September 3, 2007

I’M NOT SURE THIS IS ALL BAD: “Some of the same Arab tribes accused of massacring civilians in the Darfur region of Sudan are now unleashing their considerable firepower against one another in a battle over the spoils of war that is killing hundreds of people and displacing tens of thousands.” Frankly, they deserve it. And given that the international community has failed to do anything to stop their genocide, this sort of internecine warfare will probably do more good than the many celebrities addressing the topic.

UPDATE: Reader Michael Kolodny: “Are you saying that if your cousin commits a crime and then [the victim] comes to your home and commits a crime against your family, then your family deserved to be victimized because your cousin committed a crime against other people?”

In a culture where people are responsible for what cousins do, and where it often produces blood feuds, and where there’s no other law in action — yeah, pretty much. Or, anyway, I’m not shedding many tears when the practitioners of genocide fall to bloody fighting among themselves. But hey, if Kolodny feels differently he can agitate to get the international community to act where it hasn’t acted so far. Given that it’s Arabs killing Arabs now, instead of Arabs killing black people, the odds of action are probably slightly better.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Of course, what really seems to upset the U.N. is the thought of the refugees defending themselves.

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