being vulgar, rather than the Empire that kills everyone and steals everything. Even from much poorer people who need the resources for food and shelter.
The Empire (and most of its citizen-consumers) is addicted to this huge lie.
No, there's no issue criticizing western actions by their government and corporations etc. But there's a collective guilt by many westerners who feel they are "oppressors" and that indigenous and people in the 3rd world are the noble victims and their poverty is entirely or even largely a product of their victimization. This is the lie.
Obviously the west has at many times acted as oppressors, and many times the 3rd world and indigenous have been victimized by them. However, indigenous peoples and societies/governments in the 3rd world are just as and I would argue are even more brutal than the West. They aren't noble societies at all, at least not any more than the West. Indigenous peoples rapes, murdered, pillaged, and scalped each other's societies for millennia and also created their own empires (Incas, Aztecs) that were horrifically murderous, all before 1492. No different than Asians and Africans. West Africans also went to war with each and captured slaves in order to sell fellow Africans to the white slave traders for things like guns because they wanted to use those guns on each other. No other non-western society has any moral high ground to wag its finger at the west because doing so is hypocrisy. These are the lies we tell ourselves, that we're "bad"/"evil", and the lie YOU tell yourself is that indigenous primitive culture is more "noble". These are fairy tales. What's noble about more rape, murder, war, torture, famine, disease, infant mortality, non-existent sanitation, illiteracy? No society was behaving any better than the West when Europeans spread colonialism. Everybody on the planet was at war with each other and/or in alliances of war so you can't just cry "victim" just because your society lost. What a load of BS.
We're not any more evil than anyone else. We're all human. That doesn't mean we can't do better, or can't be criticized, or can't be held accountable. The West also invented human rights and legal due process and should apply them to their own actions. There's also far less war, rape, torture, famine, and murder than at any other point in human history, thanks almost entirely to the West. The only peaceful and prosperous societies in the non-west are places like Japan and South Korea because the West created them in their image. The Japanese empire prior to 1945 were brutal and invaded and annexed much of south-east Asia.