Monday, April 16, 2007

Surreal debate on Darfur

After class on Wednesday of last week, I was listening to an NPR report on Darfur, and I couldn't believe my ears - the Democrats were lambasting the Administration for failing to act in Darfur, and the Administration was arguing that action was not possible unless more time was spent on diplomacy to keep our "allies" together. Some of the Dems even went so far as to suggest that diplomacy had failed and it was time ACT (meaning militarily, no-fly zones, etc.)

If you took a transcript of the proceeding and change the word "Darfur" to "Iraq", the two sides positions would be reversed. How bizarre. Could it be that the Dems don't care about Iraqi ethnic cleansing because 1) they can blame any bad outcome on G.W. and the Republicans and thus avoid any culpability in the slaughter of thousands and/or 2) Iraqi-Americans don't have the political clount that African-Americans do with the Democrats.

UPDATE: For the record, I do believe the U.S. should be putting more pressure on Sudan, and working to stop the genocide occuring in Darfur. There really is no reason to have allowed this to go on as long as it has. If you want to support efforts to end the murder and suffering there, check in to