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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 8, 2009 / 14 Nissan 5769

Darfur refugee camps speak directly to Obama

By Nat Hentoff


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | By the end of April, up to more than 3 million black Muslims in Darfur will lose access to food, water and medicine. This after Sudan's genocide general, President Omar al-Bashir, expelled major international human rights organizations. With President Barack Obama saying "we have to avert an enormous humanitarian crisis," a letter has been sent directly to him (Sudan Tribune, April 3) by Hussein Abu Sharati, spokesman for a network of refugee-camps leaders.


"Mr. President," Abu Sharati wrote, "We need quick and immediate multilateral or unilateral intervention to save us from the imminent death: unconditional return of the international (humanitarian organizations) expelled by the regime ... (their expulsion) is the regime's final goal and the deadly blow to accelerate our death by slow motion through starvation, malnutrition and diseases." .


What has been Obama's reaction? He has sent yet another special envoy — former Air Force Gen. J. Scott Gration — who said in Khartoum on April 3 that he is there "to look, listen and learn," and hope that Sudan's government will respond "with a hand of friendship and help fill the gaps of humanitarian needs" (Sudan Tribune, April 4). I am old enough to remember my astonishment and despair when Neville Chamberlain offered his hand of conciliation to the original Hitler. .


Meanwhile, after the Arab League disgraced itself by giving al-Bashir its enthusiastic support, and rejecting the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant for him on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Africa's Hitler demonstrated his utter confidence that he will remain a free war criminal. .


The Al-Dustour newspaper in Jordan (Sudan Tribune, April 2), reported that the Arab League, in a bizarre effort to show the world it has not entirely removed itself from international law, suggested to al-Bashir that there be "a hybrid" Sudanese court — with only Arab and African judges — to try alleged perpetrators of war crimes in Darfur. (That's like certain courts in China where judges write their decisions before trial.) .


Al-Bashir dismissed this Arab League's proposal, since, as head of the sovereign nation of Sudan, he is beyond the jurisdiction of any court. .


The United Nations — under its 2005 Responsibility to Protect (R2P) provision allowing intervention by force even in sovereign states committing internal genocide and war crimes — could move militarily against Al-Bashir. But U.N. Security Council members China and Russia would not permit such arrant disrespect for sacred national sovereignty. .


At the Arab League summit meeting in Qatar, the United Nations' utter futility — throughout these years of Al-Bashir's genocide, mass rapes and other barbarisms in Darfur — was terminally illustrated when U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke there of his "extreme concern" at the expulsion of the humanitarian organizations. But the secretary-general took great care not to personally interact at the summit with Al-Bashir. .


His legal advisers, reported Sudan Tribune (March 20), are said to have told the secretary-general "not to appear publicly with Bashir since his indictment." Despite his august stature, Ki-moon could not even execute a citizens-of-the-world arrest of Al-Bashir. .


So what, if anything, is to be done to prevent the final solution of al-Bashir's long planned, meticulously executed genocide in Darfur? .


As recalled in the March 30 Sudan Tribune, "During the US presidential campaign, Obama made several campaign promises on Darfur. At a presidential debate on Oct. 7, 2008, he said he intended to 'help mobilize the international community and lead' to impose a no-fly zone over Darfur and provide logistical support to the UN-African Union peacekeeping mission." .


Joe Biden, during his vice-presidential campaign, also called for the United States to encourage NATO to not only set up a no-fly zone but actually send NATO forces into Darfur. .


But now, Biden, like the rest of us dreading the final solution, waits for the president to decide what will be done in the name of the United States. Obama met with his new envoy to al-Bashir's fortress before sending Gration. .


"He will be speaking for the administration," said the president, "and will be coming back to report to me very shortly about what he's found there, and additional steps that we can take to deal with this situation. And so I wanted to publicly affirm the importance of Gen. Scott Gration." .


But once in Khartoum, Gen. Gration gave Gen. Al-Bashir no reason I know of to fear any involvement but words from the United States. However, Jerry Fowler, president of the Save Darfur Coalition, after being among those meeting with Obama on March 30, said in the Sudan Tribune, March 21) "If we get several weeks down the road, and there hasn't been any action, other options will have to be looked at." .


President Obama, why not, without sending U.S. troops, have Predator drone planes conduct a no-fly zone over Darfur, while urging NATO or other countries to go beyond words while there are still Darfurians still alive in the refugee camps? You have demonstrated how popular you are in Europe, as you are here. Spend some of that capital. President Bill Clinton failed to do that. The result was Rwanda. Will the result on your watch be any different? .


You don't need a special envoy to size up al-Bashir. If you don't act, Mr. President, what will you be saying a year from now?

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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