Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Hobbes in Sudan - UN Fails in Darfur

See Wall Street Journal international March 22, 2006 editorial Hobbes in Sudan which can be seen at their Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal web site.

It includes:
■ “if you want to know what the world looks like without U.S. leadership, Exhibit A is Darfur in Sudan.”
■ “At least 200,000 civilians have been killed in the last three years and two million more have become refugees.”
■ “The source of the problem are the Arab rulers in Khartoum, who have pursued an ethnic cleansing campaign against black Muslims in western Sudan. They've equipped the Janjaweed Arab tribesmen to do the dirty work..”
■ “The Chinese (who have close commercial ties to Khartoum) and Russians have blocked any serious intervention. Arab members of the Security Council have also opposed any attempt to single out Khartoum.”
■ “The Arab League -- so quick to denounce Danish cartoons -- has also stymied any global intervention to stop the murder of their fellow Muslims.”
■ “The rule seems to be never to say a discouraging word about other African leaders, no matter how murderous.”
■ “Despite U.S. obligations in Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places, Mr. Bush responded by proposing an expanded U.N. peacekeeping force under ‘NATO stewardship’."
■ “But Sudan President Omar al-Beshir quickly played to type and withdrew support for a U.N. force. … All of this is a repeat of the same feckless U.N. pattern we've seen in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq.”
■ “One lesson of Darfur is that there really are limits on American power, and in its absence the world's savages have freer reign.”


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