My friend Ryan first plopped these down on his blog. Here are his thoughts from here:
Cynical. Disturbing. Darkly prophetic. Sadly accurate regarding our humanitarian and diplomatic insufficiency with regard to African conflicts.
It seems Gen. Romeo Dallaire (retired), the U.N. commander in Rwanda, was on point in his book with the analysis that the “superpowers” will turn a blind eye to genocide & humanitarian crises if they occur in the realm of “Black Africa”. While a similar or smaller incident in “White Europe”, such as the Bosnian conflict, will receive exaggerated support from the U.N. and the superpowers. It’s disturbing to me that there is minimal outcry in our country for more action.
My thoughts: I think Ryan’s thought-provoking enough to chew on for awhile. I would add, however, that the expectation would be that the church should rise up in this vacuum and at the very least kick the rhetoric and exposure up regarding atrocities like Darfur, and put our money where our mouth is and grasp some vision for some on-the-ground intervention as the people of God. Call me an idealist.
When it comes to visioning and dreaming, I’m going to post Ron Sider’s address to the Mennonite World Conference in 1984 in three parts for you to look at soon. I wept the first time I read it through…and the second, and the third. Then after that I started thinking about ways to make his ideals concrete in my life and in the life of other followers of Christ.
Here’s another one of the comics, just for the sake of posterity.