Sunday, September 10, 2006

McCain and Dole on Darfur

Senator John McCain and former senator Bob Dole have joined together in a Washington Post op-ed today to urge action to prevent an imminent catastrophe in Darfur. They write:

As with Srebrenica in 1995, the potential for further mass killing in Darfur today is plain for all to see. All the warnings have been issued, including one from the United Nations that the coming weeks may see "a man-made catastrophe of an unprecedented scale." What remains unclear is only whether the world has the will to impose an outcome on Sudan different from that which unfolded so tragically in Bosnia. Make no mistake: At some point we will step in to help victims in Darfur and police an eventual settlement. The question is whether the United States and other nations will act now to prevent a tragedy, or merely express sorrow and act later to deal with its aftermath.

As Samantha Power has noted, "Genocide has occurred so often and so uncontested in the last fifty years that an epithet more apt in describing recent events than the oft-chanted 'Never Again' is in fact 'Again and Again.'"

No one can say they didn't know what was happening this time.