After seeing the overwhelming presence of Jews at the Darfur rally, I knew it was only a matter of time…
Today’s demonstration in Washington was organized by a coalition called “Save Darfur.” It describes itself as “an alliance of over 130 diverse faith-based, humanitarian, and human rights organizations.” The Jerusalem Post provides additional information: “Little known…is that the coalition…was actually begun exclusively as an initiative of the American Jewish community.” The American Holocaust Museum has been conspicuously involved, and while many people feel that the term “genocide” should be used very sparingly the Museum hasn’t hesitated to draw parallels between the Shoah and the Darfur situation. Joining Jewish organizations are evangelical Zionist Christian groups who see Sudan as a prime mission ground in these Latter Days.
We’re talking about a rally urging a US/NATO intervention in Africa’s largest country, legitimated by the UN strong-armed by a thuggish neocon-led administration in Washington. We’re talking potentially about regime change in Africa’s second-largest oil producer, in the context of planned U.S. strikes against Syria and Iran. Should anyone in the antiwar movement with a minimal knowledge or recent history be comfortable with that, or suppose that it could be fully benign?
By all means, may the people of Darfur, including those in the Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudanese Liberation Army (if indeed they represent liberation), using any means necessary, fight their oppression and seek international allies in the process. And let those Americans who’ve really studied the situation and wish to assist the struggle of Darfur’s oppressed provide such help as they can — especially if they do so while fighting oppression globally without any skewed agenda. But let the U.S. antiwar movement not confuse friends with enemies, and in that confusion help those Martin Luther King Jr. once called “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
Apparently it’s just the Jews using Darfur to cover up our “ongoing brutalization of the Palestinians.”
I grant that the author does have a point (which my husband actually wrote a thesis on) in that US action in Darfur would, in fact, be imperialist. This does not necessarily mean that it is wrong, however. US invervention in the death camps of WWII was an imperialist action, and we were right to do it. When hundreds of thousands are being slaughtered, perhaps it is appropriate for outsiders to impose their values on the situation.
Read the full article by Professor Gary Leupp or Tufts, as published on Dissident Voice.
[Ed’s Note] See also: Arieh Leibowitz @ Meretz Blog and Kelsey The Ghetto Jew, tho do pay extra attention to the comments from Xisnotx.