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by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Nov 28, 2006
Nicholas Kristoff of the NYT and Jonathan Gurwitz of the San Antonio Express-News, deserve considerable credit for their relentless efforts in focusing the spotlight on the appalling genocide in Dafur. The deafening silence by a largely uncaring international community exposes the racism and callous unconcern for the sanctity of human life, especially when the victims are black Africans. The lessons of the Rwandan genocide are all but forgotten. The tragedy of Dafur is also a damning indictment of an international community which unhesitatingly dances with the 'devil' but remains unconcerned with the genocidal killings by its trading partner. Russia and China are Sudan's principal weapons suppliers and are therefore complicit in the ensuing genocide. It is tragic that nations self interests invariably trump human rights considerations. Arab nations especially deserve public scorn for their failure to reign in the genocidal savagery. It is shameful that the United Nations has failed to issue a no-fly' zone and impose a tight weapons embargo to protect the black Sudanese from their Arab serial killers. This would also be a wonderful opportunity for the US to shore up its tattered image by flexing its military muscles for purely humanitarian reasons. After all, it did not hesitate to impose a tight embargo on Iraq and launch into an unprovoked attack on a sovereign state.