Here’s another installment in RBC’s effort to foster good relations between Blue and Red Blogistan: A big hat tip to David Kopel over at the Volokh Conspiracy for bringing attention to Eric Reeves’ powerful website chronicling the Darfur Genocide.
The media is too busy covering missing women to bother with 2-3 million deaths in Darfur, but Reeves, a Smith College English professor on unpaid leave, is giving us details on a constant basis. I’ve been looking for a good update website for Darfur: SudanReeves is it.
Kopel is right to suggest that while prompt action from the west might not stop everything, it could do an awful lot of good. It’s appalling that the US pretends to support freedom and human rights, and lets the worst genocide at least since Rwanda and perhaps since the Holocaust to go on without even batting an eyelid. The Bush Administration’s opposition to the Darfur Accountability Act, co-sponsored by Republican Sam Brownback and Democrat Jon Corzine, is just one more example of its hypocrisy. And as Kopel correctly suggests, the Europeans, who piously raise human rights claims whenever it embarrasses the US, have been completely silent on the issue.
To their credit, many conservatives, and especially evangelicals, have fought the good fight on this. Thanks to Reeves for the website, and Kopel for raising its profile.