Sunday, April 30, 2006

Has compassion escaped Sudan?

With all the news interest that have transpired over the pass two weeks; the fuel crisis, presidential possibilities, the march in NY against the war in Iraq, Colin Powell’s admission that his advice on putting more troops in Iraq at the start of the war went upon deaf ears, and the warm reception for the book written by Ted Kennedy does not claim my attention as much as the genocide in Sudan. I’m thankful that the actor George Clooney is putting forth such a strong hearth felt effort to bring world attention to a defenseless situation for people that are targeted for death. There are some real serious questions on who gets humanitarian help in the world when some humans are experiencing horrendous tragedies. Some of those questions were answered during the Katrina tragedy in New Orleans. Have the global markets, politics, oil, wealth, and self interest smothered out any real compassionate response to the needs of people crying out to the world for help? Have the religious leaders that preach compassion asked their followers how long can they ignore and turn their backs away from the desperate calls of help from Sudan? In retrospect, where is real compassion in the world?

Monday, April 17, 2006

More blood and more billions will not solve it

The expected goal backed by U.S. officials for the Iraqis to establish a fair government shared by Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds is simply a pipe dream born out of an illusion. The thought of replacing the voted in Prime Minister Ibrahim al- Jaafari to solve the stalled opposition, calls into question what type of democracy is being formed in Iraq. It seems the search for a face saving pull out of troops borders on a false hope that three different factions will come together under a common interest. Culture divisions and concerns evolving around power is deeply rooted and cannot be solved by a government put together out of haste. It is like forcing two people that hate each other into a marriage. The marriage would quickly fall apart. The presence of American soldiers adds to the the following negatives: The wounds of loosing power can not be healed in a quick made up government. An oppressed majority that gained power out of an occupation lived with bitterness and dreamt of revenge. Those that were protected by the no fly zone that practiced and tasted a type of democracy; they fear the majority’s appetite for a theocracy. More blood, more billions and a quick put together government will never solve the above negatives.