America The Secure?

Back in 2007, presidential hopeful Barack Obama made a promise that as President of the United States he would never "turn a blind eye on slaughter." Indeed, this is the one promise no leader of the free world should ever fail to make and should never ever break. Candidate Obama clearly made it, then, as President, he repeatedly broke it. History will judge. This is not simply a stain on his legacy, this is a stain on his sense of humanity and honor. It is also a stain on ours for our failure to get him to act. History will not be kind to us as well. History cares little for our intentions.
Back in 2007, presidential hopeful Barack Obama made a promise that as President of the United States he would never “turn a blind eye on slaughter.” Indeed, this is the one promise no leader of the free world should ever fail to make and should never ever break. Candidate Obama clearly made it, then, as President, he repeatedly broke it. History will judge. This is not simply a stain on his legacy, this is a stain on his sense of humanity and honor. It is also a stain on ours for our failure to get him to act. History will not be kind to us as well. History cares little for our intentions.

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]any of the supporters of the Obama Doctrine are appalled by what is clearly a cynical policy of fear-mongering by the right, one that is more concerned with galvanizing the power-base than it is with explain the facts of the world we live into them. But, the supporters argue, while the world might indeed be going through a turbulent and violent phase right now, America is actually quite safe.

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Obama wanted U.S. action in Darfur. Why not in Syria?

Fred Hiatt: Obama wanted U.S. action in Darfur. Why not in Syria? – The Washington Post.

Why not indeed? Were they being dishonest then? Or are they being dishonest now? What goes on in their minds these days, I wonder, as they watch the unfolding mayhem in Syria? Do they feel guilty? Do they feel ashamed? Or do they feel somehow justified somehow, through some twisted bit of logic disguised as realpolitik, in their decision to enter into a business deal with Assad over his chemical program, and Iran over its nuclear one, even as both continue with their sectarian genocidal venture in Syria? Do they feel anything at all?

Conflict Watch, July 27, 2006

 

First posted on my short-lived blog Tharwalizations. 

Somalia

Countdown for another regional disaster is currently taking place. Both Ethiopia and the Somali Sharia militias are arming themselves and a showdown seems to be looming. Eritrea is playing its part in an attempted pay back at Ethiopia over their previous entanglements not too long ago. Continue reading “Conflict Watch, July 27, 2006”

Darfur – Roots of Conflict and the Role of the Arab and the International Community

A Tharwa Project Statement on Darfur

The unfolding humanitarian crisis in Darfur cannot be simply attributed to a conflict over scarce resources, although this is definitely an important factor in this regard.

Indeed, there is a history in the Sudan, and many other parts of Africa, of encroachment by nomadic tribes on lands owned by farmers whenever draught conditions prevailed. This seems to have been the initial catalyst for the current crisis in Darfur, but it is definitely not the reason why it has assumed such major humanitarian proportions.   Continue reading “Darfur – Roots of Conflict and the Role of the Arab and the International Community”