I don’t know where Darfur is, or why it has its own name. I’ve just seen a map highlighting the western part of Sudan. What I do know is that this isn’t being given enough attention. Between Darfur and Deslam (the school in Russia), I really gotta ask *wtf* is with our news coverage, and the priorites of our leaders. Why did Bush only mention either one a few times? Why is Colin Powell the only one in the freaking world talking about Darfur and calling it genocide? Where’s Kerry, calling on Bush to go in there and save these people?
This is going on now. These people, the ethnic Africans, are being systematically slaughtered by Arab militants. The government of Sudan is letting the militias do whatever they want, because the militias help the government maintain power. When first confronted by Powell, our great and noble European leaders, the wonderful French and Belgese and the rest of them *wouldn’t call it genocide*. They said that was too harsh, they needed to look into it. England at least went there and did an investigation, though that’s all they did. The UN? The security council? That wonderful security council? You remember how we were supposed to get the Security Council’s approval to invade Iraq, because it was the noble institution of cooperation with our wonderful allies? *They refused to sanction Sudan*. *Refused*. REFUSED. *REFUSED*. I’m typing in caps because this is insane and I am pissed off.
Do me a favor, and do yourself a favor, and type it into Google’s News page and read something about it. This is potentially another Rwanda. I know I’m being immature and maybe exaggerating things, but it hasn’t been more than a few months since I heard people murmuring that it was the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and how it was bad that we didn’t do anything. And we’re doing it again. The world is doing it again, and the US is complicit in it. Now, I have faith that some leaders are trying. I know Colin Powell is busy as hell trying to get Europe and the UN to take action, But oil sanctions? That’s not going to be enough. That’s not nearly enough. Let me tell something to the liberals who say it isn’t our job to fix the world. Have some goddamn compassion. Whatever the hell you said about Iraq for whatever reason, this is entirely different. The genocide is going on now. And to the conservatives, call on Bush to tackle this. Not play electoral politics for the next month while people are being slaughtered. *Damnit*.
Oh, and by the way – mass rapes going on by these Arab militias. And this just great, because I’m reading this news article about some african girl who will be shunned for the rest of her life because she’s been raped and had a child from the rape. (This has been going on for 18 months). And apparently the culture there is that it’s her fault she was raped and her family said it would’ve been better if they killed her. *Fantastic*.
Current status: 30-50,000 dead over the past year, 1.2 million forced from their land. Hey, I’ve got an idea: Let’s ignore it.