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Salute to the Liberators

In his keynote address at this evenings (Wednesday May 4th) Salute to Liberators Dinner of the for the Holocaust Museum Wesley Clark addresses Darfur.

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"Shamefully we did not long-remember the message. Joseph Stalin went unchecked as he murdered millions of men, women and children in his labor camps. Pol Pot killed an estimated 1.5 million of his own people in Cambodia. Idi Amin; Charles Taylor; Papa Doc Duvalier; Fidel Castro; Augusto Pinochet. Tyrants who slaughtered millions right in plain view while we told ourselves `never again'.

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"Today we are still well short of our ideal, however. In the Darfur region of the Sudan, people are being slaughtered on the basis of their race. To date, our best public estimates read that more than 200,000 men, women and children have been killed, often with blunt force trauma or machetes. Can it be said by our children's children that we are keeping the promise we made in 1945? Will our legacy reflect the commitment the people in this room have to the end of genocide? That will be up to each of us.

"We owe it to the people in this room, and all the survivors and liberators who sacrificed so much, to ask ourselves if it is OK to stand by while thousands are exterminated right before our eyes. We must ask ourselves why they don't deserve liberators of their own to someday salute. And when freedom of those now in bondage and suffering does come, we must internalize that freedom as though it was our own.

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Speak out, be heard, this can be stopped.

Barry Kolb
www.njforclark2008.com

by bkolb on May 04 at 4:04 PM EST

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