January 30, 2007

Good questions...

Orrin Johnson writes on a good question, Iraq vs. Darfur - Just What Is a Worthy Call to One's Conscience? (Thanks to Lorie Byrd)

...Why are the Christians in Darfur more worthy of being saved than the Kurds or Shi'ites were under Saddam's Iraq? Why is the sectarian violence (some could say civil war) in the Sudan worthy of sending American troops to battle al Qaeda, IEDs, and an "endless war" in a country without any real government, when at the same time, it is a moral imperative that we guarantee the same deadly results in Iraq by withdrawing immediately?...

...There are no answers to these questions, of course. Darfur is hip, Iraq is not. That's it. That's the real difference. And Darfur has the added bonus of "never going to happen" because of French, Chinese, and Russian interests there. Which means the high school idealists, college-know-it-all hippies, academics, and other assorted activists can feel good about "making a difference" without ever having to face the consequences which come with the best intentioned humanitarian interventions.

I would love to intervene in the Sudan. I wish we had the military to do it. Unfortunately, our military is too small to solve every world problem at once. So how about we finish solidifying our victories for freedom and human rights against murderous oppressors where we already are first? Don't think success in Iraq will be able to be ignored by the Sudanese thugs who know they're next on the radar...

[Referring to his picture of a church with "saveDarfur.org" and "Blessed Are The Peacemakers" banners] ...."Blessed are the Peacemakers" indeed. Too bad neither this church, nor the "anti-war" crowd, nor the defeatists in Congress can claim such a title...

Well, actually, the "save Darfur" crowd are NOT suggesting we send US troops, as far as I know. But the point is still valid, because that is in fact the only way that Darfur can be saved.

The current "save Darfur" agitation on the left is exactly equivalent to those moronic "Save Tibet" bumper stickers you see on aging Volvos everywhere. They are only there to make the owner feel good; they have nothing to do with actually doing anything.

Charlene and I recently had a brief, well, "clash" you might say, with a rather saint-like but leftish woman who had worked in Africa for many years, including in Sudan. It was interesting, because we tried to pin her down on the simple fact that the only way the killing will be stopped is if the US intervenes militarily. She tried to squirm away with vague protestations that "the world should get involved," and guff like that---but I think she knew too much to really have her heart in it! It was a polite social situation, and so we had to drop the topic. But I think about it now and then....

Posted by John Weidner at January 30, 2007 9:58 AM
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