Saturday, October 07, 2006

Darfur Tragedy

Did anyone notice? On October the 1st Israel withdrew from Southern Lebanon drawing this dreadful conflict to a close. Under cover of darkness, a column of tanks and about 200 Israeli soldiers slunk home. We must all give thanks that a war that claimed some 1800 lives is over. I suspect that no one much did notice, and this makes me rather angry.

It was only recently that local Liberal and Labour politicians were advertising their distress at the tragedy. Amongst the many who went into print were James Kempton, Emily Thornberry and Lucy Watts. Some thought it odd that the war provoked such a public reaction from “local” officials, but I took them at face value. Not any more; all of these people stand in my eyes as pious frauds until they speak out on Darfur

Darfur hits a Lebanon total of deaths every ten days and the current butchers bill is estimated by NGO`s at 400,000. It is not a natural disaster; it is the ethnic cleansing policy of the Khartoum Government. Last year, under international pressure, a Comprehensive Peace Treaty was agreed for South Sudan and the nervous calm holds good. Everything hangs in the balance now, most urgently for Darfur, but also for the South. So why, when the smallest voice could help, are our local representatives silent?

We can only speculate. A Jewish attack on advanced Hezbollah positions pricks their consciences. An Islamic Arab mass genocide against Black African Christians does not. I shall try to think the best our local spokesmen. The arrival of the formally agreed UN force is , after all, of considerably more importance. There is one condition though; that James Kempton, Emily Thornberry Lucy Watts, join me in condemning Islamic Arab slaughter of African black men and women in Sudan, today.

1 comment:

Jay McGinley said...

Bless you for your concern for Darfur.
Several of us have decided to begin a RESCUE DARFUR FAST. One of us began 5 days ago, and several others today. Links below for the details.
Nothing less than a worldwide fast-until-the-genocide-stops will be enough to stop it.
Nothing less will be a sufficient moral response.
Nothing less will preserve our humanity, yours and mine.
Please consider linking (below) to increase the visibility of this effort.
Jay McGinley
Day 134 Darfur Vigil at White House; Day 68 Rescue Darfur Fast (since July 4, 2006)
DARFUR Dying for Heroes (you would find this a helpful resource)
Stand With Darfur-White House II
Please consider linking here to increase the visibility of this effort.

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