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This century's first genocide

The US found common cause with Cuba, Iran and Syra in blocking language in a UN declaration saying that countries have an "obligation" to respond to genocide, complains columnist Nicholas Kristof in the Texas Star-Telegram. (Republished in Darfur Daily News)

He describes how former Marine captain, Brian Steidle, who served in Darfur as a military adviser, apparently got blacklisted from all US government jobs after Kristof published his pictures of children hacked to death and of children apparently burnt alive. Kristof says, he

can't understand why Bush is soft on genocide, particularly because his political base -- the religious right -- has been one of the groups leading the campaign against genocide in Darfur.
Chancellor Schroeder, who used many peace slogans during his election campaign, hasn't done much to bring peace to Darfur either. Or the Arab League for that matter.


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Tcobb on :

Perhaps a more nuanced declaration might be phrased along the lines that countries may, without incurring the wrath of international law, "respond" to genocide happening in other countries. Then I'm sure we could see how the truly "moral" and enlightened countries of the world would respond. I doubt the US would have any problem with this. What they do have a problem with is the notion that they would be obligated to expend blood and money whenever the "international community" decreed that they must do so in the name of humanity, in which case I suspect the main contribution of the international community would be to dispense advice and criticism over the way in which the force was being used. Instead, let the enlightened countries send their own troops in to do the good and moral thing. I for one won't be holding my breath waiting for this to happen.

Ahmed on :

To my opinion it is not unrealistic for US & EU to put pressure on Sudan to comply with the UNSC resolutions 1591&1593. At least, there has to be a sort of mandate that allows the protection of civilians. It is the moral imperative of us all and those nations who categorically denounce human rights violation. There are other ways than military contribution, to name a few divestment, smart sanctions, travel restrictions of the top architects of war crimes and crimes against humanity and the list can go on.

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