Posted by: Ken Wheatley | April 12, 2007

Darfur and other injustices

While watching the recent news about the ongoing genocide in Darfur I couldn’t help but think about my visit to the Terezin “camp” in the Czech Republic.

Even though it wasn’t a concentration camp like Dachau where people were gassed to death, thousands of people nonetheless died at Terezin from disease and exposure as they were waiting to be transported to the death camps. The living conditions were barbaric, as were the guards.

The outcry and the chant “never again” continues to be heard far and wide. Museums with graphic exhibits have been built to ensure that we never forget. Will a museum be built in the U.S. to memorialize what’s happening in Darfur? I think we all know the answer to that.

No doubt there’s concern on many levels. But when does our government move from concern or awareness to “ownership” or involvement. Why does it seem that we mainly get involved when it involves “white” societies or locales that have some natural resource that is desired by others, such as oil?

I am shocked that nations stand by, in 2006, and conduct endless debates about the need or wisdom of intervening in the horrific events that are taking place right now. How can we continue to be repulsed by what happened in Germany and other countries during WWII, but ignore a current event that’s being aired everyday on television?

Other than writing letters to politicians that are self-absorbed and fairly worthless, what can we as individuals do to stop this violence from occurring?

Similarly, when a Haitian arrives on U.S. soil we immediately return them to Haiti, but if a Cuban is able to set foot on U.S. soil, they are allowed to stay?

The San Diego Business Journal had an article about a Yolo County Superior Court Judge (unnamed) who upheld a State law that allows undocumented immigrants to pay the same amount of tuition as a California resident. But a U.S. citizen from any other State who wants to attend college in California has to pay the out-of-state rate. So for UCSD, an out-of-state U.S. citizen pays $18,684 more per year than a California resident or an undocumented immigrant. I understand the California resident part, but someone who is in the country illegally is given the lower preferred fee???? Why not charge them the out-of-state fee?

Is there any wonder why there is strife when people read this stuff? Where’s the logic?


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