Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Truth and Freedom

An important article in The New Republic - Richard Just looks at the many recent books on Darfur and asks why, if the truth about genocide in the region is so well known, international action has been so ineffective:
"No genocide has ever been so thoroughly documented while it was taking place. There were certainly no independent film-makers in Auschwitz in 1942, and the best-known Holocaust memoirs did not achieve a wide audience until years after the war. The world more or less looked the other way as genocide unfolded in Cambodia during the 1970s, and the slaughter in Rwanda happened so quickly--a mere hundred days--that by the time the public grasped the extent of the horror, the killing was done. But here is Darfur, whose torments are known to all. The sheer volume of historical, anthropological, and narrative detail available to the public about the genocide is staggering. In the case of the genocide in Darfur, ignorance has never been possible. But the genocide continues. We document what we do not stop. The truth does not set anybody free."

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mandatory Olympics Post

What blog has not mentioned the Beijing Olympics during the past week?

Interesting piece in Slate on Christian evangelism (or the lack thereof) at the Olympic Games and the state of Christianity (particularly the official and underground Protestant churches) in China: http://www.slate.com/id/2196888/. I hadn't come across the idea that the Olympics logo looks like Jesus nailed to a red door.