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Five members of Congress arrested at protest

USA Today is reporting that five Democrat members of Congress have been arrested at the Sudanese embassy today. Excerpt ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Congress members were willingly arrested and led away from the Sudanese Embassy in plastic handcuffs Friday in protest of the Sudanese government's role in atrocities in the Darfur region.

"The slaughter of the people of Darfur must end," Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., a Holocaust survivor who founded the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, said from the embassy steps before his arrest.

Four other Democratic Congress members — James McGovern and John Olver of Massachusetts, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Jim Moran of Virginia — were among 11 protesters arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, a misdemeanor subject to a fine.

"We must hold the Sudanese government accountable for the attacks they have supported on their own citizens in Darfur," Olver said.

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I say:

Good for them. Lead by example. We live in strange times, and peaceful civil disobediance -- including premeditated arrest -- is the height of service and loyalty a patriotic citizen can offer this nation right now. The genocide in Darfur has been ignored while we focus on the Iraq tar baby. Millions have died and more are on the way. These members of Congress have made a bold statement that we should pay attention to, before it is too late.

A good idea: redeploy troops on their first tour in Iraq to Darfur. Bring together a coalition in the U.N. and assemble a peacekeeping force. We could provide support for U.N. troops and STOP THIS MADNESS in its tracks.

That, my friends, would be America at its finest.

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