Thursday, February 09, 2006
The 6th Commandment
While attending church last Sunday I noticed a post card campaign addressed to President Bush (why not addressed to the United Nations or the African Union, http://www.africa-union.org/, leadership??) in the church bulletin entitled, "Save Darfur Coalition", which if you don't know is a region of Sudan experiencing a modern day genocide. An overview of the current situation is excerpted below:
History of the ConflictOpen warfare erupted in Darfur in early 2003 when the two loosely allied rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), attacked military installations. In response, "Janjaweed" militias received government support to clear civilians from areas considered disloyal to the Sudanese government.
The sad reality is that the people of Darfur are being treated like the people of Rwanda who were slaughtered in that nation's Hutu vs. Tutsi civil war. Even worse this conflict is a religious one of Muslims vs. Christians with the Christians being "displaced" (killed) in the process. Given my religious beliefs, my love of freedom, and my promotion of open markets for goods, services, and people this genocide is completely tragic but also shows how governments do NOT help people -- governments tend to help the "tribe" that supports them as evidenced by the "success" of the Janajweed militias who are quasi-government employees.