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It is time for action; all the awareness-raising in the world is not saving lives. It is time for action that results in protection of the innocent from brutal raids by the Janjaweed militias.

The so-called "Peace Treaty" signed last year did not make any change in the situation on the ground. All it did was give an excuse to Bush and other world leaders to continue to let the genocide continue.

Ole Marindahl

Washington, , DC

Mar 9 2007 - 7:58pm

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it is not obvious but the sudan has been an issue since the early 70's when the 3rd larges oil field in the world was discovered there. the sudan has had an internal policy of limiting foreign oil interests. darfur sit on part of this oil field. the south of sudan sits on the oil field.

khartoum's main concession that ended the last "civil war" was more oil revenues for the south.

the world has never cared for africa unless there was something of value that could be taken from her.

if the world cared about aids in africa, why would they donate money for medicines that can only be bought from specific pharmaceutical corps?why would the u.s. initiate plans for africon?

why is it so important to build a pipeline across liberia [why is it so important to build one across afghanistan?)?

why are the gold, diamonds & uranium so much more important than the people of south africa, many still living in the tin shacks they built when p.w. botha was prime minister?

the "wars in sudan" only distract from the bigger picture:
- stalling china's economy by limiting their global access to oil resources.
- establish non-african control of african natural resources in an continuing effort to wrestle oil market dominance from opec [combine this with the application of good ole divide & conquer techniques, first in iraq and coming soon to iran.

if there was nothing to gain, the sudan and the rest of africa would be ignored like the bosnian conflict and the rwandan genocide.

besides, if we are true believers of democracy, why aren't we encouraging negotiations for fair pricing of these resources on the open market rather than falling for the governmental/media hype that instills conflict over control of these resources?

the people of the sudan, africa, the middle east, asia are not the buffoons depicted in stylized hollywood stereotypes. they are people with wants, needs & desires like anyone else in the world. they, like anyone else, want their own independence to achieve their own interpretation of 'the right to life, liberty & the persuit of hapiness'. what's the matter here, they need our non-african guidance & approval to govern their countries? their lives?

i know it's not much to get excited about here in the u.s. but there are plenty of hungry, homeless, abused, neglected and forgotten right around the corner, just across the track, down on the bayous.

Yusuf Guyot

Los Angeles, CA

Mar 2 2007 - 3:17pm