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Could Strykers end a genocide?

Post by Scott Fontaine on April 29, 2009 at 6:01 am |
April 29, 2009 6:01 am

One of the Internet’s greatest achievements (and curses) is that it allows people to debate just about any topic and propose any solution, no matter how outta-left-field it might seem.


A Facebook group seems to exemplify this: More than 90 members have joined a group advocating sending a Stryker brigade to the Darfur region of western Sudan.


(If you need a crash course on Darfur, Wikipedia provides a comprehensive crash course on a topic.)


The group’s three administrators all are soldiers (according to their profiles) and say they live in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Here’s what they advocate:


Did you ever occur to activists that throwing aid money and food will not make a problem go away? Well here is a solution. Send a Stryker Brigade Combat Team in and make zone of separation between the janjaweed militia and people of the Darfur region of the Sudan. Once this is established. Anyone entering the zone of seperation without authorization will be terminated. This will allow the activists to then come in and help rebuild Darfur in addition to helping them eventually provide for their own defense.



Of course, there are detractors posting on the group’s wall:


“Why waste manpower? A platoon of Marines will do the job just as well :)


“A Parachute Infantry Reg would be more effective, but i spose a brigade of strykers would do”


“if you really want to save darfur, send in the marines…”


“Can the 357th Fighter Squadron come too? Its composed of about 9 A-10′s…”

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