Washington DC (but away from the White House on a special project for a few more days)
Yes, I am very tired. A special project is allowing for little sleep for a few days now, and then in quite uncomfortable upright sitting position (the rules in public spaces :-) ). The following may be the addled thinking of one that is fatigued. THE FOLLOWING MAY BE INSPIRED VISION OF ONE THAT IS FULLY COMMITTED AND WHO HAS THE TIME TO PRAY/PONDER/STUDY/PERSEVERE 24/7.
DARFUR COULD PROMPT OUR FINEST HOUR as a nation, as a people. DARFUR COULD PROMPT US TO CHANGE DIRECTION FROM DEATHLY, CANCEROUS SELFISHNESS BACK TOWARD LIFE-GIVING PRINCIPAL, COMPASSION AND CONTRIBUTION.
No, this is not an idle thought out of the blue. It is not wishfull thinking. It comes from immersion in the History of Genocide (Power's, "Problem from Hell"), in the last 2 months news regarding Darfur campaigns, and from a review of today's horriffic, daunting news from around the world regarding Darfur on passionofthepresent.org.
The realization THAT WE COULD BE AT THE BRINK OF OUR FINEST HOUR, A TURNING POINT TOWARD A NATION OF NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN HUMANITY, THE FULFILLMENT OF OUR FOREFATHER'S VISION, is the confluence of:
1. As a US people we have gone way beyond any prior group in 100 years toward standing FOR a people suffering Genocide. WE ARE INVOLVED.
*The administration and congress have gone way beyond - declaring Genocide, deploying top level personel, leading the world in aid. Miraculous.
*Faith Organizations of Every Belief have gone way beyond in encouraging the administration to take an aggressive stand.
*Students and citizens have gone way beyond in encouraging institutions, the administration, and other citizens to Rescue people suffering Genocide.
2. To realize our dream of Rescuing and Restoring Darfur we must become - HEROICALLY COMMITTED - we must stand WITH a persecuted people. It will take no less than an unprecidented humanitarian commitment. I will defer to the historians (I am not one), but I suspect it is true that when one looks at the net, altruistic/compassionate/humanity COMMITMENT that is demanded in the face of ZERO immediate "national interest", if we RESCUE AND RESTORE DARFUR we will have mustered and committed a level of HUMANITY NEVER BEFORE SEEN FROM THIS, OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY IN HISTORY.
*We must stand up to, and back down other world powers - China, Russia and France - from their obstruction of humanity for Darfur.
*The level of financial commitment with no hope of return is astronomical for the requisite aid an peace keeping support. The humanitarian requirements are gargantuan, and exploding.
*The level of MORAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRED OF THE US, with nothing but the hope of ZERO NATIONAL REWARDS, is heroic.
*The level of LEADERSHIP, SACRIFICE FOR OTHERS, AND COMMITMENT required of WE THE PEOPLE is unparalleled.
But were we to persevere and prevail, for whom would it be the greater miracle, Darfur, USA, all FUTURE GENERATIONS OF HUMANITY?
In our response to the needs of Dafur, is this the great turningpoint for humankind? One way or the other?
THE BRINK OF OUR FINEST HOUR? Nothing less will Rescue and Restore Darfur. Nothing less will save our soul; our future?
Great conversation at 1am this morning. Thanks fellas. Keep on!