Sarah Palin on Darfur
October 6, 2008 Leave a comment
Last week, Governor Sarah Palin finally expressed an opinion on Darfur. At the Vice-Presidential debate, she pretty much agreed with Joe Biden on the US response to the genocide in Darfur.
Watch it below. (double click on video for full screen)
Sarah Palin: But as for as Darfur, we can agree on that also, the supported of the no-fly zone, making sure that all options are on the table there also.
America is in a position to help. What I’ve done in my position to help, as the governor of a state that’s pretty rich in natural resources, we have a $40 billion investment fund, a savings fund called the Alaska Permanent Fund.
When I and others in the legislature found out we had some millions of dollars in Sudan, we called for divestment through legislation of those dollars to make sure we weren’t doing anything that would be seen as condoning the activities there in Darfur. That legislation hasn’t passed yet but it needs to because all of us, as individuals, and as humanitarians and as elected officials should do all we can to end those atrocities in that region of the world.
I’m glad Gov. Palin is supportive of Divestment from Sudan now. Apparently that wasn’t always the case.
After the debate, ABC News reported that “Palin’s administration openly opposed the bill, and stated its opposition in a public hearing on the measure.”
“The legislation is well-intended, and the desire to make a difference is noble, but mixing moral and political agendas at the expense of our citizens’ financial security is not a good combination,” testified Brian Andrews, Palin’s deputy revenue commissioner, before a hearing on the Gara-Lynn Sudan divestment bill in February.
Gara says the lack of support from Palin’s administration helped kill the measure.