Tracy Reyes Mrs. Frane College Prep Government-Period 0 18 November 2008 Why Should WE Care About the Sudan Civil War? Barack Obama, the President-elect for 2009’s slogan was Change We Need. That slogan does not just end within US boundaries, but extends to the rest of the world. We, as Americans, have an obligation to help. Sudan, Africa’s largest country, is currently dealing with appalling issues that cannot be ignored. The Sudan Civil War, in my opinion, has the MOST impact on world affairs and international relations in the 21st century. The biggest altercation obstructing the different regions from an everlasting peace was the struggle for power. The dominant party of Muslim, wanted to spread their Islamic religion on the rest of Sudan, particularly the South. Resisting converting, the Southern Sudanese made up of about 6 million in rural areas, have had a difficult time keeping strong. The South formed the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) receiving help from a number of various neighboring countries affected by the war (Pike). We are the most powerful nation on Earth. We have the most stake in creating an order in the world that is stable in which people have hope and opportunity and when you see a genocide, whether it is in Rwanda, or Bosnia, or in Darfur, that’s a stain on all of us. That’s a stain on our souls… As president of the United States, I don’t intend to abandon people of turn a blind eye to slaughter (Obama). The Sudan Civil War has been a major influence on foreign affairs. Currently, the United States is supporting the Sudan elections for government in 2009. The US believes that holding a “credible, peaceful, nationwide election” is a way to “achieve a democratic transformation in Sudan” (Sudan). The millions of people that have died based of a struggle for power through religion cannot be overlooked. We can never allow the effects of war dominate. We must create a foreign policy to aid those victims in Sudan being oppressed....
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