Saturday, July 09, 2005

Why "Never Again" Never Meant Anything

This is an article written by Fergal Keane of the BBC News organization. He has spent many years following the Rwanda genocide, and he recently went to commensurate the 10 year anniversary. That may explain his next statement:
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And perhaps, after the experience of Rwanda, I was also wary of becoming entangled in the horrors and complexities of another epic tragedy.

Because, be assured, Darfur is an epic story.

More than two million people have been uprooted. Hundreds of thousands, nobody really knows how many, have been killed. Thousands of women have been raped.

And yet for all the epic quality of this tragedy, it feels like a very old script.
As you can see from his writings, he is very disturbed at this "new" atrocity. Indeen, we have talked, sent envoys, Sec. of State Colin Powell declared it to be genocide in September of 2004. Others then felt the heat for a moment to go visit, but they could not label it genocide because of ties to China.

Then again, we go back and call for resolutions from the most corroct of them all organizations-the UN, What the **** is going on here that people do not care???

Do they believe it has nothing to do with them? So what if it doesn't? For the Lord said, "Whatever you do for the least of these, you have done for Me." (not an exact quote, but very close.)

Even if you are not a believer, it still has to do with you. It shows your true character. YOU are NOT the center of this universe, and you could be next. Do not ever doubt that.
They looked like men who knew that whatever I might report back on television, and whatever the UN workers would say to their bosses, none of it would be enough to bring the international cavalry charging over the hill to save the beaten down, terrorised people of the camp.
Please tell me, who will come to the aid of America? No one. We are the only country that helps so many with so much. So why do we remain silent?
These are the diplomatic details but they speak to a fundamental crisis that has dogged the United Nations from its birth 60 years ago.
The national interests of member states will usually take precedence over the suffering of people in Africa. <...> I have no doubt that in a few years time there will be investigations by the United Nations and the EU and several others into why the world failed the people of Darfur.

We already know why, just as we did in Rwanda.

We cared, but we did not care enough. [read more]
I know you can have a good day, but for once, maybe, could you please think of someone beside yourself? It matters, and your voice is important. You would be surprised how much!

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