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What Now

24 Aug

The Olympic success of China, and by that I meaning their success in managing to squash all protest and refuse the permits of those who wished to demonstrate peacefully while cutting short news conferences where anyone might post uncomfortable questions, is not in doubt.

What is in doubt is what will happen in Darfur.

The UN-AU force is suffering form the same fate as the old UN Darfur force. Helicopters of NATO forces sit un-deployed throughout the world, or participating in air show. The peacekeeping mission to Darfur is not going to be successful without them, is unsuccessful as a matter of fact given that the helicopters were promised over a year ago and some tragic events have occurred in that time period. Events which could have been prevented had the promised copters been de-ployed.

There continues to be a call to allow those who perpetrated crimes against humanity in Darfur go unpunished for the sake of diplomacy, under veiled threats that awful things could happen to the people of Darfur should Al-Brashir actually be convicted of these crimes, as if something awful has not already happened.

It has been suggested, and I agree, that activists need to look closer to home when calling for action in Darfur. We must hold our own governments responsible for their complicity in allowing the situation to continue.

We must also continue to fund humanitarian relief efforts in Darfur.

Relief Web

Women for Women

Doctors Without Borders

International Rescue Committee

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Posted by on August 24, 2008 in Bookmarks

 

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  1. sauer kraut

    August 25, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Umar al-Bashir needs to heed the lessons of Serbia and Bosnia. There, the murdering bastards thought they would get away with genocide. They did not.

    Neither will al-Bashir. The world, flaw-filled as it might be, does not so easily forgive crimes against humanity.

     
  2. Doug

    August 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I think this is the problem with stretching the symbolism too much. Moving the focus of the Darfur tragedy to the Beijing Olympics allowed races to make genocide look petty instead of the other way around.

     

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