Monday, June 11, 2007

Saving Lives...

I am writing today to express my utter concern over the conflict in Sudan and our own government's lack of involvement. As many of us probably already know, more than 400,000 people have been killed within a period of three years, while even more have been tortured. If this administration truly cared about peace, about "never again," and about humanity, we would be there in full force, fighting for those who can't fight for themselves, and setting up large camps where we can protect, feed and take care of the victims of this genocide.

Instead, the government has chosen to fight an easier war with bad excuses. Iraq is a godsend to the administration; it's a much easier war to fight, especially for those staying at home. The people fighting our troops in Iraq do not constitute an army. These people are not well trained; they don't have uniforms or government supplies to aid them in the fight, and they aren't committing genocide by any means. They're fighting while wearing street clothes, throwing rocks and being slaughtered.

Our own Army has lost just more than 3,500soldiers, which is significant, but we always fail to mention that more than 655,000 Iraqi civilians have lost their lives, as well. If we don't develop a quick exit strategy soon, our government's war will cost double the number of civilian lives than the genocide in Sudan. What we need to do is get our nation out of Iraq, and into Darfur, where we can create positive change and save lives.

James Gilbert,
Fort Collins

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