April 19, 2007

Stopping Genocide With WORDS. ACTIONS? Not So Much.

To Be Invisible - Gladys Knight
Government Land - Horace Andy
I'm Alone in the Wilderness - Culture
Englishman - Barrington Levy
Inspired by Dallas Penn DOT COM.

Kids draw the darndest things. Crayons + Paper + Genocide = THE TRUTH. Eff the neoliberal media. When you're seeking the truth, talk to a child.

During his recent visit to the Holocaust Museum, G DUBBZ talked the talk about Darfur:
  • " It is evil we are now seeing in Sudan -- and we're not going to back down. For 22 years, Sudan was plagued by a civil war between the north and south that claimed more than 2 million lives." TRANSLATION: These nigge* tribes are hopeless. They naturally kill each other, it's in their genes.
  • " This museum cannot stop the violence. But through your good work, you're making it impossible for the world to turn a blind eye. Earlier I saw an exhibit that puts faces on the millions of men, women, and children who have been killed or driven into the desert. I also saw an interesting new venture that you've arranged with Google Earth. As a result of this partnership, millions of Internet users around the world will be able to zoom in and see satellite images of the burnt-out villages and mosques and schools." TRANSLATION: American can do what they do best: We'll watch the world from a distance, do nothing, and feel better that, at the very least, we WATCHED someone suffer.

How are we gonna try to stop this madness? Guns? Tanks? A military presence? Nah. We've got diplomats. We're gonna sanction. We're gonna talk the talk. Walk the walk? Not so much.

G DUBBZ highlighted his proposed sanctions in three easy-to-follow steps:
  1. " First, the Department of the Treasury will tighten U.S. economic sanctions on Sudan."
  2. " Second, we will also target sanctions against individuals responsible for the violence."
  3. " Third, I will direct the Secretary of State to prepare a new United Nations Security Council resolution."
Even the CHILDREN know that talk is cheap. Sanctions + UN Resolutions = ONGOING genocide.

Unfortunately, our ability to dangle the threat of economic sanctions will fall on deaf ears. When you're GDP has MORE than TRIPLED in three years, threats of sanctions begin holding less weight. When China is spending BILLIONS on oil and military ties, why should American sanctions scare Sudan into action?

The money trails run DEEP. Supremacy has been runnin 'things in Africa, long after Europe carved the great continent into artificial boundaries. Check your stock portfolio. Even Warren Buffet is funding genocide. Sudan may be way OVER THERE, but YOUR MONEY travels fast.

While we talk of sanctions, BILLIONS of dollars are pouring into the oil fields of Sudan. Money talks, genocide wins.

While we threaten UN resolutions, BILLIONS of dollars are pouring into the oil fields of Sudan. Money talks, genocide wins.

While we sit in our living rooms, watching Sudan burn, via our newly downloaded Google Earth "Crisis in Darfur" program, BILLIONS of dollars are pouring into the oil fields of Sudan. At least we can sleep at night.


Blogger Amadeo said...

You touched on something that's really real. Even though this country has manipulated many others...in the past they really had the power. Now our money doesn't speak as loud. 2 dollars = 1 pound these days. The only thing "we" have is military and that's being squandered as we speak. The arrogance of being number one is going to leave us in a place where we look up and we're not anymore.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous enigmatik said...

co-sign w/the post and w/amadeo.

We were quick to end the supposed tyranny in Iraq but have sat on our hands while Africans slaughter one another.

12:46 PM  
Blogger vik said...

@amadeo - dude, that's exactly why g dubbz' threats are nothin but words. if we sanction, there are other fish in that sea.

@enigmatik - yeah, my dude. it's all perspective. we're liberators in iraq and sanctioners in sudan.
....look at the end results.

PEACE my dudes

3:10 PM  
Anonymous Vee said...

DAMN, This is a real information.
And Warren Buffet wants to leave a legacy of philanthropy while profiting from genocide.

... I'm going to take the time to read those links. Babylon is a cold heartless b.

3:59 PM  
Anonymous Adam said...

I think sanctions are a good first step when confronting genocide (along with wholesale divestment). Unfortunately, it's a step that should've been taken FOUR YEARS AGO, with more substantive action (including pressure on governments like China to do likewise), doing whatever it takes to put UN troops on the ground with a strong mandate to protect the people of Darfur by whatever means necessary. I was stunned to read a couple days ago that Bush is JUST NOW getting around to TALKING about real sanctions, while for four years the people of Darfur have been suffering systematic murder, rape, pillaging and forced evacuation. Genocide is the worst crime human beings can commit and we're just now getting around to doing something about it. And the steps our government is taking won't lead to what is most needed: justice for the victims.

12:05 PM  
Blogger vik said...

@vee - that warren buffet ish was DEEP. philanthropy to wash away your sins, ala the inside man.

@adam - completely agree. unfortunately, like you mentioned, bush is threatening with too little too late. now that sudan has other sources of cash and support, threats from the US no longe hold the weight they could've held years ago.


12:11 PM  

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