Night Has Come and the Day is Lost in Its Darkness 11 million people died because of Nazi genocide in WWII. I was sitting around my crib today thinking about how lucky I am to be alive. The sun was shining and a scented breeze was gently blowing through the window. My MJ was by my bong and my bong was inches away from me. Sounds pretty good so far right? Well it should be painfully obvious from the photos that my day came to an abrupt stand still when I was treated to a blurb over the television set about the genocide in Darfur. I sat looking at the refugees with such sadness in their eyes and horror in their lives. I put my bong away and spent the rest of the afternoon thinking about why things like this even happen. I know this isn't a simple issue because killing people isn't a simple act but how can "normal" human beings sit back and watch their brothers and sisters being slaughtered and do little or nothing? Does the color of their skin or economic status matter so much that people would rather not be bothered with such unpleasantness? I started to think about the phrase "never again" and what that was supposed to mean since genocide has continued unabated since the end of WWII. Here's the body count: Bangladesh, 1971 - estimated 3,000,000 Hindus dead East Timor, 1975 - 1999 - estimated 200,000 Timorese dead Cambodia, 1975 - 1979 - estimated 1,700,000 Cambodians dead Guatemala, 1981 - 1983 - estimated 200,000 Mayan's dead Bosnia, 1992 - 1995 - estimated 200,000 Muslims dead Rwanda, 1994 - estimated 800,000 Tusis and Hutus dead Darfur, 2004 - present - estimated 70,000 Sudanese dead Talk about a fucking buzz kill and a sobering reality check. Sometimes I get so caught up in my daily affairs that I forget about what's really happening in the world. The holocaust was nothing more than a warm up act. You can't just say never again without the due diligence of the rest of the world's population. If we allow murder to continue unchallenged how much longer until it's in our backyards and in our homes? 70,000 people have died so far in Darfur. This is the punch line. Not light fare going into the weekend, but to those people that said "never again," I say don't make promises you never intend to keep because it's genocidal buisness as usual. Stay high and stay green!