Monday, June 04, 2007

Save Darfur?

My church has become aware of the Darfur problem. We discuss the situation in church and in Bible Studies, and we take up collections to help the people of Darfur. Nice, huh?

Never is it mentioned that the Sudanese genocide has been going on for twenty-four years, not just the four years that the media has been covering it. Never is it mentioned that over 2 million black Christians and animists have been killed in Sudan. Never is it mentioned that the Arab government of Sudan is using the Arab Janjaweed militias to systematically kill and rape millions of black people. Never is it mentioned that when the Arab Muslim establisment ran out of Christians and animists to kill they set to work killing the black Sufi Muslims, and that it was only when the government began killing Muslims that the media began covering the situation in earnest.

No my Church would never mention these facts, because it would mean condemning Islam explicitly for its evil melding of religion and politics.

Jeez Pastorius, why don't you just go to a different church? Well, you know what? I've been to other churches and I don't know of any that discuss such issues openly and honestly.

Michael Ledeen has a blogpost up where he explains how easy it would, in fact, be to take care of the situation in the Sudan:

Darfur is a catastrophe that could and should be solved in an hour or
so. The killers largely operate from helicopters and small fixed wing aircraft.
We could destroy them all in an hour or so. But that would be "wrong," because
it would violate the current hymnal.

Go tell the victims. Explain why sanctions are better, because it
makes the Western politicians feel pious. Even though black Africans are being

And while you're at it, tell the starving people of Zimbabwe why
their killer and oppressor, Robert Mugabe, is left untouched by the entire
outside world. Explain why St Nelson Mandela doesn't give a damn, while you're
at it.

The Middle East is tough. These African horrors are relatively easy
to fix. But nobody does a damn thing except talk about sanctions...and then
largely fail to enact and/or enforce them.
When did Western leaders become
vulgar Marxists? These evils do not have economic causes and are unlikely to be
defeated by economic means (remember the Iraqi sanctions?). They have political
causes and can be defeated by superior fire power.

Somebody? Anybody?

Mark Steyn comments on this culture of pacifistic complicity:

Recently I interviewed Don Cheadle, who starred in that marvelous film
Hotel Rwanda a year or two back. He's now written a book about Darfur. Very nice
fellow. But he doesn't seem to appreciate that the big lesson of Rwanda is that
the thugs understand very clearly that whenever the west starts working through
the UN it sends the message: We're not serious. Indeed, we're so unserious we're
going to "solve" this problem through a process which gives mass murderers the
one thing you need if you want to kill hundreds of thousands of people -

So Cheadle's book proposes all kinds of things you the citizen can do
for Darfur - write your Congressman, send a letter to the local paper, etc.
There's a lot of it about. A week or two back, the following caught my

"On Sunday, April 29, Salt Lake Saves Darfur invites the greater
Salt Lake community of compassion to join with us as we honor the fallen and
suffering Darfuris in a day of films, discussion and dance with a Sudanese dance

Very nice. But wouldn't it make more sense to try the Ledeen solution
and save the Sudanese dance troupe for the post-victory party? "Salt Lake Saves
Darfur" looks like doing wonders for "the greater Salt Lake community of
compassion" but rather less for the people of Darfur. There is a grotesque
narcissism in the determination of the Save Darfur campaign to embrace every
strategy except the one that would actually save Darfur while there's anyone
still left to save. The reality seems to be that these groups prefer to go the
ineffectual dance-troupe route because it makes them - the "community of
compassion" - the focus of things.

Pat Santy expresses my feeling perfectly, saying she is moved to nausea:

Here's what I think of the "community of compassion": they are so
wrapped up in their communal mental masturbation--which brings them pleasure,
and reinforces in their mind what wonderful, caring people they are--that they
lack appreciation for the real world outside their feelings. They mean well. In
fact, they care so much, it postively makes me puke.

Steyn is absolutely correct. This is a pure and absolutely grotesque
narcissism whose pretentious and sanctimonious presentation attempts to disguise
its self-serving origins.