September 2nd, 2009
09:11 AM ET

Were Darfur promises for real?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/africa/08/29/sudan.peacekeeping.workers.kidnap/art.darfur.un.mission.afp.getty.jpg caption="Soldiers with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) pictured in June."]

Dave Eggers and John Prendergast
Special to CNN

We have been part of an extraordinary social phenomenon over the past four years surrounding Darfur: the development of a genuine anti-genocide people's movement. It's succeeded in cultivating a number of true champions in the political sphere, led by three former senators: Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

Now that Obama, Biden and Clinton are in office, and another fierce anti-genocide advocate, Susan Rice, is in as ambassador to the United Nations, we felt there finally would be a consequence for the perpetrators of the genocide, the regime officials in Khartoum, Sudan.

But rather than the kind of tough actions the these top officials had all advocated in their previous jobs and on the campaign trail, President Obama's Sudan envoy instead began to articulate a friendly, incentives-first message that even Sudan's president, an indicted war criminal, publicly welcomed. Our chins hit the floor in disbelief, because our chins had nowhere else to go.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Cherisa

    The Enough Project is a great resource for information and practical action on conflicts like Sudan. I highly recommend clicking on the link in the editor's note at the top of the full article.

    September 2, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  2. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    So Dave, what exactly do you want President Obama to do? Call them out, old fashioned duel style, and say what exactly? Because if he does that, he's got V.P. Joe Biden and S.O.S. Hillary Clinton as his second and third! Is that the kind of tough you're talking about?Enlighten me, please! I'm not trying to be a smartypants, I really want to know.

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    September 2, 2009 at 11:50 am |