Sunday, August 08, 2004
Genocide of the Day
OK. I got a nice email telling me that many of you probably don't get this.
It's pretty simple actually - why is the government ignoring the 'rebels' who are raping, killing, and starving it's people? Simple - the victims are not Muslims. And having an all-Muslim state is a pretty good way to get more $$ from the Saudis. Not to mention the fact that the Saudis have trained an entire generation of Muslims to believe that they cannot live in the same world as non-Muslims.
That's why asking the Arab states to help (as the colossally stupid Victor Hanson suggests above) is not gonna work - it's like asking the fox to guard the henhouse.
Full disclosure: I have known some of the people mentioned in these articles for many years.
Sorry guys, the government in Khartoum may be National Islamic Front extremists, but the population of Darfur - unlike south Sudan are also Moslems. One reason that the Arab and Moslem world needs to be more critical of Sudan, not to give it kneejerk support in a reaction to the illegal and unjustified invasion of Iraq. However, whatever one things of the violations committed at Abu Garaib or the injustices heaped upon the Palestinians, they do not excuse Khartoum's policies of ethnic cleansing and mass starvation, irrespective of the faith the latest victims belong to.
You're right in that Darfur, unlike the other civil war thats been going on for some years now, is Muslim vs Muslim. Which makes it a racist, as opposed to religious, genocide.
Nobody here is supporting the Sudanese government - I'm not sure if that was your implication. It should be pretty obvious from the post that the opposite is true!