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Thursday, August 19, 2004

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The right to bear arms could have saved Sudan

Here is an unusual report on Sudan, Human Rights & Gun Control in National Review Online dated August 18, 2004.

The report, entitled "Avoiding Genocide" is authored by Dave Kopel, Paul Gallant and Joanne Eisen. It raises some important points - especially on gun control laws in Sudan - and says the right to bear arms could have saved Sudan. Note the opening paragraph:

[T]he sovereign territorial state claims, as an integral part of its sovereignty, the right to commit genocide, or engage in genocidal massacres, against peoples under its rule, and...the United Nations, for all practical purposes, defends this right. To be sure, no state explicitly claims the right to commit genocide — this would not be morally acceptable even in international circles — but the right is exercised under other more acceptable rubrics.... — Leo Kuper, Genocide: Its Political Use in the Twentieth Century.

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 8/19/2004
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