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Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The American Witness

Another great op-ed piece by Kristof on the situation in Darfur. Read to hear what is happening and the frustration held by an American witness that worked for the African Union. Each day he saw another tribe burned, another girl raped, another baby brutally murdered and was not able to do anything about it because of the lack of sanctions.

At one level, I blame President Bush - and, even more, the leaders of European, Arab and African nations - for their passivity. But if our leaders are acquiescing in genocide, that's because we citizens are passive, too. If American voters cared about Darfur's genocide as much as about, say, the Michael Jackson trial, then our political system would respond. One useful step would be the passage of the Darfur Accountability Act, to be introduced today by Senators Jon Corzine and Sam Brownback. The legislation calls for such desperately needed actions as expanding the African Union force and establishing a military no-fly zone to stop Sudan from bombing civilians.

As Martin Luther King Jr. put it: "Man's inhumanity to man is not only perpetrated by the vitriolic actions of those who are bad. It is also perpetrated by the vitiating inaction of those who are good."