An opportunity for good

On Darfur, Obama needs to stand up, not step aside.

Reading the news, one could very well be led to believe that genocide is nothing in comparison to the crashing economy. Indeed, you wonâÄôt find much about Darfur in the papers these days, and it makes sense that Americans are unaware of the situation in Darfur; pocketbooks have always been the driving force of moral crusades. The United States has no fiscal incentives to invest blood or money in the war-torn country. Some 400,000 black Muslims are being murdered. In addition to the 400,000 civilians that have been murdered, 2.5 million more Sudanese have been displaced. The government-sponsored Janjaweed militia has been raping and pillaging for the last five years, and no one seems to give a damn. The genocide in Darfur presents the new administration with a significant opportunity for intervention of the moral type. On the campaign trail, President Barack Obama said, âÄúWhen ethnic cleansing is happening somewhere around the world and we stand idly by, that diminishes us. And so I do believe that we have to consider it as part of our interests, our national interests, in intervening where possible.âÄù The U.N. has tried and failed to intervene by keeping aid agencies in the region and throwing money at the issue. The U.N.-sponsored International Criminal Court is now charging the president of Sudan, Mr. Bashir, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The United States has no way of knowing, however, if this arrest will stop the ethnic conflict or make it worse. This issue demands attention and implores the country to take action. For all of our nationâÄôs wrongdoings, Darfur presents Obama with the ultimate opportunity to do right.