Thursday, May 04, 2006

UH 330 Media Review No. 8

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.
Pastor Martin Niemöller

It wasn’t the Jews first. Or perhaps it was, depending on how far back you go. Then there were the Armenians. And the Jews. And the Cambodians. And the Vietnamese (oops, that was us, my bad). And the Tutsis. And now it is the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa.

After World War II, we declared, “Never again.” After Cambodia, we declared, “Never again.” After Rwanda, we declared, “Never again.” And here we are in Darfur. And it’s happening again. We failed.

The Sudanese government wants the Americans to solve the problem. The European Union and the United Kingdom want the rebels to solve the problem. CNN quotes Ian Pearson, the Foreign Affairs Minister for the United Kingdom, as stating that the international community would not understand if the rebels didn’t resolve the situation.

I don’t understand why the international community has not solved the problem. We can get so-called coalition support, from the United Kingdom, even, for our invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. But yet, we tip-toed around Rwanda, and we tip-toe around the Sudan. Nearly two hundred thousand people have been brutally murdered in Darfur, it is estimated that millions have been displaced, and yet, the best we can do is to come up with a treaty that will be quickly rendered meaningless. We are culpable. We have not taken responsibility. We must take responsibility, instead of simply taking passive, utterly useless, actions, which look good but accomplish nothing.

Al Jazeera has more details of the proposed agreement. Oh yes, and it’s a brilliant agreement. It would increase the number of rebels in the military. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Let’s give the people committing the genocide official, legitimate power.

People criticized George Clooney for having the spine to say that we need to do more in Darfur. Perhaps we should listen to him more often.


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