Saturday, October 15, 2005

A Test in Darfur

To the Editor:NY Times

Re "Walking the Talk," by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, Oct. 9):

With 2.5 million lives at stake, Americans should be concerned. The United States government and the American media have ignored this crisis long enough.

The situation in Darfur is dire, and the choice is simple: Act now and save lives, or watch the region deteriorate into chaos as the agents of genocide continue their deadly trade.

With the diplomatic weight of our government and coverage by our media, this moral and humanitarian crisis can be brought to an end. This is one of the "culture of life" issues that our generation will be judged by.

When Congress and the president recognized the atrocities as genocide last year and proceeded to do nothing to stop it, something in our national soul died. We must revive that by refusing to rest until a sustainable peace agreement is signed that guarantees full citizenship and protections for the people of Darfur.

Eric McFadden
Catholics for Faithful Citizenship
Dublin, Ohio, Oct. 11, 2005

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