Friday, July 20, 2007

Genocide Is Alright With Me

Actually genocide is not all right with me. Our esteemed Junior Senator from Illinois has a different opinion.

SUNAPEE, N.H. - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.
Then he brings up Sudan and the Congo and says we have no interest in those places and need do nothing about genocides taking place there.

I think he misses one important factor: we are not already in the Congo and Sudan.

H/T Instapundit

A. Jacksonian has some further thoughts on the subject of American tolerance for genocide.

I Support Democracy In Iraq

1 comment:

auntiegrav said...

"genocide" is a term used by newspapers to sell cars.
What is happening in Sudan is corporate takeover through tyrants.
We are there already. If in cash only.

I don't trust anyone running for office right now, but Obama's statement should be emphasized correctly on the word "potential".
If our troops provide hard targets for insurgents, and their presence attracts outside investment in the general insurgency, then the specific insurgents will target softer targets with the money and materials they are given to 'fight' with. Perhaps moving our troops away from the soft targets would reduce their risks. Regardless of the logic involved, the Humvees and helicopters are wearing out, and the value of the dollar to purchase new ones is falling, as well as the price of oil to continue the war is rising. Whatever we do, we need to do soon. Either we kill everyone there and just take the oil, or we pull out and forgeddabouddit, or take some other action, such as hermetic border sealing. Fighting street-to-street only gets us more streets to fight on, and creates little vacuums for bombs to fall into.