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Dear Representative McDermott,
Subject: The crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan
I write to you today to learn your stance on actions the United States should take to combat the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. As you know, the conflict in that region pitting the Sudanese government and associated Janjaweed militias against Darfur based rebel groups has taken thousands of lives and driven hundreds of thousands into refugee camps, becoming one of the largest international crises in years.
After World War 2, the world said “Never again” to genocide. After Rwanda, we wrung our hands and said “Never again.” Before we put ourselves in that position again, I urge you and the Congress to act speedily to implement measures that will effect change in that region. According to Thomas, the Congress’ web site, the Darfur Genocide Accountability Act of 2005 (HR 1424 IH) is currently sitting in committee. This bill would implement sanctions against the Sudanese leadership as well as authorize the President to use limited military force to enforce a no-fly zone. There are numerous other provisions which will serve to generally put the pressure on the Sudanese to establish an effective peace agreement.
I am glad to see that you co-sponsor this bill. What are the chances that this bill will make it out of committee or that it will pass? Is there anything you can do to speed the adoption of this measure? I do not believe the people of Sudan can wait six months or a year for resolution of their crisis, so any steps we can take would be more effective if taken sooner.
Philip A. Weiss