Maybe the situation in Sudan is finally going to become a real issue that gets attention:
Representative Charles Rangel (Democrat of New York) was arrested July 13 as he blocked the entrance to the Sudanese Embassy to protest the Khartoum government’s support for militia groups that have killed between 15,000 and 30,000 people in Sudan’s Darfur region while making a mockery of international efforts to stop what the lawmaker termed “genocide.”
Standing with crossed arms in front of the embassy’s door on Washington’s Massachusetts Avenue at high noon, Rangel and a band of about 50 protesters sang the defiant civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” evoking similar protests against racism in America during the 1960s and against apartheid in South Africa in the 1980s.
The UN refuses to use the “G” word, but Rangel sure isn’t:
According to the influential lawmaker: “The situation in Sudan has clearly reached the level of a genocide. U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Andrew Natsios has declared that at least 300,000 people will be dead by year’s end in the best-case scenario, and over a million will perish if things continue on their present course. We must take immediate actions to condemn the government of Sudan for their complicity and save the lives of these innocent people.”
Rangel warned: “We acted too late to save million of Jews during World War II. We didn’t act at all when hundreds of thousands of innocents were slaughtered in Rwanda. We have the opportunity now to stop a genocide and we must act.”
Good for him. How much of the western world’s refusal to act simply boils down to good old fashioned racism? Why are the UN and the United States simply willing to sit by while people are slaughtered like this? And where the hell has Bill Clinton been? Cripes, he just recently told us all that his greatest mistake while in office was not doing anything in Rwanda.