The Decade’s Most Important Film Discloses the Human Condition

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“The atrocities in Darfur are terrible, pass the butter.”

Why is genocide called “ethnic cleansing”? It is not very clean. It is a dirty business most often perpetrated by soulless (soldiers of fortune) ghouls. The smells of rotting and burned flesh are every where the “cleansing” occurs. There is, after all, no disposal site which will hold volumes of corpses numbering in the hundreds of thousands. These things should not happen on this planet. But we will be blindfolded against what we do not want to see.

The film that I want to designate as the “most important” has won acclaim and awards. I have to think that not enough people have seen it though. Is the human race really so lackadaisical as to allow the things seen in “The Devil Came on Horseback” (Break Through Films, 2008) to go on indefinitely? Do we not know or do we not care? A retired Marine taking pictures and crying, racked with guilt because he was sent with a camera instead of a gun is only compelling theater?

Some say the genocide in Darfur, Sudan does not happen, that Captain Brian Steidel’s photographs are not conclusive (which means he shows lies essentially). Some say that the Holocaust never happened either. What selfish purpose could a man have to show such atrocities, to have nightmares for the rest of his life, to cause people close to him to have nightmares? Well, maybe he just enjoys making people feel bad. Anyone who can watch the pictures that Brian took and call them “inconclusive” is blinded by the pampering which has been enjoyed in this country (U.S.A.).

Whenever a “made in China” product is purchased, a percentage of the purchase price goes to weapons for the Khartoum government’s Janjaweed mercenaries. These units burn and butcher innocent Darfur residents, even going into neighboring Chad to perform executions at refugee camps. This is “conjecture” says the Sudanese “government”.

Perhaps I missed it, but I did not see one victim of this horrific genocide carrying a weapon. The so-called government in Khartoum, Sudan calls the victims “rebels”. With no way to respond to, much less instigate violence, these people are rebels? The Darfur atrocities are another cross to bear for Africa. As humans, our only job is the perpetuation of our species. We are failing at this job in some areas of the world.

The hardest scene in the film for me to watch was the one in which Brian and his sister were talking to a Darfur refugee in a Chad camp. The poor soul was sure to thank the American people for all that they had done. I felt that the man walked away from the American couple thinking “Certainly now the world understands”. That is not the case Sudanese patriot. The world does not understand. The world has not suffered enough to understand what your life has become. Essentially, nothing but posturing has been done by influential countries. Reason: Sudan is an oil distributor, particularly for China.

Of all the crimes against humanity, genocide is the least understandable. Why do insane power mongers throughout history destroy their greatest resource?

Most of the scenes depicted in the film take place at the height of the murders (2003 to mid-decade). Though the situation has mutated, to date Darfur residents are still pawns in a game which is deadly for them. There are now not so many innocents left to kill but the same lying and defying continues from Khartoum’s military politicians. Lately in retaliation for tribunal findings of genocide, the regime has begun dispelling humanitarian organizations. Nice!

WARNING: Do not let the kids see this one until you have determined that they can take the trauma. Of course you can tell them that it’s only make-believe.

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