Did you read about the minute of silence to commemorate those killed and buried in Mass Graves?

From an article in the IHT (International Herald Tribune, a paper associated with the NYTimes).

BAGHDAD: Traffic stopped in Baghdad’s main streets and squares Wednesday as Iraqis observed a moment of silence to mark a new national day of remembrance for the victim’s of Saddam Hussein’s regime who were buried in mass graves….

Human rights organizations estimate that more than 300,000 people, mainly Kurds and Shiite Muslims, were killed and buried in mass graves before Saddam was overthrown by U.S. forces in 2003…

In some way I am a pacifist, but I changed my mind once I realized that there were men who would attack our mission hospital and martyr those of us (foreigners and locals) who dared to care for the sick. It’s one thing to say I will never take a life; it’s another thing to stand back and let men rape and torture young girls before killing.
That’s why it seems to me that those who condemn Iraq and want war to save people in Dafur (while ignoring the millions killed in Central African tribal wars) have it wrong. If it were about lives, there would be demonstrations against the UN failure to stop civil wars in Central Africa. If Bush dared to invade Sudanese territory to save these people, we would again see signs “no blood for oil” because the dirty little secret againt Sudan is that China is preventing any moves by the UN to help people in Dafur because of their oil contracts.
The need in the world is to recognize that governments do not have a right to terrorize their own people.

But one of the keys to stopping genocide is having a press and having “pacifist” groups to condemn the killers rather than a politicized anti American Anti western rants that comfort muderous dictators.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines. She writes about Africa and Zimbabwe at MugabeMakaipaBlog 

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