Repeat after me – Darfur
We don’t talk about this enough in the political blogs, not nearly enough – and to be honest with you, it gives me sort of an uncomfortable feeling when I try to figure out why,
ADRÉ, Chad — The chaos in Darfur, the war-ravaged region in Sudan where more than 200,000 civilians have been killed, has spread across the border into Chad, deepening one of the world’s worst refugee crises.
Arab gunmen from Darfur have pushed across the desert and entered Chad, stealing cattle, burning crops and killing anyone who resists. The lawlessness has driven at least 20,000 Chadians from their homes, making them refugees in their own country.
Hundreds of thousands more people in this area, along with 200,000 Sudanese who fled here for safety, find themselves caught up in a growing conflict between Chad and Sudan, which have a long history of violence and meddling in each other’s affairs.
February 28th, 2006 at 5:47 pm
We won’t intervene because, for one, we can’t, and for two, this administration simply does not care about the hellish fate awaiting all those who have not already experienced it in this area of Africa. There will the obligatory expressions of concern, of course, but nothing else from our leaders. And much as I hate to say it, there will be no public outcry demanding action be taken to stop this humanitarian disaster. Darfur, never agian, indeed.
February 28th, 2006 at 7:33 pm
If they were all white, we’d have intervened and stopped it years ago. It’s awful to even contemplate, but there it is. Kind of like with Katrina - had that hurricane hit someplace like, say, Connecticut, things would’ve been a whole lot different.
Some things never change.