Saturday, November 18

Is There Help for Darfur?

& The Associated Press
I must pay respect to all of the U.S. military men and women who are in Iraq fighting in the so-called war on terror. I say so-called, because the President's premise for invading the country and toppling Saddam Hussein's regime proved to be groundless. There never were any weapons of mass destruction, and we all know that. Furthermore, if Osama Bin-Laden was responsible for the September 11th attacks, shouldn't the U.S. be focused on capturing him? Of course now that nearly 3,000 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq, and there's no end in sight to the violence, a troop withdrawal would only intensify the problems.

So while the U.S. is engaged in this senseless war, very little has been done to prevent the genocide that's been occurring in Sudan since 2003. 200,000 people have been killed by the government supported Arab militias called the Janjaweed. 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes, and even though the Sudanese government and one of the rebel groups signed a peace agreement back in May, the violence is increasing. Humanitarian aid groups are crumbling because of the violence. The most recent development occurred on Thursday when the U.N., Sudanese envoys, and the AU reached an agreement for a mixed peacekeeping force to be deployed with hopes that some stability could be returned to Darfur.

The U.N.'s top humanitarian official says the militias are committing acts of "inexplicable terror" on civilians, including children. So somebody please tell me... Why hasn't a war on terror been declared against those groups?


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