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May 28, 2008

Taking a Stand on Darfur
Posted by Moira Whelan

In a great (and rare) demonstration of political unity, Save Darfur launched a campaign today with the support of all three presidential candidates calling for an end to the violence in Darfur.

It's a great moment of bipartisanship...but not in the David Broder kind of way.

Well done, and hopefully this is just the beginning of an effort to promote a commitment human dignity around the world.

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When John McCain says it's "time to get tough," then bad times are ahead. Why on Earth would I sign on with McCain about anything?

McCain's zany war mongering aside, there wasn't one substantive statement in this video. We have to "act" but we're not told how. Kind of hard to get excited about giving broad latitude to the future president to "do something."

We could easily wind up in a Darfur quagmire if we do the wrong thing. And doing nothing is preferable to winding up with a long military deployment in yet another Hellhole.

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