Thursday, September 21, 2006
I went to a talk today in Stahr where a representative from the International Justice Mission (IJM) spoke of the importance of good people doing something in order to combat evil. She even quoted Edmund Burke when he said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing." Although I have a very high degree of respect and admiration for IJM, I feel that they are not using their time, efforts, and resources as effectively as they can. IJM focuses too much on curing human rights abuses on a case-by-case basis. I think they could be a lot more effective if they used a more preventative strategy. For example, when a patient comes in with an ulcer, a doctor can prescribe medication to treat the ulcer, or she can take the more effective, preventative approach of understanding that the ulcer is a result of the patient's inability to handle a stressful situation. Advice on dealing with stressful situations, in this case, is more effective in the long-term than prescribing a drug. I feel that IJM should realize that ulcers will continue to occur as long as there is that stressful situation. Rather than trying to punish perpetrator on a case-to-case basis, they should work with province and national governments to promote education and economic development. If these conditions improve, human rights abuses will inevitably decrease.