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Obama Cabinet To Have Strong Voice For Ending Darfur Violence

December 1, 2008


The pettiness that often was the hallmark for relations by President Bush towards the United Nations will end on January 20, 2009.  Barack Obama has an understanding and appreciation for the need of a united and hard working world body in order to solve the thorny issues of the day.   To his credit Obama has again elevated the office of United Nations Ambassador to cabinet level status, a move that many of us wished President Bush would have done during his time in office.

Susan Rice, a Rhodes Scholar and the foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign, will be the new UN Ambassador.  In the Clinton administration Rice served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs.  During her time in that role at the State Department she witnessed the carnage left by the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.  It was there where the slaughter occurred that she came to understand that this must never be allowed to happen again.  Sadly, the world has watched Darfur become a place of genocide, and acted mostly with words.  And even that was done slowly.

So I am happy and content with the role that Susan Rice will play in the Obama Administration. 

“I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required,” she told The Atlantic Monthly in 2001. She eventually became a sharp critic of the Bush administration’s handling of the Darfur killings and last year testified before Congress on behalf of an American-led bombing campaign or naval blockade to force a recalcitrant Sudanese government to stop the slaughter.

Jerry Fowler, president of the Save Darfur Coalition, praised the pending Rice nomination on Sunday, calling it a powerful sign of the new president’s interest in the issue. The coalition is urging Mr. Obama to begin a “peace surge” of sustained diplomacy to address the continuing problems in Sudan.

“It sends a very strong signal about his approach to the issue of Sudan and Africa in general,” Mr. Fowler said.

  1. madnino permalink
    December 7, 2008 7:54 PM

    It seems that it is not the only factor playing in this. The people has a lot of different minds. I know that there a lot of people who has a lot of selfish intents in a lot of selfish reasons. So I think that there really has no one to be blamed in this but rather at least live peacefully and not to react.

    The Emma Academy Project
    will be building a school there in Sudan. To help build a school, we would have this cause. This School will be sheltering the children of Sudan from the effects of war in honor of Emma McCune.

  2. December 2, 2008 12:45 PM

    Let us not forget however that Ethiopia was used as a proxy US force to remove a government, that like it or not, was a group of Islamists that the west could have worked with. The Bush Administration did not see it that way and had Somolia invaded to restore the old government. Today that has failed. The vast majority of the nation is now under control of a variety of Islamic factions, much more troublesome than the one that had been in power.

    Might I suggest that once again the Bush team made a short-sighted move and created a long-term problem in an African nation that has seen far too many such events?

  3. ferrellgummitt permalink
    December 2, 2008 9:13 AM

    Ethiopia is leaving Somalia by year end. Leaving the country in the hands of the jihadists, who in turn want to kill us, the infidels. But hey that’s okay.

  4. Mandino permalink
    December 1, 2008 9:13 PM

    It seems that this has an impact though… I really do hope that they result in such peaceful manner. There one peaceful solution to this problem in Sudan, and that is educating the people of Sudan. I have stumbled in this site that happens to help the children in Sudan learn instead of going into war at such a young age:

  5. December 1, 2008 9:04 PM

    Ethiopia should also get out of Somalia, and stop fighting our proxy war there.

  6. ferrellgummitt permalink
    December 1, 2008 5:36 PM

    Ethiopia has many of the same problems as Darfur. Wars, mass starvation, disease and genocide for example. Just because George Clooney doesn’t get behind it and make it “trendy” to be concerned, doesn’t mean the atrocities are not all of the same. I pray Ms Rice understands this.

    Your little flashing sign in this blog should say “Save Africa”.

  7. ferrellgummitt permalink
    December 1, 2008 5:16 PM

    Another Clintonista.. Whoopee!!!!

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