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Friday, December 5, 2008

IS GENOCIDE OKAY AS LONG AS IT ISN'T HAPPENING TO YOU?

I took the text I have below from a previous post of mine (March 22, 2007):

Where There Is A Will There is Always A Way

“We don’t have to wait for some great politician to be our champion.

We ARE the Champion we’ve been waiting for.

Let us Stop Waiting for Someone Else to Make the Difference

Let us STOP “Waiting for the World to Change”.

Get Inspired

By

BEING the INSPIRED

The Sudanese self-appointed, President Omar al-Beshir has an ally, China

who has been in the business of supporting the al-Beshir regime in order to get Sudan’s oil.

The collaboration of the Sudanese government with the Arab Janjaweed have been targeting the Darfuri people - targeting that fits the definition of genocide - for six years this February.

The international community of governments has virtually done nothing affective to show that genocide is unacceptable.

And all genocide needs to thrive -

is what has been happening. No accountability.

Words with no integrity.

Words of care by President Bush have proven to be just words.


You and me.

If WE care – what difference can we make?

Plenty.


Get informed.

Be moral.

Join one of these groups
to be a part of the answer to stopping genocide

www.savedarfur.org

www.genocideintervention.net

www.standnow.org


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We have been called to be human in the most basic way on this subject.

Where there is a will - there is always a way.

And where there is NO will - there is never a way.

This is not so much a religious principle, as it is simply a virtue of character.

We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers.


Picture this:

It is before dawn and you are sleeping.

Without any reason or warning, you wake up to the sound of planes bombing

your house, your neighborhood.

Just then - Janjaweed come in on horseback and camels -

pillaging and violently attacking everyone indiscriminately.

Your house and every house on your street,

in your town are burning to the ground.

You are farmers with livestock

and all your livestock are being stolen.

All of your possessions are being stolen.

You are seeing your father and brothers shot -

right in front of your eyes,

your sister is being raped in front of you.

Everyone is running away while being chased. You are scared and have no one –

you are running alone in the instant madness.

After days and days of walking you come to a barren land

where others are assembled.

You have nothing. They have nothing. But there you are.

With no food, medical help, water, no spare clothes, no facilities.

And now it has been four years that you are living like this.

You have a 4 year old child who has known nothing else...

Born of a rape.

And you wonder why no one seems to care.

This is western Sudan in Darfur and eastern Chad.

And our government and the rest of civilization stands idly by.

The end of my writing, here.

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SCREAM BLOODY MURDER

SEE IT

FIRST AIRED DECEMBER 4, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. USA - Eastern Standard Time

AND

Midnight - 2:00 A.M.

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3:00 A.M. - 5: 00 A.M.

AND CONTINUES TO BE AIRED - SEE MORE TIMES BELOW


The source of the links that I have below:

www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2008/scream.bloody.murder
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CNN Scream Bloody Murder
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WITNESS TO EVIL

The world's most heinous crime
Amanpour: Voices of hope in the face of evil
Polish Jew gave his life defining, fighting genocide
Priest tried to warn of Cambodia's insanity
'Idealist' tried to halt Saddam's Kurdish slaughter
Read once-secret Reagan administration documents on Iraq
'Bombs for peace' after slaughter in Bosnia
As genocide raged, general's pleas for help ignored
'A horror movie and a snuff movie'
They killed their neighbors: genocide's foot soldiers


STORIES OF SURVIVAL

Genocide survivor keeps memory of victims alive
Woman opens heart to man who slaughtered her family
Survivor recalls horrors of Cambodia
Nusreta's story: 'We could see the blood everywhere' Video
Sex slave: 'Every day we were raped'
Color, hope return to war-ravaged city
Buchenwald liberator, American hero dies at 83


LIFE AFTER DEATH

'Killing fields' survivor documents Cambodian genocide
Former Khmer Rouge: 'If you don't do what they say, you die'
From child refugee to reconciliation president of Rwanda
Bone detectives seek genocide answers
Albright, Cohen: Leadership key to preventing genocide

About the Show
CNN's Christiane Amanpour traveled to the world's killing fields to understand the world's indifference, even as courageous voices tried to "Scream Bloody Murder." A worldwide investigation and two-hour documentary, premiering on CNN/US at 9 p.m. ET/PT December 4 and on CNN International at 0200 GMT December 5.

Additional dates and times:
CNN/US: 8 p.m. December 6; 3 a.m. and 8 p.m. December 7; and 3 a.m. December 8 (All times ET)
CNN International: 1000, 1700 December 5; 1200, 2000 December 6; 0100, 0600, 2200 December 7 (All times GMT)




Additional dates and times:
CNN/US: 8 p.m. December 6; 3 a.m. and 8 p.m. December 7; and 3 a.m. December 8 (All times ET)
CNN International: 1000, 1700 December 5; 1200, 2000 December 6; 0100, 0600, 2200 December 7 (All times GMT)

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'Scream Bloody Murder': CNN's Unblinking Look at Genocide

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 4, 2008; Page C03

Offered perhaps as a grim antidote to all the chirpy, cheery holiday specials glutting the airwaves this time of year, "CNN Presents: Scream Bloody Murder," a definitely unflinching history of genocide, premieres tonight on CNN. The network's chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, conducts the class, calling genocide "the world's most feared crime."

Genocide might also be called the unthinkable inevitable, since it is always condemned when discovered and yet continues to recur, wiping out entire populations, entire generations, entire cultures. The word was not invented until 1944, Amanpour says, but of course, there were examples of genocide long before it was identified.

The vilest, most infamous and most organized commission of this ultimate crime was, inarguably, Adolf Hitler's attempt to eliminate all Jews from Europe during World War II. Amanpour says the United States and its allies were aware of the slaughter but "refused" to bomb the death camps or, as many people advocated, destroy the railroad tracks leading to them. A Holocaust survivor says Hitler's anti-Semitic rampage "wasn't a priority" for the Allies -- although after the war, the crime and some of the criminals were dealt with at Nuremberg.

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Elie Wiesel is the world's best-known authority on the Holocaust, but he is also an advocate for other cultures wracked by genocide. He is seen early in the program during a segment on the genocide in Cambodia at the end of the Vietnam War. "Nobody believed us," an anguished priest laments, and Wiesel understands. "Better not to believe," Wiesel says, "because if you believe, you don't sleep nights." The nightmare that the Turks visited upon the Armenians is also covered, though briefly.

Later, Amanpour takes George Herbert Walker Bush and his administration to task for failing to intercede when Saddam Hussein rained terror down on Iraq's own citizens, the Kurds, in the late 1980s. Bush later turned the proverbial blind eye to mass murder in Bosnia, Amanpour says, with the president growling at a news conference that "we are not going to get bogged down in some guerrilla warfare."

Although Bush ignored the slaughter of the Kurds, he grabbed a saber and began rattling it when Saddam invaded Kuwait -- and thus threatened the flow of oil and wealth out of the Mideast. Now that was going too far! Oil-rich Kuwait plucked at Bush's heartstrings as the dying Kurds had not: "We're dealing with Hitler revisited," he declared, adding one of his trademark threats, "This will not stand."

But Amanpour is just as hard on Bill Clinton for his response to Rwanda when the military was found to have murdered "hundreds of thousands" of men, women and children there. The Clinton administration's policy was "a failure," Amanpour says, and she includes a scene from a Clinton news conference in which he treats one of her accusations snidely: "There have been no 'constant flip-flops,' Madame," he huffs. His indignation seems false and hollow now.

CNN is celebrating 25 years of reports by star reporter Amanpour, although to attach a documentary on genocide to anything resembling a "celebration" is not very good form. Nor is it encouraging to hear Amanpour implicitly praising herself and her own courage when dealing with genocide of recent years: "Day after day, I reported the story," she says of one crisis -- and later, she notes of the shelling of Sarajevo, "I was there, reporting on the scene."

The use of a dramatic musical score, though restrained, comes across as another unnecessary intrusion; pictures as dramatic as those showing the victims of genocide don't need any underscoring or audio hype.

Amanpour ends the program with a look at the United Nations and its role in preventing and condemning genocide throughout the world, a role she contends the organization has seldom embraced with zeal. In fact, Amanpour says, "the United Nations is powerless to force its members to act even in the face of mass murder." The special is timed to the upcoming 60th anniversary of the U.N. convention on genocide.

Some may find the program tough to take at holiday time, but in fact it seems especially powerful during a season in which "peace on Earth" and "good will toward men" are being extolled from street corners.

"Scream Bloody Murder" isn't subtle, but then the subject rather precludes subtlety -- and instead demands the kind of doggedly powerful approach that Amanpour brings to it.

CNN Presents: Scream Bloody Murder (two hours) airs tonight at 9 on CNN.

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Samantha Power speaks of responsibility regarding genocide
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Join one of these groups to be a part of the answer to stopping genocide
www.savedarfur.org

www.genocideintervention.net

www.standnow.org


1-800-GENOCIDE

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Blowin' in the Wind sung by Odetta
RIP Odetta- who graced this earth
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Another Blowin' in the Wind - Odetta with Liam Clancy

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We have a moral obligation in this country to speak out against our government's actions if we believe in our hearts that something is wrong or if our government needs to take a stand when it refuses to. That is who we should be and what we should have the courage to live out. I believe - it's an unspoken creed of decency.

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1 Comments:

At December 5, 2008 at 4:43:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might find this organization special as well. They are recording voices of survivors in Rwanda to educate the world about the human beings who experience genocide when the world turns away.

www.VoicesOfRwanda.org

 

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