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Generational Dynamics Web Log for 19-Apr-07
President Bush gives Sudan "one last chance" to end Darfur genocide

Web Log - April, 2007

President Bush gives Sudan "one last chance" to end Darfur genocide

But is Steven Spielberg aiding the genocide?

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Speaking on Wednesday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, President Bush said he would give U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to try diplomacy, but delivered this warning to Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir:

"President Bashir should take the last chance by responding to the secretary general's efforts and to meet the just demands of the international community. I'm looking at what steps the international community could take to deny Sudan's government the ability to fly its military aircraft over Darfur, and if we don't begin to see signs of good-faith commitments, we will hear calls for even sterner measures. The situation doesn't have to come to that."

So, there he goes again, threatening to invade another country -- Sudan -- a country having a real civil war.

Gosh, the Democrats must be FURIOUS. Imagine how angry Senator Joseph Biden must be, thinking of American troups in the middle of a civil war, having to keep both sides apart. Didn't the American people speak loud and clear last November, when they elected the Democratic congress, that we didn't want our forces in the middle of a civil war? Wow, the Democrats must be going nuts.

Ummmm, no they aren't. Biden is unhappy with the Bush Administration, all right, but only because the President isn't moving quickly enough.

Here's what Biden said on Wednesday: "I have little faith Bashir will keep his promise. He will just keep stringing us along. Instead of more threats, we need to act, now."

How should we act now? Here's what he said just one week ago, on April 11:

"I would use American force now. I think it's not only time not to take force off the table. I think it's time to put force on the table and use it. [2,500 U.S. troops could] radically change the situation on the ground now.

Let's stop the bleeding. I think it's a moral imperative."

Well, it's a moral imperative to get US troops in the middle of the Darfur civil war. Who would have guessed that?

Actually a lot of so-called "anti-war advocates" have been turning into war advocates in Darfur. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who never tired of bad-mouthing America and President Bush for intervening in Iraq, frequently called for intervention in Darfur.

And in 2004, I was startled to hear the great peacenik Jesse Jackson call for sending American troops to Darfur.

You see, Dear Reader, there are "good wars" and "bad wars" when it comes to sending American troops in. Iraq is a "bad war," but Afghanistan is a "good war," and now Darfur is a "good war." That's why the Democrats want us to KEEP ON fighting the Afghan war, and want us to START fighting in the Darfur war, but want us to STOP fighting in the Iraq war.

And people wonder why I call the Congress a "clown circus." This unprincipled bunch of politicians simply goes along with whatever the latest poll results say.

The only politicians I can think of who have shown any principles at all are Hillary Clinton on the Democratic party side, and John McCain on the Republican party side. Most of the rest are pretty worthless.

Steven Spielberg

If the situation in Darfur weren't so tragic, and if there weren't so many lives at stake, this would be worthy of a televised situation comedy.

There are groups of "stop the Darfur genocide" groups around the world, and they've begun to set their sights on China. Why? Because China is blocking any UN Security Council resolutions against Sudan. Why? Because China, through its leading energy companies -- Sinopec, China National Petroleum Corp., and CNOOC -- are buying up every available drop of African oil that they can get.

So we have actresses like Mia Farrow looking for ways to pressure China to stop supporting Sudan in the U.N. Now, China is very big and powerful, and really doesn't give a good goddam about the politically correct motivations that seem to drive Western politicians. But, by golly, Mia Farrow has found a way to pressure China: by threatening to label the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as the "Genocide Olympics."

"[One] thing is more important to the Chinese than their access to Sudan's oil, and that's the success of their Olympic Games," says Farrow.

Well, it turns out that Steven Spielberg is playing a very big part in the Beijing Olympics -- he's orchestrating the huge opening and closing ceremonies. And so, Mia Farrow is saying that Steven Spielberg is aiding and abetting genocide in Darfur.

According to a Boston Globe article:

"Oddly, Spielberg has declared publicly that while aware of genocide in Darfur, he only recently became aware of China's involvement. But the facts are no secret. Beijing has unstintingly provided large-scale economic, military, and diplomatic support to the Islamist regime in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. Spielberg has now sent a letter urging China to use its influence constructively. But that gesture is not enough."

Steven Spielberg, of course, has very firm ideas about good and bad wars. World War II was a "good war" to him because of the Holocaust, and the Vietnam war and other wars were "bad wars" to him, presumably because there are few Jews in Vietnam.

So, it will be interesting to see who ends up getting blamed for the continuing genocide in Darfur. It's hard to blame President Bush, since he's actually taken the political lead in advocating international intervention in Darfur. It certainly is ironic that Steven Spielberg is receiving blame.

From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, the Darfur civil war is currently the only generational Crisis war in the world right now.

The Darfur war started in the 1970s in the form of classic disputes between farmers and herders, similar to the disputes between America's farmers and cowboys in the 1800s. But in Darfur the disputes escalated, and became steadily worse in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2003, it escalated to a crisis war, and by 2004, full scale genocide was in full progress.

As I've said from the very beginning, the U.N. is completely irrelevant, because a crisis war can't be stopped until it's run its course. I've written about this many times, as various politicians, month after month, have called for efforts to stop the Darfur massacre.

A crisis war is a generational war -- meaning that the war comes from the masses of people, entire generations of people -- not from the politicians. The politicians couldn't stop it if they wanted to. A generational crisis war is a huge force of nature, a raging typhoon, a tsunami -- and it can't be stopped until it's ready to be stopped.

There are no other crisis wars going on in the world today, although the Sri Lanka civil war between Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces is escalating into a new crisis war. The Bosnian war in the 1990s was a crisis war; the Iran/Iraq war in the 1980s was a crisis war; the "killing fields of Cambodia" in the 1970s was a crisis war. And there have been others.

The biggest crisis war so far was World War II, which actually can be thought of as a collection of dozens of individual crisis wars around the world.

Now, 60 years after the end of World War II, there are few people left with personal memories of the horrors of that war. Generational Dynamics predicts that we're headed for a new crisis war, a Clash of Civilizations world war. This war might begin next week, next month, next year, or later, but it's certain to happen, sooner rather than later. When that happens, the Darfur genocide will the be the norm for a few years, rather than the exception. (19-Apr-07) Permanent Link
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