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Darfur in need of attention

May 7, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

Murderous Islamic radicals have killed thousands of people in terrorist attacks during the past several years. At the same time state terrorism - with Islamic radical underpinnings - has killed an estimated 300,000 people in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Virtually nothing has been done to stop the slaughter, which shows no sign of abating on its own.

Unless the United States takes the lead, as it did in toppling the vicious Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the world community seems unwilling to take any action to prevent massacres such as that occurring in Darfur. As Americans are painfully aware, our country has paid in blood and treasure for serving as the world's policeman for several decades. It is long past time for other countries, fully capable of mounting meaningful peacekeeping actions, to take the lead.

Darfur is in the news again. That country's President Omar al-Bashir is expelling 16 international aid agencies. He and his Arab-based government seem determined to accelerate the pace of genocide directed at Sudan's ethnic African people.

What is happening in Darfur is clear, yet the United Nations - formed to prevent such atrocities - will not act to stop the killing. U.N. officials, including ambassadors of nations unwilling to help the people of Darfur, should be hanging their heads in shame about the slaughter they are allowing.

 
 

 

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