Genocide is won or lost on the Calendar. Whoever controls the calendar wins. Genocide is a war of time.
AL-BASHIRE HAS WON. LET'S FACE IT. Please. While we still have a few days left to turn it around.
AND, given the extraordinary group of Save Darfur Coalition advocates gathered at Georgetown this past Monday, we have no excuse except lack of will, vision, courage and imagaination IF WE DO NOT TURN IT AROUND, NOW.
IMPERATIVE IN ORDER TO STOP THE GENOCIDE:
a. ACT AS THOUGH THE SITUATION WERE REVERSED (like it was OUR loved ones being butchered and tormented), WE WITHIN THE DC NONPROFIT, US Activist Community, and Faith Groups, to RESCUE & RESTORE DARFUR NOW because therein lies our only hope (http://standwithdarfurwhitehouseii.blogspot.com/2006/06/day-35-june-17-what-if-situation-were.html);
b. TOTAL SURRENDER to the calendar. THERE IS NO OCTOBER FOR DARFUR. THIS MUST BE WHAT WE LIVE AND DIE BY, because Darfurians WILL live and die by this. WE MUST WIN TROOPS ON THE GROUND BY SEPTEMBER. Why? You pick a better date for us, and them, to live and die by.
c. "NEVER AGAIN" means NOTHING until it means ME. Some of us must become "soldiers" in ABSOLUTELY EVERY sense of commitment that this word means, or Al-Bashir's win is final.
1. WE ARE OUT OF TIME:
a. 2,000-8,000 per week are dying BEFORE the Cholera outbreak. Three 9/11's per month.
b. THINGS HAVE GOTTEN WORSE SINCE APRIL 30. Momentum is dying fast.
c. This is precisely the pattern of other genocidal regimes, Lie-Delay-Lie-Delay... then the REAL SLAUGHTER BEGINS (S. Power, "Problem from Hell.")
d. Every day of delay REDUCES THE LIKELIHOOD OF RESCUE.
e. Every day of delay PLAYS IN THE FAVOR OF AL-BASHIR, and against Darfur.
2. THE SAVE DARFUR COALITION GROUP JUST ASSEMBLED HERE IN DC CAN STOP THIS GENOCIDE (or no one can):
a. They have the intelligence, connections, training, worth, status... TO BE THE NECESSARY CATALYST. (Thank God they have brought us this far!)
b. In the scheme of US/World Resources, not that much is required to stop this genocide.
3. THIS IS GENOCIDE but so few of us are yet PUTTING OUR LIVES (careers, comfort, families, leisure, prestige, health...) ON THE LINE FOR for these folks. WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?!?!!? [If already you are "on the line", obviously a "soldier", thank God for your courage, compassion and commitment!]
a. THIS IS THE MESSAGE THE PUBLIC GETS WHEN IN THE FACE OF GENOCIDE WE LIVE "NORMAL LIVES" (we who are currently "involved") - PEOPLE IN DARFUR ARE NOT WORTH PUTTING OUR LIVES ON THE LINE FOR.
b. RESCUE NEVER HAPPENS UNLESS SOME FOLKS "GET THEIR HEADS KICKED IN" [Dr. King]. This is universally true in social movements, business, career.... THE PRICE MUST BE PAID BY ENOUGH COMMITTED CHAMPIONS.
Let's WIN THIS WAR, BEFORE OCTOBER. Or, let's have the decency and honesty to admit that we've already given in.