Letters to the Editor

Grassroots action

June 18, 2008


To the editor:

I'd like to thank Daniel O'Neill (Public Forum, June 11) for trying to encourage people to become active in educating themselves about Sudan and the genocide in Darfur in particular. Apparently, his point was lost on the five people who posted comments on the J-W Web site with snide remarks about the United Nations.

The cartoon character Pogo had it correct when he said, "I've seen the enemy and it is us!" Every human who does nothing is as complicit in the atrocities as those at whom they point a condemning finger in the U.N. For nearly 10 years I have been advocating for a just and lasting peace for all Sudanese.

Darfur is only the latest in unspeakable violence that has been perpetrated against the citizens of Sudan. But in 2005, grassroots actions by ordinary people ended a civil war that raged over two decades. It just takes someone to stop pointing fingers and start speaking out. More information is available at Sudan Advocacy Action Forum.

Bobbie-Frances McDonald,



devobrun 9 years, 11 months ago

So, the first Sudanese civil war was from 1955 to 1972.The second civil war from 1983 to 2005.The Darfur conflict from 2003 to present.The civil wars started before the Brits left in 1956 and has raged between the north and south for 42 years out of the 53 years since independence.The U.S. had a civil war for about 5 years in its 232 years of existence. The problem isn't us. Its Islam.Islam is a great way for individuals to live, but it doesn't support any good method of governance.It invites tyranny. It always has and probably always will because it insists on its adherents being servile. Servile people get dominated by tyrants. Tyrants invite civil war. If Islam could somehow raise the individual's worth, Imams and military strongmen would not have as much power. Tyranny would diminish and the civil wars and riots and bombings and suicide attacks and genocide would be reduced.So, speak out against the submissive aspects of Islam. Explain that Muslims who allow others to control their lives are the reason that they die a lot. Speak out against oppression from tyrants and religions.

Stephen Roberts 9 years, 11 months ago

Bobbie- Please feel free to travel to Sudan and voice your opinion to the Sudaneese government.

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