According to Michael Clough genocide is not what’s going on in Darfur. He may be right, I don’t know but his opinion piece starts out like this:
The debate about what to do in Darfur — and the use of anti-genocide rhetoric to arouse public concern — has only deepened my misgivings about the way the United States responds to African crises.
The rest of the piece talks of the UN and their response. Colin Powell’s visit and what he found, the definition of genocide and how this is terrible but it isn’t genocide and if we’d call it what it is, then it would be over.
No talk of what the US response should be or should have been in 2003 right as we were going to war in Iraq. No discussion of what the UN should do, or should have done all along. No discussion of what Arabs should do, or should have done. Frankly this guy
(By Michael Clough, From 1987 until 1996, MICHAEL CLOUGH was director of the Africa program at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of “Free at Last? United States Policy Toward Africa and the End of the Co May 14, 2006)
should be a frigging expert, but drivel like this would have gotten me a D in high school English class. You posit the position, you provide proof for that position or disproof then go back and re-cap. He posits his position, genocide is not happening in Darfur….throws in accusations and then goes on to deal with just the single position without ever dealing with his accusations again.