Some excerpts from recent coverage in regard to the situation in Darfur.
From V Tech’s CollegiateTimes comes “Genocide is still alive and well in today’s world”.
These people in Darfur are just like us; they are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. Please log on to http://www.savedarfur.org and sign a postcard to President Bush urging him to take action. Write to your members of Congress and tell them that this is important to you. This is the first genocide of the 21st century, and as many said at the rally on Sunday — let’s make it the last.
Rich Lowery on “Multilateralism Kills”
OUTRAGED human-rights activists rightly say "never again" as they urge action to stop the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. But the world is perfectly content with "again." It is heartening to see left-wing celebrities like George Clooney, who headlined a Darfur protest in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, publicize the cause. But it would be even better if they realized that, in this context, multilateralism kills.
On Darfur, the "international community" offers only bad faith, selfish business deals, absurd political pandering and moral obtuseness. With any truly nettlesome international issue, it is almost always thus, which is why the world leadership of the United States is so important.
The left pours scorn on the administration's concept of "coalitions of the willing," since it is associated with the Iraq War that the left so hates. But often the only alternative that traditional international forums offer to such ad hoc alliances is coalitions of the complacent, cowardly and cretinous.
Leading the coalition of the willingly self-interested on Darfur has been China. With the veto power that comes with its permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, China has been determined to block sanctions against Sudan. Most of Sudan's oil goes to China, and the African nation is China's fourth-largest supplier of oil.
This trumps all other considerations for Beijing: oil is thicker than blood, at least the blood of villagers who are the victims of the government-supported Janjaweed militias in Darfur.
And “US seeks concessions for Darfur rebels “
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The talks, in their seventh round, have dragged on for two years while violence in Darfur has worsened. Two deadlines have come and gone since Sunday without an agreement and the AU has set a new deadline on Thursday night.
Seventh round, dragging on for two years, says it all. This little project has to end now and I hold to my statement below that if this doesn’t work we need to consider the mercenaries. Seven Rounds and over two years and still nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!