Nicholas Kristof tar opp folkemordet i Darfur i New York Times. Han refererer en amerikansk observatør som har reist rundt i Darfur-provinsen og bekrefter at det som skjer er folkemord. FN har på sin side sagt det ikke kan kalles folkemord. Ettertiden vil kanskje bedømme FNs og Vestens svik i Darfur som enda mer grovt og skammelig enn i Rwanda.
At one level, I blame President Bush – and, even more, the leaders of European, Arab and African nations – for their passivity. But if our leaders are acquiescing in genocide, that’s because we citizens are passive, too. If American voters cared about Darfur’s genocide as much as about, say, the Michael Jackson trial, then our political system would respond. One useful step would be the passage of the Darfur Accountability Act, to be introduced today by Senators Jon Corzine and Sam Brownback. The legislation calls for such desperately needed actions as expanding the African Union force and establishing a military no-fly zone to stop Sudan from bombing civilians.
As Martin Luther King Jr. put it: «Man’s inhumanity to man is not only perpetrated by the vitriolic actions of those who are bad. It is also perpetrated by the vitiating inaction of those who are good.»
Mr. Steidle, a 28-year-old former Marine captain, was one of just three American military advisers for the African Union monitoring team in Darfur – and he is bursting with frustration.»Every single day you go out to see another burned village, and more dead bodies,» he said. «And the children – you see 6-month-old babies that have been shot, and 3-year-old kids with their faces smashed in with rifle butts. And you just have to stand there and write your reports.»
Soldatene som er sendt for å overvåke situasjonen, kan ikke stanse nedslaktningen av sivile eller brenningen av landsbyer fordi de ikke er mange nok eller godt nok utstyrt. Når den sudanesiske regjeringen sender styrkene ut for å bombe eller pepre landsbyer i Darfur, stenger myndighetene mobilnettet for at ingen kan ringe ut advarsler. Massakrene og ødeleggelsene er systematiske. Vesten foretar seg ingenting ut over å observere, og sende nødhjelp.
«It’s a systematic cleansing of peoples by the Arab chiefs there. And when you talk to them, that’s what they tell you. They’re very blunt about it. One day we met a janjaweed leader and he said, ‘Unless you get back four camels that were stolen in 2003, then we’re going to go to these four villages and burn the villages, rape the women, kill everyone.’ And they did.»