Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Options in Darfur

Courtesy of Winds of Change, comes this list of ten things the US can do to stop the genocide in Darfur, short of committing American ground forces. Most of the suggestions are quite good and in fact long overdue. The only problematic ones, in my opinion, are those proposing a NATO role in halting the genocide. While a good idea in principle, action by NATO requires the approval of France, and the French have already made clear that they oppose any such alliance intervention. France owns substantial oil concessions in Sudan, and considering how they allowed Saddam Hussein to buy their services, it is highly unlikely that the French would agree to act against the Khartoum regime.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darfur doesn't need our help. They are fine on their own. We shouldn't waste our time their trying to solve their problem because it wouldn't be worth it to us.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Joe Stanton said...

Anonymous has obviuosly been poorly informed of the current situation in Darfur. Clearly he has no fact or reason for his opinion, unlike me. For example, two million people in Darfur have been forced to flee their homes as they're being burned to the ground. Over 450,000 people have been slaughtered or raped by the janjaweed and it is becoming worse everyday. How can you say "darfur is fine"?

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

I agree Joe. We need to bring more attention to this genocide. We need to rescue the people of Darfur.

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Anonymous is right. We are too preocupied with Iraq to help the region of Darfur. Groups like the AU should be able to deal with it if Sudan's government can't.

7:14 PM  

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