Naa, Germany is one of the few countries that haven't learnt from the past. In recent years they have demonstrated that they prefer to side with
other countries like France and accept the profits from genocides and helping out dictatorships rather than being trully humanitarian.
"THE LANGUAGE of human rights flows smoothly from the lips of the leaders of France and Germany. But continuing Franco-German hegemony in Europe is
bad news for human rights, especially for victims whose oppressors are European Union partners. Take, for example, the victims of the Sudanese
government's genocidal jihad. In the words of U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, there is ''no greater tragedy on the face of the earth than the
tragedy that is unfolding in the Sudan.''
For the past 20 years, the regime in Khartoum has bombed, starved, and enslaved black Southern Sudanese with impunity in an effort to subject them to
Islamic rule. As a result, over two million black non-Muslims have perished. A further five million have been driven off their land.
Sudanese slaves -- mainly women and children -- are routinely beaten, raped, genitally mutilated, forced to convert to Islam and racially abused. The
scale of this ''crime against humanity'' -- as slavery is identified in international law -- is enormous. Credible estimates of the number of
Sudan's slaves range from tens of thousands to over 200,000.
The expansion of Franco-German hegemony over an area that approximates the bounds of the Roman Empire would fulfill the ambition to counter America,
the only remaining superpower.
What little hope there is for Sudan's slaves comes mainly from New World democracy, not from the failed powers of the Old Europe. A broad left-right,
black-white coalition, including such polar opposites as the conservative former Senator Jesse Helms and liberal US Representative Donald Payne -- a
founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has pushed the Bush administration to invest significant financial and political capital in the
first credible Sudan peace initiative.
The Bush peace plan is underpinned by the tough language of the Sudan Peace Act, passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress. It identifies
slavery as one of the government of Sudan's many acts of ''genocide.'' This powerful legislation also combines the threat of prosecutions for
slavery and other crimes against humanity with the possibility of massive US financial support for the armed opposition to Sudan's Islamist
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You would also think that at least Germany would have learnt from their past mistakes, but it seems they haven't. They even went so far as to side
with Saddam to protect their own interests (money) they had invested in that dictatorship.
I am not saying the German people are all like this, but their government has made sure to stand by profitering from genocide once more. But I don't
really know why the people had let their contry be associated again with the word genocide.
[Edited on 24-5-2004 by Muaddib]