Monday, June 12, 2006

What Would Be Different . . .

I’m often asked, “What would be different if Democrats were in control?”

Well, I could go on for a long time about that, but let me just point out one example here. I believe if Democrats were in charge that the genocide in Darfur would not be happening (to the degree that it is, if at all). I believe the passion, and the vigor that Democrats have shown, support the theory that the United States would have done more this point to stop the atrocities.

As Clarence Lusane states in his editorial, “The US response to Darfur has been one of immoral neglect.” He does note the fact that, “the United States has contributed $188 million to the U.N. World Food Program to help feed the people of Darfur.” Mr. Lusane also notes that, “any peace talks between the Bush administration and Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Ahmed al-Bashir's murderous regime have done little to stop the torture, rape and killing of innocent Sudanese people.”

If the Democrats were in charge, I believe they would be doing more. They would be doing the things that Mr. Lusane is calling upon the Bush Administration to do:

  1. Pressure the Sudanese government to disarm the Janjaweed. The Janjaweed have killed between an estimated 200,000 and 400,000 over the last three years, and displaced millions.
  2. Back stronger economic sanctions.
  3. Increase support for the valiant but inadequate efforts of the African Union and support a serious effort to construct an international peacekeeping force that can get the job done.

To show where they stand on this issue, seven Democratic Members of the House of Representatives were arrested at the Embassy of Sudan, while protesting conditions in Dafur. This wasn’t the first time, as the month prior, five other Democrat’s were arrested in front of the embassy. If twelve people are willing to get arrested for something they believe in, then twelve people would be willing to make sure that our country plays a greater role in ending the genocide in Darfur.

Not that we should make this the number one issue, but this is where we should challenge the Bush Administration. Evangelical’s have been urging the President to do more, and while Evangelical’s might not support Democrats in even modest numbers, this would give them another reason to stay home.

Darfur is a weak spot for the Republicans. When we look back, people will ask, why didn’t we do more? Democrat’s should be asking why aren’t doing more now?

Kosher Ham

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