The following comes from a book review in the journal of the Hoover Institution, about as right-wing a think-tank as they come:
"Last fall, after the Atlantic Monthly excerpted [Sandra] Power’s chapter on Rwanda [in a book called “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide], a National Security Council aide sent a memo to President Bush summarizing her argument and detailing the Clinton administration’s reluctance to act. President Bush’s four-word response to this failure to stop genocide, which he jotted in the memo’s margins, could not have been clearer: “not on my watch.”
Would that Dubya's actions kept pace with his margin scribblings.
The Save Darfur Campaign is calling for a "Weekend of Prayer for Darfur" this weekend.
Please check out their website with an eye toward doing whatever you can do to get the president to be a man of his word.
Why is confronting genocide in the vital interests of the United States?
Here I defer to the German theologian Martin Niemoller, who wrote of the Holocaust:
In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me—and by that time no one was left to speak up.