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Give Bush Credit on Sudan

Monday, 07 May 2001 12:00 AM

President Bush’s speech Thursday before the American Jewish Committee regarding deliberate starvation in Sudan was remarkable. He took the occasion to announce the

His remarks shortly after his first 100 days in office regarding slavery and other atrocities in Sudan were stronger than any made by former President Bill Clinton in his eight years in office.

Congress should follow Bush’s lead. It is now time to move from talk to action, from speeches to public policy. The U.S. Congress should sanction any business doing business in Sudan, including the purchase of oil and gum arabic. Mayors, county executives, governors, legislators and union should divest from companies doing business with Sudan. We cannot put money above morality and profits above the principles of human rights.

The U.S. last week lost its seat on the U.N. Commission on Human Rights for the first time since the panel was established in 1947. At the same time Sudan won a three-year term on the commission. You might as well put the KKK on the NAACP board of directors.

The vote to place Sudan on the Human Rights Commission turns that body into just another irrelevant international organization. Where were the traditional allies of the U.S.? Where was the sgcretary general of the U.N.? Where were the other African nations? Where is the outrage of the American people of all walks of life?

Johnnie Cochran and Ken Starr together are defending the Rev. Walter Fauntroy, former chairman and founder of the Congressional Black Caucus; Michael Horowitz, former Reagan administration official; and your truly, former national board member of the NAACP. We have been charged with unlawful entry in our protest against Sudan’s practices of slavery, selective starvation and genocide. The three of us face up to six months in jail and a $100 fine.

If you think this a strange coupling, wait until we get Rep. Dick Armey and Rep. Charlie Rangel, Al Sharpton and Oliver North chained together to the Sudan Embassy. The message to Sudan is very clear: You can’t run to the left thinking you can get support, and you can’t run to the right.

See you in court May 15.

A Web site is selling T-shirts with the words "Wife-Beater” embroidered on them for $20 each. Convicted wife beaters get a discount: If they buy one T-shirt, they get the second for half price with proof of their conviction.

Leigh Edgar, spokeswoman for the Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas, one of several groups critical of James Doolin, the creator of the "wife-beater” T-shirts, wants the site taken off the Internet. Doolin says women groups should have a sense of humor.

There is nothing humorous about domestic abuse. According to the FBI, 2 million women are beaten by their husbands every year, and 1,500 of them die. More than half a million other women are raped.

My suggestion to the women’s groups is: Don’t get mad, get even. Start your own Web site and sell T-shirts with the words "Long Live Lorraine Bobbitt” embroidered on them. Then we’ll see who has the last laugh.

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