The Common Good

VP Debate's Blind Spots on Darfur

In last week's debate, Gwen Ifill, Sen. Biden, and Gov. Palin all got it part wrong on Darfur: they implied that stopping the genocide in Darfur would require an Iraq-war-like mobilization of "boots on the ground." As I wrote earlier this year, what we need in Darfur is not a repeat of the Iraq debacle, but rather an updating of the Bush administration's biggest African foreign policy victory: the combined international full-court press, economic and otherwise, which won a peace deal between Khartoum and southern Sudan in 2005.

While we're working toward that deal, it is an important humanitarian measure to fully equip the African Union peacekeepers on the ground

Sojourners relies on the support of readers like you to sustain our message and ministry.

Related Stories

Resources

Like what you're reading? Get Sojourners E-Mail updates!

Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking "report" on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)