Cliff May

This month, there was an "International Conference in Support of the People and Economy of Dafur," and billions of dollars were raised not just from America and Europe but also from Arab and Muslim states concerned over the war crimes - including mass murders and mass rapes - being perpetrated against the people of Darfur, most of whom are black and Muslim.

You realize, of course, that I made that up? Not the part about the terrible things happening in Darfur, that's precisely true, but the part about international donors meeting on behalf of Darfurians. Scores of donors gathered instead at an "International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Economy for the Reconstruction of Gaza," in Sharm El-Sheikh, a resort in Egypt where a total of $4.5 billion in pledges was collected.

The people of Gaza have long been receiving more aid per capita than just about any other group in the world - a high multiple of what Darfurians receive - but Gaza is in an especially sorry state these days. The reason: Gazans elected Hamas to rule them, and Hamas' has vowed to exterminate Israel and, in pursuit of that goal, Hamas routinely fires missiles at Israeli towns.

In response, about two months ago Israel invaded Gaza and went after Hamas leaders and fighters. Many in the "international community" criticized Israel's response as "disproportionate" despite the fact that it did not succeed in stopping the missile attacks. There have been over 100 since the "ceasefire" on January 18th. Logically, doesn't that suggest that the response was insufficient, rather than excessive?

What's more, Richard Kemp, former commander of British Troops in Afghanistan, carefully examined the Israeli military action and came to this conclusion: "I don't think there has ever been a time in the history of warfare where any army has made more efforts to reduce civilian casualties and deaths of civilians" than did the Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza, he told the BBC.

But the worsening crisis in Darfur has not gone entirely unnoticed. Hamas, as well as Hezbollah and their mutual sponsor, Iran, spoke out strongly - in defense of Sudan's militant Islamist president, Omar al-Bashir, the individual most responsible for the death and destruction in Dafur.


Cliff May

Clifford D. May is the President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.