so we're here arguing about Iraq, Iran and the election, and of course these are all well and important. but a GENOCIDE is happening in Darfur. forgive me for reaching here, but i think a government that commits genocide against its own people is a terrorist regime, because it TERRORIZES innocent people, just like your regular ol mass murderer in beslan, baghdad, bali or nyc. sadly, though we who serve on aircraft carriers are in the business of dropping warheads on bad guy's foreheads, we most likely will not get the chance to do so to protect the survivors in Darfur and to avenge those who have been slaughtered. however, there is still a lot we as human beings, as americans (or canadians, brits, indians, japanese, etc etc), as christians (or muslims, jews, athiests, etc etc) can do to help those who are being EXTERMINATED. however, i remember the wise words of colin powell's wife, alma... "if you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." so here's a few reminders of what's happening. 6,000-10,000 people are dying in refugee camps every month http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20040913_1309.html Chemical weapons may be being utilized by Sudan and Syria to murder more Darfur residents. http://www.washtimes.com/world/20040916-102058-3651r.htm Kofi Annan grew a pair of balls and stood up to the Sudanese and Chinese for a brief moment in supporting the passage of the US-sponsored resolution. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3664348.stm Cruel, slow starvation is still happening as there is still a major shortfall in the amount of aid getting to survivors. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3922461.stm China is supporting genocide, slavery and oppression in Sudan in order to get its oil (and is backed up by Pakistan and Egypt in fighting the brave US effort to force the UN into getting off its ass and doing something) http://www.sudantribune.com/article.php3?id_article=5441 Britain's conservatives are pressing for PM Blair to do more, join the US in calling it a genocide http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3499836 now how to help? get mad and get out and do something Amnesty International has labeled Sept.21st as the day of action on Darfur. Have a protest, a religious service, a candlelight vigil, write an op-ed or letter, make some phone calls, please get out and do something. http://www.amnestyusa.org/countries/sudan/activism.html donate money this site will help you discover how to help in the best manner you see fit financially http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm/bay/content.view/catid/38/cpid/218.htm pray! and lastly, even though the genocide may draw down eventually, its effects will linger for a long time, tragically so in the great majority of cases. here's an example.