In re: We forgot.

Following the holocaust the world said ‘never again’ and we believed it.  That is until genocide repeated itself again and again, with the world often doing nothing or waiting and waiting.  The UN was at the center of the attempt of the post world war international regime that was supposed to allow collective action to combat human rights abuses and the atrocities of the first half of our previous century.

Yet the 90’s and now the first 7 years of our current century have had genocide occur while the world is more able to watch and know then ever before.  As the UN debated (and China blocked) countless resolutions over the past 4 years people in western Sudan and now eastern Chad have continued to be attacked, killed, raped and displaced in what is most clearly only the newest, but not only genocide of late.  Unlike Rwanda  where many said they didn’t know what has been going on, we know what is going on in Sudan and yet our governments are only half heartedly working to get involved.  Pressure and awareness has grown including mass rallies in Washington and pressure on China (a boycott of the Olympics in 2008 was likely the most powerful weapon) to stop blocking the UN.

If your sitting at home (as I am, comfortable, in my home right now despite the cold day outside) its sometimes hard to bring to the front of your consciousness the atrocities that are going on not that far away.  If you (like me) were some or are somewhat ignorant about more specifics of the situation or more specifically how the UN and the international community has failed the people of Darfur I implore you to watch an amazing Frontline documentary On Our Watch that can be seen online or possibly as a replay on your PBS station.

  The world vowed “never again” after the genocide in Rwanda and the atrocities in Srebrenica, Bosnia. Then came Darfur. Over the past four years, at least 200,000 people have been killed, 2.5 million driven from their homes, and mass rape has been used as a weapon in a brutal campaign supported by the Sudanese government. In On Our Watch, FRONTLINE asks why the United Nations and its members once again failed to stop the slaughter

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