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8/10/2004

Government Inaction and Liberty Violation

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Sudan massacres are not genocide, says EU

I am reluctant to demean the catastrophe in Darfur by using it as a prop in a political theory debate, but I will.

"But it is clear there is widespread, silent and slow killing and village burning of a fairly large scale. There are considerable doubts as to the willingness of Sudan's government to assume its duty to protect its civilian population against attacks."
Oppression can look like this. The failure to prosecute lynchings, or nonstate violence against Blacks, was the defining characteristic of Jim Crow. Asymmetrical enforcement of laws plagues poor communities to this day - a Randall Kennedy observation I was initially quite hostile to, but which I now basically agree with. There is no liberty under seige.

 

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