Monday, September 19, 2005

The Shame of Darfur

From First Things:

The Shame of Darfur

In April 2005, a striking celebration occurred in Washington to mark the signing of a peace accord between rebel groups of southern Sudan and the Islamist regime in Khartoum, ending Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil war. In a packed room in the Longworth House Office Building, Sudanese exiles mingled with the American officials and religious leaders whose efforts helped halt Sudan’s two-decade genocidal war against its non-Muslim population. The event marked a triumph for both the Bush administration and the faith-based human-rights movement that has burst on the American foreign-policy scene in recent years. But the triumph was muted, for the Sudanese government in Khartoum has now turned its attention from the southern part of the country to the western, undertaking massive ethnic cleansing in the region known as Darfur. The president can put together an international coalition of conscience to block arms and threaten Sudan’s oil industry unless it provides lasting security guarantees to the Darfur people. He can ensure all agencies of the U.S. government send clear, tough messages to Khartoum—and one way to do that is by backing legislation for accountability in Darfur.


At September 19, 2005 5:38 AM, Blogger GunJam said...

Why is President Bush -- for all practical purposes -- ignoring this? Why is Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice -- for all practical purposes -- ignoring this?

I am beginning to think they are really quite afraid of the Islamofascists.

At September 19, 2005 5:41 AM, Blogger Mike H. said...

It would be nice if the janjaweed could disappear from the face of the earth. Leave the camels of course, but take the Islamic component out.

At September 19, 2005 6:14 AM, Blogger John Sobieski said...

I read recently that oil had been discovered in Darfur, and that is whey the Arabs are stepping up the genocide. It's happened over and over again across Africa. The Arabs arrive and rapidly overwhelm the weak African natives. Kill all the men. Rape and impregnate all the women. Force all to convert to Islam. Institute a caste system where the Arabs, and the partial Arabs reign over the native population, who are now Muslims, but second class citizens a step above the infidel dhimmis, if they are even allowed to live.

At September 21, 2005 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post Fjordman--I just picked up a National Geographic magazine Monday.The entire issue is dedicated to Africa, with some background on the situation in the Sudan. They also have it online. Here's a link:

Another very recent account by aid workers in Darfar:

Darfur: aid convoys raided again

A Norwegian Church Aid relief convoy has been raided at gunpoint by bandits in Darfur for the second time in a short period. The security situation in Darfur shows signs of deterioration.

At September 21, 2005 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure why the links didn't work correctly, but I'll try again:

Is there a way to check the links in the preview setting? If there isn't, there should be. I did copy and paste them into a Google search and they came up eventually.


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