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Monday, March 20, 2006

Never Again.

2:02 PM

In the past two years, janjaweed militias sponsored by the Sundanse government have killed four hundred thousand civilians in Darfur, Sudan. In a March 12 article in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof reports that the genocide is spreading into Chad. [400,000 is is an estimated figure and includes 250,000 deaths by starvation and disease caused indirectly by the militias, as well as 140,000 violent deaths caused directly by the militias.]

If the role of the U.S. is truly to protect other peoples from genocide, then we must act. George W. Bush recently asked Congress to approve $514 million to aid Darfur. It’s a start but, in context, we spend $6 billion a month in Iraq.

Now is a perfect time to redeploy some of our troops from Iraq to Sudan: Now, when 71% of Iraqis view us "mostly as occupiers” (April 2004 CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll). Now, when 72% of American troops in Iraq think we should leave within a year (February 2006 Zogby poll). Now, when our actions in Iraq have caused the country to begin to break apart rather than rise up as a unity.

Now, the important thing! What can you do to help? Send a card to the President supporting multinational action in Sudan at Or check for more ways to help.


Anonymous RW said...

This is a really interesting take on the issue. As I say in the comments, I am not persuaded by the article that the danger of intervention outweighs the danger of doing nothing. The practical critique of the Darfur movement, however is of greater concern.

Hi Misha.

2:10 PM  

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