Archive for June 23rd, 2004

Rajan Rishyakaran’s links

Rajan Rishyakaran has put together a very powerful annotated list of links on the genocide in Darfur, that I suggest you read and even consider copying to friends. Rajan
has created something that is better than the sum of its parts. His
piece conveys a compelling, disturbing narrative–and his anger and
passion show through.

Also, Ingrid Jones has written a moving comment to Rajan’s piece–wrestling with the difficulty of understanding genocide, and the difficulty of getting the world’s attention and help.

Here is my comment on Rajan’s piece, which I also posted on his site:


thanks for putting together your piece. It makes a more coherent
narrative than the “parts” that we have at and on other blogs. And your personal
point of view and commitment come through.

I agree with Ingrid and you that this is really difficult. I do
think we are making some progress, and Glenn certainly helps–but I
continue to be stunned by how little interest there is on the part of
the world “system”–however that works. As Joanne Cipolla Moore said
some time ago, now I can kind of understand how the historical
genocides happened–right under everyone’s eyes. Very sad.

Also, we don’t seem to have learned much from Rwanda. I find myself
wondering, again, about the world system and why it doesn’t seem to be
very good at learning from certain kind of experiences. I mean, we
commemorate the Rwandan genocide, but the structures of international
law and the mechanisms of intervention and the means of making the
determination to act–these do not seem to have improved much.

I notice that the Holocaust Museum in Washington is trying to help. This is very good. As a friend said, with black
humor, “yea, I guess adding a new wing to the museum is not really the
right answer.”

Thanks again, and best wishes.

June 23rd, 2004


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