Wednesday, February 25, 2004

compassionate conservatism or Shades of Rwanda

The leader of another country, trying to keep his desperately poor nation from plunging into civil war, pleads for international aid.

The developed international community, including the leader of the world's last superpower, rebuff him. Although the French have called for a security force.
Also his message to Haitians trying to escape what's coming: Try it and we'll send your black ass back.

I'm not sure why I care about Haiti so much. Maybe it's skin color. Maybe it's the old family stories that say one ancestor came from Haiti. Maybe I care because I just do.

In just over a month, the world will observe ten years since the genocide in Rwanda, another case where the world sat on its ass. Ten years from now, will we be observing the same for Haiti?

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