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Believe it or not, the conflict in Sudan has really been going on for at least 15 years . It claimed 2 million lives before it was officially declared to be "over" in May of 1994. As many as 40,000 have died in Darfur alone, where rape camps are established for the purpose of ethnic cleansing.
If this were happening in Europe, the whole world would be up in arms. When it happened in Bangladesh, artists organized a "Save the people" campaign. They sang "All we are saying, is give peace a chance." If Israelis were murdering Palestinians in this way, there would long ago have been a ruling by the ICJ about the genocide and ethnic cleansing, there would be UN Security council resolutions, sanctions and worse. When it happened in Kossovo, Nato intervened.
But the Sudan is not in Europe, but in Africa. The conflict began as a struggle for a secular society (the same secular society that is so beloved of some Palestinians for Israel) in Sudan. Ahmed Ibrahim Diriage, a Muslim leader of the opposition, said in 1989 :
Understand, that because this is occuring in Africa, and perhaps because it is Arab Muslims who are committing genocide, nobody is in a big hurry to do anything about it. There is no doubt at all of what is happening. Hair-raising reports pour in every day. For example:
Aside from a few righteous people who cry out about the silence ( eg here and here ) nobody cares. You don't really care, either, do you? Or perhaps you do care, but not enough to get anyone to do anything about it.
Here is another example of what we are condoning by our silence:
Good for you Colin. We mustn't be hasty. Fifteen years is not enough time time for Sudanese to finish their genocide program. True, the Nazis had much less time, but the Germans had better organization. Good old Colin was agreeing with the Arab League, who also want to give the Sudanese government more time:
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Replies: 8 comments
The UN is corrupted beyond any possible redemption. The Muslim world is taking advantage of the intentional denial of the governments in power to advance their adgenda. The fanatic Islamic clerics of all the Muslim countries continue to brainwash their people into callous ignorance while reducing them to poverty (mentally, financially and psychologically). This become a hudge mass that at one point could be used to destroy what is not "Muslim". Meat for canons. The Iranians and the Palestinians for example used their children for that very purpose. Some black African countries have learned to do the same. The death penalty applies to these "Masters" of the Muslim world. I am personally against the death penalty. The western world is far from being innocent. They probably would not care if entier peoples are killed or the victim of say: AIDS, malaria etc.
Posted by lubicz, stephane @ 08/01/2004 06:07 AM CST
Rather than look at Israel as a comparator perhaps we should look at Iraq. Saddam's human rights abuses are now being cited as justification for the invasion, in the absence of any WMD's. Yet when equally bad violations occur in Darfur there is no action; as yet not even sanctions.
The unfortunate thing is that even if the US and UK did want to intervene on humanitarian grounds, they have blotted their copybook with Muslims so badly that any involvement now would be like putting out a fire with petrol.
Posted by Nimrod @ 08/02/2004 04:47 PM CST
If the people of muslum countries could just realize that we all can get along, and stop putting religious racism as the main aspect of there lives there countries would be more prosperous and they could grow to be modern marvals. I guess ignorance will always provail when you live with blinders.
Posted by Tony @ 08/07/2004 10:00 AM CST
Instead of just posting comments here, why not do something concrete to help the refugees?
Posted by Nimrod @ 08/11/2004 03:36 PM CST
A point of accuracy:
Posted by Robert Vint @ 08/15/2004 03:53 AM CST
Since I wrote the above, there has actually been some action of African states, as well as the watered-down UN resolution, regarding Sudan. The slaughter continues as of this writing, and the Arab league has again warned against pressuring Sudan. This is not necessarily a reflection of Arab public opinion, editorials in Al-Ahram (Egypt) Jordan Times and Arab News(Saudi Arabia) all decried the slaughter in Darfur.
An excellent article about the complexities of Sudan was written by Lee Smith at Slate. It is not a simple matter of Arabs versus non-Arabs.
Posted by Moderator @ 08/18/2004 12:15 PM CST
Why are black leaders not making such a ruckus every day that it becomes a central issue which must be solved? Are the lives of black Africans so unimportant to them? IF they wanted they could mobilize our black communities and others as well. Why aren't they?
Posted by jerry @ 09/06/2004 04:53 PM CST
I agree absolutely that their should be intervention in this terrible crisis.
I am confused as to why Syrians, Jordanians, Egyptians, Nigerians, Ethiopians, Lebanese, Libyans, and Yemenese are not banding together to create a coalition force to rid this region of such heinous activity. They too, have eyes, ears, and the ability to help their neighbours.
I am confused as to why surrounding states would shake their head, and say "tsk tsk" about such an affair, and then scream loudly that it is ironic that the UN, or United States does not become involved, when they are more than willing to become involved in an oil-rich region.
I am confused as to why the UAE, or Kuwait are not organizing huge relief efforts, or humanitarian missions. Where is Poland? Where is India? Where is South Africa, Argentina?
Waiting for the UN or US to intervene. Yes, that's right. Waiting.......while it all happens. I'm sure they will be happy to band together at the end: to lay the blame of non-intervention on the UN, or US.
By all means, let's bring an end to this catastrophe.
Don't everyone jump in at once.
Posted by William Forrester @ 10/04/2004 02:57 AM CST
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