Day-By-Day, Hour-by-Hour, and Minute-By-Minute The Murdering Goes On

December 9, 2008

{First published April 27, 2006] We live in an age when in one part of the world people are generally happy, living comfortably, saying what they wish, and voting for those they want to represent or lead them. They have no fear that the security police will knock on their door at 3 am to arrest them, or  grab and manhandle them into a waiting barred van or black limousine as they leave their home or workplace. They don’t even think that they might be tortured, raped while under arrest, or spend the rest of their life in some hellhole of a prison or camp. And possible summary execution is beyond thought and even nightmares. Such is life in the democracies.

But then, in the rest of the world–Sudan, Burma, Iran, North Korea and elsewhere–people quake in fear for their lives and those of their loved ones. They have no security; they live at the whims of the thug regimes and their henchmen who enslave them. This is going on NOW, in our moment of world history, and the happy and peaceful, life respecting democracies turn their eyes from this minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, and day-by-day democide.

In the future, when the world is all democratic, students reading their history books on our world that is half-free, and half-enslaved by thug regimes, will ask: “Why, with all their massive power over the thug regimes, did free people allow this mass murder and enslavement of their fellow human beings to go on? How could they? And they stupidly kept saying, ‘Never Again,’ while this carnage kept happening again, and again, and again. Where was the outrage, the will to stop it?”

Yes, we will have to answer to the future.

Here is the latest from Eric Reeves (link unavailable, but see his website of related articles):

IDRISS DEBY, the president of the central African country of Chad, may soon lose power to a group of variously motivated rebel movements. The deposing of Deby might not seem occasion for much regret: he is a cruel, tyrannical, and corrupt man who has squandered a great deal of Chad’s new-found oil wealth. But the rebels who would replace him have the deeply troubling support of the genocidal regime in Khartoum, Sudan. In recent months, as Human Rights Watch has authoritatively reported, the National Islamic Front in Khartoum has supported the Chadian rebels, even as it has loosed its own murderous Arab militia allies on the non-Arab tribal populations of eastern Chad. Indeed, Human Rights Watch reports that “the Janjaweed militias have carried out attacks inside Chad accompanied by Sudanese army troops with helicopter gunship support.”

Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, is far to the west of the Chad/Sudan border; but as Deby has begun to feel more threatened, he has redeployed his military forces westward and into major garrisons in a desperate bid to retain power. In fact, N’Djamena itself was attacked by the rebels on April 13, and though the assault was repelled, military assets will be increasingly concentrated in the capital and larger towns. This is bad news not only for the Chadian civilians in the east, who now have almost no protection, but for the quarter-million Darfuri refugees who are increasingly threatened in camps up and down the very long Chad/Sudan border. Aid organizations have already begun to withdraw from some refugee camps, and after the April 13 attack, the UN’s World Food Program (the lead UN logistical organization in Chad) ordered the evacuation of all non-essential personnel from N’Djamena. Humanitarian access and security in eastern Chad continue to deteriorate badly as Khartoum turns the region into an extension of the Darfur killing fields. And things will soon get worse. Heavy seasonal rains begin in late May or June, and these will sever the key east-west road arteries in Chad (as they do in Darfur). It will become impossible for humanitarian supplies to move overland. Moreover, a new government beholden to Khartoum may decide to obstruct humanitarian aid in the same way that Khartoum has in Darfur. Even air drops of food and medical supplies could be hindered.

This may in the end have more to do with the chaos that will ensue if Khartoum succeeds in its effort to topple Deby. There is little evidence of common cause among the various rebel groups fighting under the vague umbrella of the “United Front for Change.” The end of Deby’s rule is likely to usher in a period of infighting and chaos. Neighboring Cameroon and the Central African Republic may also be destabilized….


Links to read and weep

CIA Sudan Maps: These show the level of destruction of Darfur villages.

“Anuaks Suffer as Ethiopian Defense Forces Approach Refugee Camp in Sudan”:

April 14, 2006. Over the last several days, Ethiopian Defense Forces have again killed more Anuak and burned down their huts in remote towns near the Ethio-Sudanese border.

“Darfur Violence Escalates Under African Union’s Watch”

“Revealed: the gas chamber horror of North Korea’s gulag “:

In the remote north-eastern corner of North Korea, close to the border of Russia and China, is Haengyong. Hidden away in the mountains, this remote town is home to Camp 22 – North Korea’s largest concentration camp, where thousands of men, women and children accused of political crimes are held. Now, it is claimed, it is also where thousands die each year and where prison guards stamp on the necks of babies born to prisoners to kill them.

“Genocide In Burma”

“GENOCIDE EMERGENCY: ITURI, EASTERN CONGO”:

Genocidal massacres have cost thousands of lives in Ituri, Eastern Congo in the past three years.

“Massacre provokes widespread strikes”:

Armed forces in Iran opened fire on a peaceful demonstration of copper foundry workers and their families on 23 January, killing fifteen and injuring 300.

“Many executions in China are result of torture and judicialerror”:

According to academic sources, China carries out an estimated 8,000 executions every year, more than in the rest of the world combined.

“Zaire Massacre”: A photo

“Genocide Watch for Zimbabwe”:

These militias, recruited [by President Mugabe] from unemployed young men, and trained and armed by the ruling party, have murdered opposition political leaders, including candidates for Parliament, and have joined with so-called “veterans” of the independence struggle (many of whom were not even born then) to beat and terrorize supporters of the opposition….

And on and on. I could fill many pages with such links to the deadly scourge of thug regimes in our new century. I estimate that throughout this world of thug regimes, right now about 4 people, young and old, men, women, and children, are being murdered this minute, 240 this hour, 5,760 this day, about 2,102 million this year.

The solution? Intervention by the democracies, even if it means war, and then assuring these enslaved people their freedom. This is not intervention to democratize. It is to save peoples lives, and to free them from the misery of their enslavement to the whims and desires of the gangs of thugs that rule over them with their guns. So, why don’t the democracies intervene? Because the happy, comfortable, generally well off people of the democracies are uninterested.


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