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American Indifference to Darfur

Nat Hentoff's new column in the Village Voice addresses indifference to the genocide of Black Afraicans in Darfur in Sudan.

...the World Health Organization, which is striving mightily—with other humanitarian organizations—to save lives in Darfur, says it will run out of money by the end of this month if more funds don't come in from concerned countries. The United States has been the largest donor.

However strongly a future U.N. Security Council resolution may be worded and accepted by Khartoum, Sudan's National Islamic Front government chronically breaks its agreements. The murdering and raping of black Africans in Darfur will continue unless there is massive world pressure that may well have to go beyond the United Nations and indeed create a coalition of nations that will use force to end what the International Crisis Group's John Prendergast accurately calls the "most unspeakable crime in the world."

Hentoff compares Kerry's response to the lack of response from Bush.

John Kerry, at the National Baptist Convention in New Orleans, in a speech hardly mentioned in the media except notably by Stanley Crouch in the September 13 Daily News, "got a standing ovation by calling on President Bush to take leadership in 'the immediate deployment of an effective international force to disarm militia and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Darfur.' "

Hentoff asks:

Where are the demonstrations in the streets of American cities and towns? Where is the flood of calls, e-mails, and letters to the White House, and to individual members of Congress?

Passion of the Present, the blog devoted to events in Sudan, sets forth ways the blogosphere can raise awareneness of the problem. Here is Amnesty International's action page on Sudan. Go over and see how you can help.

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