Obama in Turkey

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This coming Monday, April 6, President Barack Obama will be in Turkey.

If you’re living in America, you’ve probably noticed (or are noticing) the large number of ads appearing in print, on radio and TV, encouraging travel to Turkey and the many “wonders” of the land and people. You know something’s up. But we’ll leave that there – after all, we’re just thankful they’re pumping so much money into our recessed economy.

Today in Darfur, a genocide is happening. The president of the Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir, denies it as genocide and has thumbed his nose at the world. Last month the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of al-Bashir on charges against humanity and genocide. In response, Al-Bashir has thrown out of the country all humanitarian organizations, accelerated the deportation of Darfuris (now in refugee camps) and most recently, has jet-hopped to other nations, and to the Arab League summit, only to be embraced by its 22 members. (AP story – one of several)


There is blood dripping from al-Bashir’s hands. There is no question about the millions of refugees. There is no question about the savage barbarism and the acts of inhumanity that has maimed, raped and desecrated Darfur and its people. Gabriel Stauring and his iAct team are just returning from their 9th trip to the refugee camps in Chad where they have interviewed the victim-survivors of this 21st Century Genocide. www.stopgenocidenow.org

To watch these Arab leaders embrace this mass murderer is ultimately a buy-in to the barbaric acts.

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. – Martin Luther King Jr.

And so, this weekend, as Air Force One lands in Turkey, and President Obama places his feet on Armenian soil, we will be watching, hoping that he doesn’t buy into the deception and crimes against humanity.


At In His Shoes, we remain committed to assisting the refugees of Darfur with humanitarian relief (visit our 30 Hour Famine page) and being a noisy voice against the atrocities taking place in Darfur today. We’re not mourning a Genocide, we’re standing against one. I’m encouraged by the words coming out of the ANCA about Darfur and we very pleased to see this video appear this week.

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