“Today we know what is right, and today we know what is wrong. The slaughter of innocents is wrong. Two million people driven from their homes is wrong. Women gang raped while gathering firewood is wrong. And silence, acquiescence and paralysis in the face of genocide is wrong.” – Senator Barack Obama, speaking at a Save Darfur rally in July, 2006.
During last month’s Emergency Congressional Hearing on the ongoing genocide in the Nuba Mountains, all of the attending members of Congress expressed outrage at the inability of the Obama administration to make a distinction between the perpetrators and the victims of genocide in Sudan.
Earlier this week, I read with dismay the declaration by U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, Ambassador Princeton Lyman, that the U.S. Government will not support a “no-fly zone” in Sudan to protect innocent civilians who are being bombed by their own government simply because they are indigenous black Africans.