Saturday, October 06, 2007

Two saintly antisemites:

Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter formed the glamorous part of a mission of International elder statesmen to Darfur. The group issued its conclusions, claiming that "Darfur has witnessed mass or widespread rape", among other atrocities.

Still, Jimmy Carter remains his usual restrained self (except when it comes to Israel and the Jews): The "use of the term genocide to describe the situation in Darfur, where international estimates say 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million driven from their homes, was unhelpful."There is a legal definition of genocide and Darfur does not meet that legal standard. The atrocities were horrible but I don't think it qualifies to be called genocide," he said."

What is the legal difinition of genocide?

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic, religious or national group. While precise definition varies among genocide scholars, the legal definition is found in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG). Article 2 of the CPPCG defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

200,000 dead, every woman raped, millions of refugees, and still, it is no genocide.

Jeff Weintraub has a blog about Darfur, here. For anyone who is interested in a reality check.


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