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Posted by on May 1, 2006 in At TMV | 1 comment

About That Darfur Rally…

Michael Reynolds attended and wasn’t impressed…

The strange thing, listening to the speeches, and in reading the infrequent signs, was how little idea anyone had about what precisely should be done about Darfur. One speaker would exclude any sense that we should actually do anything other than perhaps pray and beam love rays at people. Then would come someone who’d talk about expeditionary forces. I even heard the word “Marines� spoken favorably from the podium.


If we’re seriously opposed to genocide it seems to me we have to be ready to think very seriously about having the means, and the will, to send troops to shoot some of these evil bastards in the head. As it happens, we’re in the middle of just such a head-shooting venture. However muddled the thinking, however disastrous the planning, however dishonest the sales job, Iraq is in part about taking out a murderous thug who was, without question, the moral equal of any Janjaweed rapist or child killer.

And then this about the US losing the ability to claim the moral high ground and take the thugs out…

Part of the reason I seethe at the Bush administration’s incompetence, is that the underlying notion that the United States has the right to pre-emptively defend itself, and the moral obligation to use its power to get between people like the Janjaweed and their victims, is correct. We have the right to defend ourselves, even if it means striking first, and we have the moral obligation, where possible, to shoot the man who would murder a child. Those ideas have both been damaged almost beyond repair by the arrogant, reckless, swaggering stupidity of this administration.

Sad but true?

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  • liberalhawk

    1. Its a coalition dammit. We had speakers from different POV’s.

    2. Its a grassroots movement, not the state department. There are negotiations going on right now. Do we want a military intervention against Sudans will? Not IF they will accept a UN force in a peace agreement. If we have to intervene against their will, do we want it to be without UN support? Not IF we can get UNSC support. If we move without UN support do we want to use ground troops? Not IF air power will work alone. If we need to use ground troops, do we want to use US forces? Not if we can assemble a force without US ground forces.

    I know there are a lot of folks who seem to want the coalition to call for the Marines to go in. Maybe to spite the antiwar folks, or to somehow add to the Iraq debate. But the Save Darfur rally wasnt about scoring points on Iraq, it was about doing something about Darfur. And for that, given the diplo situation, it wouldnt make sense to lay out a specific strategy.

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