Tuesday, April 25, 2006

"With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility"

Who would have known that the advice Spiderman’s uncle gives him on his death would pertain to the United States Senate? For years now, the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan has escalated out of control and thousands more people are either killed or forced to leave from their homes. But somewhat surprisingly the international community has done very little to stop these atrocious acts from occurring.

There has been some debate on the issue of what should be done with the situation in Darfur, but in all honesty debate is the last thing that the people of Darfur need. Angelina Jolie has been a strong human rights advocate and has recently been calling upon the US Senate to finally do something about the purported genocide that is occurring in that region.

Many organizations and sites on the internet call for the international community to come together and prevent genocide from occurring in all regions of the world…however those with the most influence and power appear to be doing very little. In order for something to be done about this, SOMETHING MUST BE DONE! During the Rwandan genocide, the United Nations sent peacekeepers to the scene with the orders to protect foreign nationals. Obviously this did nothing to prevent the genocide which occurred. The United States must use its power and position in the world, and follow its ideals of championing human rights and actually send in forces (or at least support foreign forces) in stopping these atrocities from continuing in Darfur.

As the sole superpower and leading advocate of democracy in the world, the United States has an obligation to stop injustices around the world. At the moment the United States is accused of picking and choosing certain issues which only directly affect US interests. But in the case of Darfur, we must look past immediate self interests and towards what is right.


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