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A clear moral imperative

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Dear Editor:(Re: Marc Lacey’s “Despite appeals, chaos still stalks the Sudanese,” page A18, July 19 Times.)Although Ahmed Bilal Osman, the Sudanese health minister, has compared the difficulty in disarming the Arab militias attacking black Africans in his country to a similar difficulty the United States is facing with regard to militias in Iraq, the situation in Sudan actually invites more of a comparison with the genocidal situation in Nazi Germany – a comparison that the Bush administration has often invoked as justification for its invasion of Iraq, but, remarkably, refused to apply to Sudan. If we had to intervene in World War II in order to stop a genocide in progress, the genocide that is evolving in Sudan is a far more “clear and present danger” than Saddam’s attacks on the Kurds over a decade ago.But because we have been blinded by our president’s fixation on this unnecessary and morally dubious war in Iraq, we are unable to see Sudan for what it truly is: a catastrophe of genocidal proportions that carries with it just the sort of urgent moral imperative for multinational military intervention, which was so conspicuously lacking in Iraq.Joel BrenceAspen


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