In yesterday's New York Times Nicholas D Kristoff wrote* about the estimated 400,000 deaths in the Darfur region of Sudan. He castigated George W Bush for failing to act decisively against this genocide.
But, given the course of Britain's Election campaign, is it hardly any wonder that politicians are reluctant to act in Sudan.
400,000 deaths in Sudan have hardly featured in Britain's General Election.
This Election has shown that Britain is an increasingly "decadent" nation. According to Microsoft Word’s dictionary, “decadent” is defined as “uninhibitedly self-indulgent behaviour”. It seems that a huge proportion of the British public is no longer willing to make sacrifices for our own defence or for humanitarian purposes.
No-one could be unmoved by the death of Anthony Wakefield earlier this week in Iraq. The death of a young and handsome soldier, leaving behind a now inconsolable wife and seven-year-old son, tugged every heart string. But it should not have fed the anti-war movement. Coldstream Guard Anthony was serving his country. He knew what he was doing when he joined the army and he died to liberate 25 million people from a dictator who has a record of supporting terrorists. We honour him by finishing the mission he gave his life to. We should not surrender before the suicidal and hate-filled insurgents.
It is difficult to see any British government - reflecting on the public's reaction to the Iraq war - undertaking any bold military action in the forseeable future. Toppling Saddam sent a powerful warning to terrorist-supporting states. The advance of appeasement parties like the LibDems has gutted that warning.
Oceans of ink are poured into covering the Attorney General's legal advice but next to nothing on what is going on in Sudan or Africa's other killing fields.
Kristoff quotes JFK in his article - "The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality." May God forgive us.