March 31, 2004

GENOCIDE IN THE SUDAN: Nick Kristof cares, but sadly not many other people seem to.

For all the talk of “never again,” genocide hasn’t seemed to upset the international community much. The UN seems to have contributed to genocide in Rwanda — while various other people obstructed action or did nothing. Noam Chomsky’s support for the Khmer Rouge is famous. And the response in the Balkans was dreadfully slow, while the looming genocide in Zimbabwe is largely ignored.

If the Israelis killed all the Palestinians the world would care — but only because the Israelis did it.

More on this problem, and what to do about it in the grander scale, here.