Saturday, March 12, 2011

And what about the Congo?

In The New Republic, Leon Wieseltier argues for US intervention in Libya:
If Muammar Qaddafi takes Benghazi, it will be Barack Obama’s responsibility. That is what it means to be the American president. The American president cannot but affect the outcome. That is his burden and his privilege. He has the power to stop such an atrocity, so if the atrocity is not stopped it will be because he chose not to use his power.
It must be lovely to live in a world where you believe these kind of moral imprecations have weight. I think the few of us who care about the Congo long ago abandoned that hope; when we ask that our country help Congo, we do so not as Jeremiahs but as little Oliver Twists, asking please for a little more.

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