Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Meanwhile, in the outside world...

As our television media continue their wall-to-wall coverage of Michael Jackson and Terri Schiavo, a British parliamentary committee reports today that up to 300,000 people have died in a conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, with no end in sight.

The Bush administration, which withdrew the United States in 2002 from the treaty creating the International Criminal Court, stubbornly refuses to allow Darfur war criminals to be tried before the ICC. Bush instead has called for a special tribunal to hear the Darfur cases, which seems like a duplicative waste of resources when a permanent international tribunal is already available.

The world stood idly by in the 1990s as more than 800,000 Rwandans died in atrocious fashion. Now, a decade later, history is repeating itself in Darfur. Have we learned from our mistakes, or are we tragically destined to repeat them?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll go with "tragically destined to repeat them".

8:27 AM  

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