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BBC:In Pictures and Rebels reject draft Darfur peace deal –

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BBC in Pictures – Darfur Rallies in the U.S.

Rebels reject Darfur peace deal.

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Posted by on April 30, 2006 in The Sudan

 

4 responses to “BBC:In Pictures and Rebels reject draft Darfur peace deal –

  1. Philo

    May 1, 2006 at 7:39 am

    The NY Times article on Darfur includes this piece of complete bullshit.

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, speaking Sunday morning on ABC News, noted that “the United States has been one of the most active states” in working to resolve the crisis.

    “Let me just say,” she added, “the president has passion about this issue.”

    I wasn’t watching whatever show Condi said this, but I hope to god that someone asked the follow-up: What has Bush done that is emblematic of his “passion on this issue”? Prove it. How does doing nothing for three years, not sending American troops or pushing for a big contingent of UN or NATO peacekeepers, represent his passion?

    Secretaries of State and Presidents of the USA shouldn’t be allowed to get away with lying about genocide.

     
  2. cooper

    May 1, 2006 at 9:22 am

    Looking back on the information I have gathered over the last few years Philo, including most recently the Congress voting against allocation fifty million for Darfur last time around, after Condi made a rather impassioned pleas for it at that, is see that we the people have some responsibility to become active and let out representatives know how we want them to vote. I am quite sure that except on a very small scale that did not happen last time around. There are still millions of people in this country who do not even know Darfur exists nevermind that they are getting wiped off the face of the earth due to the genocidal actions of the.
    Janjaweed.

    I believe that the media has some responsibility in this as do we as the media promotes what we watch and I feel that the racial component and the fact that many here view these people as ” warring tribes” in some primitive third world country they tend to feel it doesn’t really matter to us. As with anything unless it is humanized and put right in front of our faces we tend to ignore it.

    You are right though, he has basically done nothing especially proactive the few things he has done were basically for show such as last year supporting a no veto on a resolution referring the situation in Darfur to the ICC. What do you expect after getting into a war that should never have been and then having to deal with that backlash.

    As the “Times” stated though and as activists have been stating for some time there are things we can do right now without sending in troops.

     
  3. Philo

    May 1, 2006 at 9:01 pm

    I feel that the racial component and the fact that many here view these people as ” warring tribes” in some primitive third world country they tend to feel it doesn’t really matter to us.

    I highly recommend you read Eduardo Galeano’s Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World. Though on a slew of topics, Galeano does spend a good amount of time addressing the tendencies of conflicts in third world states are “tribal” or “sectarian,” but never political. Very interesting book on whole, a very enlightening read.

     
  4. cooper

    May 1, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks I will check it out. It lookslike something I would be interested in.

     

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