Is Kipling onto something that we should know again? Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.
The Free West's Weblog Why we should not interfere in Darfur
Darfur is a mess.
I quote from the website SaveDarfur:
'According to reports by the World Food Program, the United Nations and the Coalition for International Justice, 3.5 million people are now hungry, 2.5 million have been displaced due to violence, and 400,000 people have died in Darfur thus far. The international community is failing to protect civilians or to influence the Sudanese government to do so.
The international community is deeply divided -- perhaps paralyzed -- over what to do next in Darfur. The UN Commission of Inquiry on Darfur described the massive scope of atrocities carried out in the territory, primarily by the government and its allied Janjaweed militias. And the situation on the ground shows a number of negative trends, which have been developing since the last quarter of 2004: deteriorating security; a credible threat of famine; mounting civilian casualties; the ceasefire in shambles; increasing tensions between Sudan and Chad; and new armed movements appearing in Darfur and neighboring states. Chaos and a culture of impunity are taking root in the region.'
Sudan is a member of the UN Human Rights Commission and of all the international Muslim Organizations, an independent nation-state the rights of which we need to respect.
Khartoum does not want UN soldiers in its country. Who are we to impose upon them our military?
Why would the West want to interfere in Darfur? Muslims kill Muslims, Muslims are starving, are ill, die by the thousands, and who should be concerned about this? Infidel whites?
Sudan is not a threat to the West. We can do some business in Khartoum – I have been there once in the early eighties – and support the moderate Sudanese, but Darfur is a matter of the Africans and the Arabs. We can't solve all the problems in the world, don't we?
The Muslims and Africans seem to go their own way without losing any sleep over the plight of the Darfur blacks. I have not seen any mass protest in the Arab-Islamic world over the treatment of the Sudanese blacks. Yes, I have seen mass protests over the cartoons.
Today, the world's media are in uproar because Israel grabbed some terrorists and forced them to undress so they could be catched in underpants - this seems to have insulted the Arabs. But the Arabs don't seem to be insulted by what Muslims are doing to Muslims in Darfur.
400.000 deaths in Sudan is a footnote in the awareness of the media and the Arabs. No Jews involved over there. Not even Bush.
So: if the Africans don't care, if the Muslims don't care, why would we - Christians, Jews, Unbelievers -care?
Why don't we stick to our own concerns and why should we send our soldiers, our money and our supplies to another continent which should be of concern of people closer to the region?
Why can't we leave those blacks alone with their masters in Khartoum?
You have any idea why we cannot not leave those people alone?
Do we believe stronger in humanity and in the sanctity of individual life than Arabs, Africans, Muslims?
Why do we discuss the cruel, terrible fate of the people of Darfur while the terror masters in Khartoum are celebrated by Muslim and Arab leaders?
Are we less inclined to accept injustice, suppression, torture, than the people closer to the Darfurians?
Let us be Realpolitiker. Let us be critical about interventions way beyond our borders.
Who are we to impose our values and way of life upon other people?
Here is one reason...
What was wrong with Kipling's White man's burden?
Take up the White Man's burden--
Have done with childish days--
The lightly proferred laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!