Viewpoint: Obama Failing Sri Lanka Test

President Obama's foreign policy is being put to a strenuous test as Sri Lankan rebels continue a bloody civil war that defies efforts to intervene

www.vannimission.org / Reuters

Injured Tamil civilians are seen in this picture, which was released by the pro-Tiger rebel group Vanni Mission, at what the group claims is a makeshift hospital inside the "no fire zone" in northern Sri Lanka

During the campaign, Barack Obama hinted at how his future Administration might act to stop suffering in the world. American foreign policy should focus on more than just killing terrorists; it needs to address "challenges of the 21st century" such as "climate change and poverty, genocide and disease." Obama and his advisers all but called for Robert Mugabe's removal in Zimbabwe and advocated more aggressive U.S. action to halt the genocide in Darfur. "When genocide is happening," said candidate Obama during the second presidential debate, "when ethnic cleansing is happening somewhere around the world and we stand idly by, that...

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