If there were two tribes in central Africa committing inexplicable atrocities against each other, and simultaneously two sects of people in central Europe doing the same; would the world respond the same to both situations? Would there be an immediate rush to end the violence and bloodshed? It begs the question, would there be an amassing of resources and financing to invest in the eventual outcome of peace? According to recent history, the truth glares at our lack of equality when it comes to intervening, or lack of, in these situations.
Unfortunately, do the powerhouse nations determine their response on economic rewards, geopolitical advantage, or ethnic background? If this is going on then there is a tiered human value system determined by a people’s economic status and possible perceived contribution to other societies and cultures. Its the same principle if I see a man broke down along the side of the road and he is in an inexpensive car and I drive on by. However I would have stopped if the man would have been in a Mercedes. My response predicated on his economic status.
This inequality in our response should bring shame to our global leaders who turn a blind eye to the genocide and horrible human devastation. Global inaction demands responsibility on those who can but wont intervene.
Eric Reeves said it best concerning Darfur
International failure in responding to genocide in Darfur should be occasion for the deepest shame. Inaction has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and caused untold human suffering.
We can do better than this! ALL lives matter regardless of skin color, ethnic background, economic status, or geopolitical advantage or disadvantage.
Dr. Reuben Egolf
Vice-President of The Human Rights Global Congress