Tuesday, August 29, 2006

End Genocide in Darfur (Sen. John Edwards)

Below is a petition circulated by Senator (and former Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate) John Edwards. It asks for something concrete: "Urge President Bush to lead the effort to create a NATO force to stop the genocide in Darfur now."

For a similar call by Senators Barack Obama & Sam Brownback, see HERE. Members of the US Senate who are willing to take some initiative to try to end this atrocity need and deserve support. Please sign this petition. and forward it to others.

--Jeff Weintraub
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End Genocide in Darfur

Urge President Bush to lead the effort to create a NATO force to stop the genocide in Darfur now.

U.N. troops are on their way, but will take at least five more months to arrive in Darfur. NATO forces -- if the U.S. stepped up to moral leadership -- could end the conflict immediately.

[JW: Well, probably not immediately. And I'm afraid the Europeans need to show a little "moral leadership"--or just elementary moral decency--too, as Howard Dean eloquently pointed out as far back as 2004. But the involvement of NATO forces is almost certainly a crucial requirement for serious action to stop the Darfur genocide. To find out why, see HERE. To sign the petition, go HERE.]

Dear President Bush:

You said that genocide would not happen on your watch. Please make good on that promise and lead the effort to create a NATO force to stop the genocide in Darfur.

A militia group backed by the Sudanese government has slaughtered an estimated 400,000 people and driven 2.5 million people from their homes since 2003. U.N. troops are on their way, but will take five more months to arrive in Darfur. NATO forces -- if the U.S. stepped up to moral leadership -- could end the conflict immediately.

America's military is the finest fighting force in the world. The U.S. should apply its unique military assets -- our airlift capabilities, logistical support and intelligence operations -- to aid NATO peacekeeping in Darfur.

The time to act is now. Thank you.

Sincerely,

[your name]

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[To sign the petition, go HERE --JW.]

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