Liberalism's Shame; Much Posturing, with Little or No Action

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Byline: Jeffrey Kuhner

For years, Darfur has been the left's cause celebre. America's liberal political and media elite have railed against the genocide perpetrated by Sudan's government against the people of Darfur.

Even Tinseltown has gotten involved. Hollywood stars, such as George Clooney, regularly call for an end to the mass atrocities. Yet, for all their hand-wringing and grandstanding, they have failed to stop the slaughter.

Now, actress Mia Farrow has decided to break the will of Sudan's genocidal regime with the ultimate weapon: a hunger strike.

I am fasting in solidarity with the people of Darfur and as a personal expression of outrage at a world that is somehow able to stand by and watch innocent men, women and children needlessly die of starvation, thirst and disease, she said in a blog posting on CNN's Larry King Live Web site.

Hunger strikes, however, mean nothing to Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. He is Africa's Adolf Hitler, a ruthless dictator bent on annihilating the people of Darfur. His forces, in conjunction with Arabic-speaking Janjaweed militias, have systematically murdered hundreds of thousands of Darfuris. More than 1 million have been ethnically cleansed, driven from their homes to refugee and displaced-persons camps. They are facing mass starvation and dehydration. Darfur is on the verge of becoming an African holocaust that will make the Rwandan genocide seem modest in comparison.

Instead of taking decisive action, the international community has dithered. The United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, NATO - they refuse to halt Khartoum's rampaging marauders. In March, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Gen. al-Bashir. The ICC charged him with committing war crimes and crimes against humanity. His response: He expelled or shut down 16 major international humanitarian agencies. Gen. al-Bashir is not only brazenly thumbing his nose at the ICC, but he is on the verge of completing the destruction of Darfur. Without the aid groups, millions of Darfuris will die.

The contrast between Darfur and Kosovo is stark - and exposes the profound racism in the Western and Arab worlds. Serbia's brutal crackdown against the breakaway province of Kosovo rightly prompted Western intervention. …