Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I'm new to this site, so I may be missing a lot of history behind this story.  But the vehemence of your comments aimed at the US surprise me a little.  First let me say that like you, I find the tragedies in Darfur and Africa to be incredible--in fact I don't quite have the words to describe the catastrophe, and the level of anguish that I and others feel for this situation.

And of course I understand that the US is a very wealthy country.

But why do you direct your vitriol toward the US, and toward the President?  The UN would seem to have the first responsiblility here, followed closely by those European countries that have close colonial ties to Africa.  Why is the US the point of your attack?

I realize that many around the world disagree with US foreign policy in the Mid East.  But as a result, are their troops and efforts not available for grave issues such as this?  Why wouldn't your call be to countries with available troops, such as France, Spain, Germany, etc.?

by wchurchill on Fri Sep 30th, 2005 at 02:03:34 AM EST
The missing context is that Susan is an American, and that was written for a fairly partisan US focused site. She's making a domestic call for something to be done by her representatives.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Sep 30th, 2005 at 02:23:15 AM EST
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for the President to perhaps choose a different time to praise the government in Khartoum?
by BooMan on Fri Sep 30th, 2005 at 03:14:24 AM EST
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Yes, and to make sure that the U.S. State Dept. is, at the least, being responsive.]

Members of our Congress, and activists throughout the country, urged -- for quite a while -- the U.S. to take a more serious, focused interest in the crisis in the Sudan.

Now the Sudan has fallen off the pages of U.S. newspapers and is hardly ever mentioned by anyone on any television program.  (Alas, it was fashionable for a while to deplore their plight, then was forgotten about ... and i found it so ironic that it was a New Orleans paper, that's been covering so much tragedy and destruction in its own city, that published Egelund's statement.

by susanhu (susanhuatearthlinkdotnet) on Fri Sep 30th, 2005 at 11:31:50 AM EST
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Thank you, Colman.  As I said below, this was a HOT topic in the U.S. for some time.  And now everyone's forgotten about it -- from the media to the politicians.  And, apparently, the State Dept. and the president.

I forget that, in other countries, people are unused to the short attention span of the U.S. towards international matters -- and domestic matters as well.  I give Katrina/Rita maybe five to six months tops, and then that entire tragedy will fall off the radar.

by susanhu (susanhuatearthlinkdotnet) on Fri Sep 30th, 2005 at 11:48:11 AM EST
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