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April 25, 2006


Every year, I write a solemn little essay, and post a link to my father’s tale. Everyone nods their heads solemnly and intones, “Never again!” … Before returning to whatever it was that they were doing.

It’s a safe bet, in that History never repeats itself in precisely the same way.

But does it mean any more than that? The slaughter in Darfur was raging a year ago, and it continues unabated today. What have we done to make good on our promise? What will we do?

Update (5/1/2006):

Oh, and here’s something to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. A recently unearthed recording of the first Shabbat service after the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, April 20th 1945: the inmates sing Hatikva.
Posted by distler at April 25, 2006 8:34 AM

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Re: Remember

To a great extent, the United States has deprived itself of the resources to intervene by invading Iraq.

Posted by: Greg Kuperberg on April 25, 2006 9:18 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Remember

I dont think theres many people on either side of the aisle who aren’t appaled by Darfur and wouldn’t be pro some sort of intervention.

Personally I place the blame on the UN first and foremost. They should have been all over this from day one, and peacekeeping teams should have been established, authorized and mobilized to go within the first three months.

But ultimately it does come back to the US, as the worlds only superpower, and its in my opinion the biggest negative on the entire Bush administration that such a thing could happen on their watch.

Posted by: haelfix on April 26, 2006 2:00 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Remember

In the thirties people tried to rely unsuccessfully though on the League of Nation, today one tries to galvanize UN into actions. However current awful ethnic conflicts in Africa have been passing almost unnoticed. It looks like noone would ever pay any attention to them, but mass media do not allow this to happen. Consequently most of developed nations are acting as though they are confronting with embarrassment rather than with crisis that should be resolved.

Posted by: on April 26, 2006 9:21 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

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