Sunday, March 05, 2006

Nick Cohen: today the fashion is to ignore genocide in the name of inter-faith solidarity

From Nick Cohen's column on the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams's visit to Sudan; and what the Archbishop did not say in the name of inter-faith solidarity, the fashion is to ignore genocide. Quite rightly, the crimes of American, British, European and Israeli democracy are dissected and denounced. But an intellectual blockage - a Chinese wall in the mind - prevents the critics applying universal principles to far greater outrages.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, made my point for me in Sudan last week. Anyone who had heard the Church of England’s censure of Israel might have expected to see a primate filled with righteous wrath. Consider his opportunities. While he was there, the genocide was continuing in Darfur. The victims were black Muslims, but strangely, the Muslim world has not revolted against the Islamist murderers and torched Sudanese embassies.

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