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Monday, September 18, 2006

Break out the Viagra®

Warning! This is a political post of global consequence. If you are not interested in politics then I urge you to consider your heart and think about why politics exist, and to what extent a Christian should be involved.

I was listening to Glenn Beck this morning and he had an interesting discussion on his program. George Clooney, and a lot of other people with whom I typically disagree passionately, have been pushing the U.N. and the rest of the world to stop the genocide in the Daruf region of Western Sudan. Clooney and others urged the U.N. Security Council to accept what the rest of the world has already declared as ‘ethnic cleansing’ or genocide.
"After September 30 you won't need the U.N. You will simply need men with shovels and bleached white linen and headstones," the actor warned.

The mandate of African Union peacekeepers in the region expires at the end of the month and the Sudanese government has refused to approve their replacement by a U.N. force.1
Over 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda in 1994 while the U.N. stood idly by. I hate to say this, but I think the analogy is apt. Africa is the neglected step child of the world, forgotten amidst more profitable and familiar ventures. People are dieing, and it’s about to get worse. God forgive me for agreeing with Clooney, but I thought that people had inherent value, and that in our “age of enlightenment,” we had shed the prejudices against the color of another person’s skin. But Darfur, and Africa as a whole, is largely discounted by the rest of the world. They will pay the butchers bill, but the rest of the world will be liable for their blood.

The U.N. replaced the League of Nations in 1945. It was founded after the conclusion of WWII with the primary goal of preventing future conflicts. Beck’s question: If the U.N. is incapable of stopping the genocide in Darfur - and let’s face it… it’s Africa, people with rocks and sticks comparably, not China or some other industrialized military giant - then what hope can we possibly have that the U.N. Security Council will take any action against Iran’s budding nuclear program? The thought of nuclear capability in a state that has publicly declared its desire to see Israel wiped off the map is unconscionable.

I think we need to send truck loads of Viagra® to the U.N., because they are impotent old men incapable cutting through 50 years of bureaucratic red tape. They have no power to perform when needed. The institution has failed. It has never worked. That is why 800,000 people died in Rwanda. The U.N. sat idly by while people were slaughtered there; it is why the US had to unilaterally attack Iraq while it openly defied the international community’s demand for inspections (how many ignored U.N. Resolutions?); and why Iran’s President Ahmadinejad is allowed on US soil this week without being arrested while he defies the U.N.. God help us all if Iran attains the nuclear capability it seeks. God help the people facing extermination in Africa.

Time to break out the duct tape, because my head is about to explode!

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