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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 08:24 AM
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Must Read from Nicholas Kristof on Darfur
He Rang the Alarm on Darfur
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

The New York Times
July 16, 2007

Some day an American president will visit a genocide museum in Darfur and repeat the standard refrain: If only we had known ...

But that excuse will ring hollow, because there was a whistle-blower in the heart of the Bush administration. Roger Winter, whom President Bush had appointed in 2001 to a senior post in the U.S. Agency for International Development, frantically tried to ring alarm bells but instead the administration turned away.

If there was a hero within the U.S. government on Darfur, it was Mr. Winter. But it was doubly frustrating for him because in 1994 he had the same experience during the Clinton administration, when he was running a refugee organization and desperately trying to galvanize officials to respond to the Rwandan genocide.

In outrage at Bill Clintons inaction during the Rwandan slaughter, Mr. Winter abandoned the Democratic Party and became a Republican.

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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:01 AM
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1. Any comment from Mr. Winter
as to why last year's peace talks failed and why there are NOW no less than 18 different rebel factions?

Any word on who might be stepping up their proxies?

Just curious...what do people concerned about a Sudan think about the other Muslim resource-rich country where half an million have been killed and 4 million have been made into refugees?

Funny how people like Winter's or Kristof think they can do something about Darfur, when they can't even get an honest answer out of their own criminal government.
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