Save Darfur

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    the ancient aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk survived a typhoon earlier this week and is ready to arrive for a liberty port call on the Pacific island of Guam, (a US territory for any unfamiliar with it). internet is up for this e-4 and while time is limited, i'd love to get any updates anyone has on good news (especially olympic news) out of iraq or just how life is in the states... you can send it to beavere@kitty-hawk.navy.mil.

    now when i departed the board in mid-july for the fun of summer deployment, darfur was still burning with the fires of hatred and oppression. a month later, it still is and 1,000 innocent people are perishing every day there. the sudanese government is mixing the militias that has commited the majority of the genocide into the regular sudanese army. a few african nations are sending peace monitors in numbers like 100-200,which is good and great but the killing is still continuing, people are still starving to death, women and young girls are still being gang raped and villages are still being razed to the ground to prevent the return of the inhabitants.

    so i've been out to sea, unable to do nearly as much as i used to for the people of darfur in raising awareness about their situation. the US congress passed concurrent resolutions calling what's happened a genocide and it seems that momentous act of intelligence by politicians has been ignored by the media and the government as a whole.

    i am glad that i now see the EU and many of its members for what they are: cowards unable to face evil in the eye and take action, despite vast, lengthy rhetoric from their leadership about the evils of America and human rights. waffling on iran, waffling on sudan, waffling on russia, waffling on china, where does it stop?

    but really darfur and the horrific, blood-soaked corners of the world that will follow it in the near future are proof of one thing: terrorism is not just a fundamentalist with a car bomb or a jet plane, not just a political enemy of the state with a truck bomb or anthrax... terrorism can also be leaders (and political groups in power) that decide to terrorize certain members of their populations for whatever nefarious reasons and motivations they have. burma, uzbekistan, sudan, zimbabwe, iran, etc etc. will we stop these mass murderers or will we allow fear and uncertainity to win the day? what good is a free iraq or iran when genocide is happening in sudan, when drug lords are taking over columbia, when a neo-facist is consolidating power in zimbabwe and when china's communists are killing freedom and justice?

    until next time (probably when we pull back into yokosuka sometime in the autumn)

    btw if you'd like to help darfur and stand up for justice and freedom: here's how....

    The Save Darfur Coalition has identified Wednesday, August 25, 2004 as Sudan: Day of Conscience. On that day, communities across North America are urged to engage in interfaith activities to raise public awareness about the horrific situation in Darfur and to demand that the international community take immediate and decisive action to stop the killing, the rape, and the destruction of villages, and to assure that humanitarian relief reaches all those in need. Of course, if it is not feasible to hold such activities on August 25, please schedule them on a date that works best for your community. Call your clergy now!

    (from savedarfur.org .... a lot of great resources on that site)
     
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    There is not a word in your post I disagree with.
     
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    Everytime a tyrant says he'll do whatever, the UN says, "Ok." Then when the promise is broken, they are like shocked! 60 years of these.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sudan/story/0,14658,1287074,00.html

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    :rolleyes:

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    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cg...ction_id=268448413&slug=sudan20&date=20040820

     
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    How long before they change their mind?

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    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/serv.../20040823/SUDANTALKS23/TPInternational/Africa


     

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