Prayer is the Answer

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Yesterday, Eugene Oregon noted that the Senate has finally roused itself into “action” in response to the suffering and ongoing genocide in Darfur. And what did the chamber decide to do? Here’s S.RES.186:

A resolution affirming the importance of a national weekend of prayer for the victims of genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur, Sudan, and expressing the sense of the Senate that July 15 through July 17, 2005, should be designated as a national weekend of prayer and reflection for the people of Darfur.

Words fail. See also Eugene’s follow-up: “[I]t is a little ironic that Congress has passed a resolution that is intended to raise awareness of a genocide that it apparently doesn’t want to deal with.” Yeah. Meanwhile, the Bush administration has been working behind the scenes to spike an actual resolution to do something substantive about Darfur. Instead we get a “national weekend of… reflection,” as if this is something that demands extended reflection.

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