Our real duty in a crowded world

July 7, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Phil Kreitner for alerting me to this editorial by Jack Hart at OregonLive.com.

On Monday The Oregonian’s editorial board sounded a call to “The duty to remember genocide,” a plea for relieving the tragedy of Darfur. “What more needs to be understood about Darfur,” the editorial proclaimed, “than that millions of vulnerable people are defenseless against violence and deprivation, all because of a second-tier despot in Khartoum?”

Well, quite a bit, actually.

And so long as we go on thinking that terrible conflicts like the civil war in the Sudan are simply the whims of tin-pot dictators, we’ll stand by while Darfur repeats itself time and again throughout the world.

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