Top United Nations officials failed to gain Sudan’s agreement to allow a technical team to plan the deployment of UN troops to the violent Darfur region as a Security Council deadline expired on Wednesday.
It is all for nothing of pressure is not put on the government of Sudan. This is not a case where treading lightly is going to do any good. We know the history of this country and this continent and we are nothing if not complicit in aiding this history to repeat itself. When does firm and immediate action take place? Why not immediately and firmly?
If the hastily prepared agreement was flawed, as some would argue due to want of a political one-upmanship on Hu Jintao, and if the kid-glove treatment meted out to the Sudan regime, which the Western press and opinion have been remarkably silent about, is just that than pressure should be firmer than ever. Will this then again be a token or will this stance of moral hostility toward the Khartoum continue and necessitate an immediate increased political action in order to provide immediate humanitarian relief.