Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Nicholas Kristof asks, Dare We Call It Genocide? He writes:

ALONG THE CHAD-SUDAN BORDER — The Bush administration says it is exploring whether to describe the mass murder and rape in the Darfur region of Sudan as "genocide." I suggest that President Bush invite to the White House a real expert, Magboula Muhammad Khattar, a 24-year-old widow huddled under a tree here.

The world has acquiesced shamefully in the Darfur genocide, perhaps because 320,000 deaths this year (a best-case projection from the U.S. Agency for International Development) seems like one more boring statistic. So listen to Ms. Khattar's story, multiply it by hundreds of thousands, and let's see if we still want to look the other way....

Are we going to act as we did in Rwanda, and look the other way, or this time will we admit that genocide is being committed before our eyes?

No comments:

Post a Comment