Creative Destruction

April 26, 2006

Stop Genocide

Filed under: Current Events,Human Rights,Race and Racism — Robert @ 4:33 am

Ampersand of Alas! and Creative Destruction lists some suggestions for stopping the ongoing atrocities in Darfur. They are all very nice suggestions and no doubt seem very effective in the parallel world inhabited by the earnest left. They are good people, the earnest left. God keep them.

Here's an idea for stopping genocide. Let's take a page from the history of the last racist imperialists to go around practicing genocide: smash their stuff and kill their thug overlords. I don't know what level of force it would take to persuade/demonstrate to the small tyrants of Africa that maybe peaceful co-existence is better for the actuarial tables. I have my suspicions that it would take a pretty high level, but a level we're capable of achieving.

"Never again" implies "whatever it takes". A strong word, "never".

One wonders if we're as strong as a word.



  1. Fully, completely, 100% purely agreed.

    Comment by Off Colfax — April 26, 2006 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  2. Reluctantly, evasively, 100% tepidly … agreed.

    Damn you, Bob, but you are a bad influence on impressionable minds. Like mine. This is tough for an old draft counselor to face, but I guess admitting it is the first step:

    Hi. I’m Nobody.Really. And I’m a neocon.

    I harbor the notion that force can be used productively, and should be used, for humanitarian purposes. In objecting to the Iraq war, I didn’t contested the idea that Saddam caused hardships for his people or that we might be justified in using force on that basis. Rather, I argued (among other things) that if we were now willing to wage social work, we might find a more profitable venue than Iraq.

    And Darfur looks like it would fit the bill. The US declared it a genocide, and then did … squat. Have we ever done that before? (While the US did squat to stop the genocide in Rwanda, at least we honored the PRINCIPLE of responding to genocide by scrupulously averted our eyes and avoided the G word. A small victory, to be sure….) Since I cannot recall a prior instance when the US declared a genocide and then sat on its hands, I conclude that we have not intervened in the Darfur genocide is because we’re preoccupied occupying Iraq. Consequently as we assess the number of people who have died as a result of our choice to invade Iraq, I include the dead of Darfur.

    To be sure, the current administration appears to be doing its damnedest to undermine the neocon cause. Unless things turn around in Iraq, Bush will have inadvertently (?) done more for promoting US isolationism than Ambassador Bolton could ever hope to accomplished in a lifetime of ranting about fiscal mismanagement, black helicopters and world governments. With fellow neocons like that, who needs enemies?

    Is this the way you feel about Jerry Falwell…?

    Comment by nobody.really — April 26, 2006 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  3. No, we have secret crushes on Jerry. Sure, he goes on about the Jews not getting into heaven…but those sparkling blue eyes…sigh.

    Glad you’re on board with the whole not-standing-by-to-evil thing. Well done, that man.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the Bush impetus towards isolationism. A whiff of access to power in 2006, and the distaff side of the Congress will suddenly find the Iraq war more palatable.

    Comment by bobhayes — April 26, 2006 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  4. Looks like I’m not the only reluctant wingnut here. I’m all for this in theory, but the practical application and whether there will be a net benefit human rights -wise, is something to ponder.

    Whatever the US does, people will always blame them of “Imperialism”, and as long as the option just blame it all on on someone else remains, I’m not sure if anything can be achieved.

    Comment by Tuomas — April 28, 2006 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

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