Check out the latest TV Ad from Save Darfur…
We need to stop Darfur now before it dies. Go PSA!
What about the option of spreading Western Enlightenment style Christianity to the islamists in Sudan? Or would that fly in the face of not holding to the contextual nature of missioanlism? Since the theology of the missional church is also contextual, the missional church would easily flourish in Sudan – it would just be another muslim mosque.
Although the idealistic Save Darfur campaign might on the outside appear to be a noble cause, it simply ignores the historical realities, indigenous conflicts, Islamic induced problems, and realism of geopolitics.
A public awareness of the Darfur crisis is a given – resolving the issue is another matter. Why even resolve it? With generations under British rule and Sudan gaining independence in 1956, the tribal conflicts returned again. The ongoing conflict is fairly insignificant, in body count and regional ramifications, when viewed through an historical lens over the last 2500 years. And why single out Darfur? What about the ongoing “genocides” in Uganda (Independence from Britain in 1962)? Burma (Britain 1949)? Ivory Coast (France 1960)? Democratic Republic of Congo (Belgium 1960)?
Why not protest against the two countries that conduct the most trade with Sudan? China and Japan. Or for that matter, why not protest against the countries that are supplying military weapons to facilitate the conflict? Russia, France, Israel, etc. The best answer is to remove the emotional factor out of the decision making and just let the indigenous people of Sudan fight it out with each other.
While I share your frustration about the lack of action regarding the Darfur crisis, I do not agree with your colonial conclusion. Sadly, we do live in a world where sin and evil yet exist. What can I do about it? For one, I’m trying to expose people to the situation and to provide resources for action. That’s what Common Ground’s “Global Days For Darfur” was about. Can I say I’ve made a difference? Well, you have at least reacted to my post about Darfur.
Just exactly how do you propose to resolve the Darfur crisis? With relief organizations fleeing the area, hijackings and killings of the relief workers, and a complete breakdown of civil order, maybe it would be wise to secure the area first before handing out food, clothing, and medical supplies. The situation in Darfur is an example of the negative consequences of an Islamic fundamentalist government controlled region…..and makes the case for the cause of western colonialism.
I’m collecting videos about the crises in Darfur to help raise awareness through my website: http://www.darfur.tv/
If you would add darfur.tv to your blogroll or help spread the word I would appreciate that very much.
-Thanks for your time
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