Only last week, Jimmy Carter got into a shouting match with his government security detail when they wouldn’t let him go where he wanted in Dafur. It seemed at the time he didn’t understand the guard wasn’t acting on his own, but under orders of the government.
So now he serves up some propaganda for the dictatorial regime by declaring “There is a legal definition of genocide and Darfur does not meet that legal standard. The atrocities were horrible but I don’t think it qualifies to be called genocide.” Ken McCracken has more at Say Anything, including a detailed map of the region and the relevant text from the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
Muslim militias, often with evident government aid, have been destroying villages, murdering, raping, and “ethnically cleansing” large sections of the area of non-Muslim tribesmen. 200,000 have been killed or died as a result, and the refugee camps are teeming with those who fled their homes. Attempting to downgrade this catastrophe is unconscionable.
Jimmy Carter continues to demonstrate his remarkable (for a former American President) preference for dictators over their victims.