The Throwaway People
Vol: 78 Issue: 31 Monday, March 31, 2008
As of two years ago, the official UN estimate of the death toll in the western Darfur region of Sudan had already exceed two hundred thousand people.
Stop for a second, and allow that number to sink in, to have the impact it should have, were we not already numb to all the violence by its constant repetition.
Two hundred thousand people — men, women, children, the elderly, the infirm, anyone unable to escape the government-backed “janjaweed” or ‘devils on horseback’.
The UN official who made that estimate in 2006 says he believes that number has probably doubled, to just under half-million now.
Jan Egeland says there is no real way to be certain if even that estimate is sufficient.
“You have the figure 200,000 people died in Darfur which has been used continuously since I gave it,” Egeland said. “Please stop using that figure. I gave it. It’s 2 1/2 years old. It’s wrong.”
Egeland believes 400,000 “is a much more correct figure than 200,000.”
Eric Reeves, a Sudan researcher and analyst at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, believes the number of dead could be closer to 500,000 in Darfur and eastern Chad.
The Darfur region of Sudan is primarily populated by black African Christians and animists (pagans).
Eastern Sudan is mainly Muslim Arab, and the government in Khartoum is an Islamic republic.
Since 2003, the Khartoum government has embarked on a systematic campaign of extermination of its western black African population. To the Islamic janjaweed, the black Africans are an inferior people, worthy of only enslavement or death.
To the Islamic Khartoum government, they are a threat because the Darfur region is home to the Christian ‘rebels’ — who are ‘rebels’ in the sense that they organized to fight back against the Islamic-inspired genocide.
The Sudanese government denies backing the janjaweed, but the eyewitness accounts of camel-mounted janjaweed assault teams using Sudanese close air support to ‘soften up’ targets prior to attack have been widely circulated.
The janjaweed are totally autonomous; they are free to loot, kill, rape or enslave with impunity. Janjaweed raiders set to hacking apart their victims with machetes while chanting either ‘Death to slaves” or “Allah u Akkbar.”
Meanwhile, as thousands die, the United Nations’ diplomats continue to dither over whether or not the systematic destruction of an entire segment of a national population constitutes ‘genocide’.
After five years of people being murdered at an average rate of two hundred and eighty-five per DAY, they still aren’t sure. Picture, in your mind, a crowd of two-hundred and eighty-five people — say, at a high school basketball game. Now try and picture that many people hacked to death by machetes. Every single day.
It didn’t take nearly this long to decide that ‘genocide’ was taking place in Serbia in 1999. Or whether or not someone should put a stop to it.
Maybe it was because the victims in that conflict weren’t dirt-poor black Africans?
In 1994, the nation of Rwanda erupted into a genocidal rage that went on until more than a half-million men, women and children were hacked to death. The United Nations spoke great, swelling words of protest, sent in “peacekeepers” to monitor the carnage, but did nothing to stop it.
A decade later, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan gave a speech in which he applauded the UN General Assembly’s designation of a ‘moment of silence’ each April 7 as part of the “International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.”
In announcing the UN’s ‘solution’ to the ‘crucial issues’ surrounding the UN’s inaction in Rwanda, Annan announced,
“Such a minute of silence has the potential to unite the world, however fleetingly, around the idea of global solidarity . . . here today, I would like to urge all people, everywhere, no matter what their station in life, whether in crowded cities or remote rural areas, to set aside whatever they might be doing at noon on that day, and pause to remember the victims. Let us be united in a way we were not 10 years ago. . . etc., etc., ”
Even as Annan droned on about how the UN would be united by a moment of silence, the genocide in Darfur was already mounting.
And after three years of annual moments of silence for the dead in Rwanda, the continued silence over the Darfur crisis allows the Islamic genocide campaign to continue unabated.
I can’t urge you strongly enough to allow what is going on in Darfur penetrate your mind. Don’t become blinded to the horror by the cold statistics — murder is very personal from the perspective of the victim.
Here in the West, a single murder literally brings out teams of investigators and prosecutors. There are ‘cold case’ investigators who are dedicated exclusively to solving the murders that slip through the cracks.
There is virtually no end to the effort undertaken to bring the murderer of a single human being to justice.
We do that because murder is such a horrible crime.
In a single act of murder, he steals from his victim all that he ever was and all he ever will be. He steals a loved one from his family, and he forever steals from his victim any opportunity to make the choices that will seal his eternity.
Imagine the tears in heaven as the angels assess and absorb the full measure of such a tragedy.
Imagine, for a second, as horrible as it is, what the final moments must be like for a murder victim, knowing he is about to die, knowing there is nothing he can do . . . like a horror film coming true.
Josef Stalin once cynically, (but accurately) observed that, “a single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.”
So when we hear of 400,000 dead we shake our heads and say, ‘what a shame’ — but since we can’t cope with the sheer scope of such a tragedy, it just blends into the white noise of information overload.
Try picturing it this way. What we’re really talking about is the brutal murder of a single human being, with all the attending horror that would be visited on that single murder victim, only repeated 400,000 times. Oftentimes in full view of UN ‘peacekeepers’ powerless to intervene.
Try and imagine the scene from the perspective of heaven, as the angels look down at the powerful, rich, blessed (and primarily Christian) world averts its eyes away from the slaughter of innocents, protesting, as did the first murderer, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
The UN is getting ready to celebrate its international impotence again next week, with another April 7 “Day of Reflection.”
And you can be sure it will be marked with plenty of flowery phrases about past guilt, and future diligence.
But the UN can’t feel guilty while it is still in the process of letting the victims in Darfur down. And they are too busy being diligent about preventing future genocides to pay attention to the one taking place now.
It doesn’t matter if the Rwandans forgave the world for allowing them to be butchered. The UN just pretended a moment of silence made everything right, and as far as they are concerned, that is that.
And it won’t matter if the Darfurians do, either.
To the rest of the world, they are just more ‘throwaway’ people whose destruction will decrease the pressure of feeding Africa’s surplus population.
(Think Darwinian survival of the fittest — its a jungle out there.)
Like the Rwandans, they aren’t white Europeans, so the West feels no major obligation to save them. Plus, their destruction is taking place under Islamic authority.
And the West has no desire to open another front in its war with Islam.
Its easier, and a lot less trouble, for the world to just let them burn now, and have a moment of silence for them later.
May God forgive us.