What would happen if we air-dropped thousands of cheap guns into Darfur?

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  1. 12GA00buck

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    Alex45ACP wrote: "My friends were watching the movie "Hotel Rwanda" a few months ago and I made a similar comment. Everyone just looked at me like I was crazy."

    I had the EXACT same thing happen to me awhile back. The problem with humanitarian types is they don’t realize that guns can be used for good just as well as they can be used for evil.

    I'm all in favor of arming the Darfur victims. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will ever happen. After the genocide in Rwanda, Clinton said, "America has no permanent friends, only interests," or something to that effect.

    The potential problem I see, is that the victims are largely uneducated. They need strong moral leadership to go along with the guns. Otherwise you may end up with warring clans.

    The Sudanese government is arming and sponsoring the genocide. I think we should tell them to stop, with force if necessary. Start bombing the government institutions, and personal homes of responsible government officials. I think there support and funding would stop mighty quickly. Our Air Force could bomb them into the Stone Age if they didn’t comply.
     
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    It would "escalate the violence". That's why it's always wrong for the victims of hideous violence and slavery to fight back.

    Instead, we should have a "Department of Peace" which would gently admonish perpetrators of mass rape and genocide... without actually impeding their actions in any way.

    At least that's what my Congressman, Dennis Kucinich thinks...
     
  3. roscoe

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    You would need someone with a steel backbone to present such an idea - no one in politics has it, although Bob Dole tried to get the arms embargo to Bosnia lifted in the early 90s.

    I always felt that if you could convince Bill Gates or Ted Turner to do it, under the table, it might have some effect. To stop the Sudanese air force you would need a few Stingers, and if those fell into the wrong hands, it would be bad. But, if they were carefully kept in the right hands, it would make a huge difference. Otherwise, some AK47s and PKMs might keep the Janjuweed at bay, which would prevent a lot of the rape and slaughter. With arms for self defense against the Arabs, they could also spread out in to the countryside and be less of a target for the Sudanese air force.
     
  4. DogBonz

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    maybe

    But, I think that it's more a question of which tree in which forrest?
     
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    quote: "As soon as one 12yr old shoots himself in the face that will re-embolden the Brady bunch and all their types."
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    Forget the guns, send Sarah. Just tell her, "it's for the children". :D
     
  6. c_yeager

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    I think that the very best that you could hope for is that the oppressed and the oppressors would simply change places for awhile. The problems in this region go *far* beyond who has the most guns. Untill all people involved have a full belly and a roof over their heads, with a reasonable chance of providing the same for their children, there cannot even be a discussion of peace.

    Deep seeded ethnic conflics like this are not simple affairs of good guys and bad guys, there arent any good or bad people involved, just people who hate each other and have nothing better to do with their lives then act on that hatred. The sad fact is that *we* are not going to be fixing this in any lasting way, not because we dont want to, but because we dont have the ability. Some problems have to fix themselves. The only thing that could have been done is to have left the region alone in the first place and its too late for that.
     
  7. Justin

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    This thread is just too silly.

    Given the political climate, there's no way anyone in the US would try something like this.
     
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