Last week I asked “Why is it that many war critics seem to believe the U.S. is capable of addressing the conflict and genocide in Darfur, but that they are not capable of achieving victory in Iraq?” Orrin Johnson is asking some questions about the different standards for U.S. engagement in Iraq and Darfur and he is answering some, too.(Link via Michelle Malkin).
Why are the Christians in Darfur more worthy of being saved than the Kurds or Shi’ites were under Saddam’s Iraq? Why is the sectarian violence (some could say civil war) in the Sudan worthy of sending American troops to battle al Qaeda, IEDs, and an “endless war” in a country without any real government, when at the same time, it is a moral imperative that we guarantee the same deadly results in Iraq by withdrawing immediately?
Because of the fact that Russia, France, India, and China buy substantial supplies of their oil from the same Sudanese government which is happily allowing the killings to continue (much as those governments prevented action against Saddam for the same reasons), why do they imagine the UN will do anything? And since it’s by now obvious that these three permanent vetoes will prevent any kind of action in the Sudan, does this “Crisis of Conscience” require that we go in unilaterally? Or is intervention only morally justified if we can get a corrupt international debating club to sign off on it?
SaveDarfur.org, the organization the banner asks us to donate to, has four goals:
* Strengthen the understaffed and overwhelmed African Union peackeeping force already in Darfur.
* Push for the deployment of a strong UN peacekeeping force.
* Increase humanitarian aid and ensure access for aid delivery.
* Establish a no-fly zone.
How are these things any different than what we have tried and are trying to do in Iraq? How will they NOT result in US soldiers being killed, or in “distracting” us from the “real” war on terror? Wouldn’t we be invading a sovereign nation that isn’t a threat to us? There’s no WMDs there! Wouldn’t we just recruit more terrorists who can claim we’re oppressing the Muslims because we are intervening on behalf of the Christians? Wouldn’t we open ourselves up to accusations that we’re only there to take the oil for ourselves? What’s SaveDarfur.org’s exit strategy? If Bush is an incompetent buffoon who only makes things worse for the locals by his military interventions, why are they demanding he lead the charge? Are these people Chickenhawks for advocating Darfur intervention without volunteering to go there themselves?
I would love to intervene in the Sudan. I wish we had the military to do it. Unfortunately, our military is too small to solve every world problem at once. So how about we finish solidifying our victories for freedom and human rights against murderous oppressors where we already are first? Don’t think success in Iraq will be able to be ignored by the Sudanese thugs who know they’re next on the radar… Read it all.
Mark Steyn has his own inimitable take, in his observations on the SOTU speech.
The only energy displayed by Nancy Pelosi was the spectacular leap to her feet within a nano-second of the president mentioning Darfur. Up went Madam Speaker and the entire Democratic caucus like enthusiastic loons on a gameshow. Darfur! We’re all in favor of Darfur. People are being murdered! Hundreds of thousands! We oughtta do something! Like, er, jump up and down when it’s mentioned in a speech. And, er, call for the international community to mobilize. Maybe one of those leathery old ’60s rockers could organize an all-star concert or something. If Darfur were indeed a game show, the Sudanese would quickly discover it’s one of those ones where you come on down to discover you’ve missed out on all the big prizes but you’re not going away empty-handed: No, sir, here’s your very own SAVE DARFUR! T-shirt autographed by Nancy Pelosi and George Clooney.
Darfur is an apt symbol of early 21st century liberalism: What matters is that you urge action rather than take any. On Iraq, meanwhile, the president declared: “Let us find our resolve, and turn events toward victory.” And the Dems sat on their hands.