Saturday, February 04, 2006

Slow and steady wins the race.... or allows the genocidaires to get on with their business.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a motion to send U.N. troops into Darfur yesterday. Of course, at this point in time the Sudanese government has not yet agreed to the presence of non-African forces, so we will have to wait and see whether this will come to anything. As much as I would like to think that this will lead the way for a robust peacekeeping force in Darfur, I tend to doubt anything that so easily gains the support of Sudan's best-buddy China. Even if everything falls into place, it will likely be a year before U.N. troops would arrive.

Meanwhile this week, an entire town of 55,000 people fled a Janjaweed attack. But you can't rush the U.N. they need to take the time to calmly consider their next step. Remember Kofi's advice to the U.N. just before the Rwandan genocide: the international community shouldn't act rashly, you never know what the consequences will be. Is three years really enough time to decide how to respond?

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