Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, spoke at a Mass celebrating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s inauguration. His words about the Darfurian Genocide are haunting:
Despite the committed efforts of our President, Congress, and ourselves, I fear that we will commit what Dr. King described as the most tragic political sin good people can make – we will be “too late.” As he said, “We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” Later, there will be time for regret for past failures; now is a time for action. For make no mistake – our legacies will be measured not by our sentiments or even our efforts – but by whether in the end we stop or fail to stop this genocide, by whether we save the children or they perish on our watch.
I have a nightmare, that years from now, there will be a Museum of the Darfurian Genocide – that will be part of the genocide trail. And tourists will go from Cambodia to Rwanda, from Auschwitz and Treblinka to Darfur to learn of the pillage, rape, murder, and starvation. And they will gasp and they will sob, and many among them will doubtless wonder: Where were our parents? Where were our President and Congress? Where was NATO? the EU? Above all, where was the UN? Did they not know? Did they not care? We cannot let that happen.