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March 16, 2005

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Andrew Reeves

(Construction of blatant straw-man)

Hmmm... I think it's because a lot of the people who get Very Angry at this sort of thing have put Muslims into the "Oppressed People of Color" category. When confronted with Muslims carrying out genocide against other Muslims who are also black, the level of cognitive dissonance built up causes them to avoid the whole thing. Sort of like the conceit of certain TV shows that people who encounter vampires and live simply will themselves to forget that they've seen vampires since they "know" vampires don't exist.

(/blatant straw-manning)

Abiola Lapite

Andrew, I'm not sure this actually *is* a straw man. After all, I've run into people seriously making the argument that this can't be ethnic cleansing because as far as *they* can see, the Darfuris and the Arabs are the same "race."

Sebastian Holsclaw

It isn't genocide because calling it that would obligate people to do something. This is the classic case where relying on paper treaties to do things is exposed as useless when there is no will to enforce them. See also the NPT.

Jim

"Andrew, I'm not sure this actually *is* a straw man. After all, I've run into people seriously making the argument that this can't be ethnic cleansing because as far as *they* can see, the Darfuris and the Arabs are the same "race."

Good example of the uselessness the concept of race for analyzing anything.

There wasn't three geeen's worth of differenece between the Bosnians and the Serbs and that didn' keep that mess from happening.

Andrew is right about the apology for Muslims' crimes. I remember the same sort of thing as the Rwanda disaster was beginning to be reported - blank disbelief in the US that Africans could be capable etc..... But that was not the mechanism that prevented any action then and it also isn't the mechanism keeping pressure of the Sudanese government. Governments with oil can do no wrong.

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