Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir rejected the deployment of UN peacekeeping troops in his country’s war-torn Darfur region during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “Justice is and remains our objective but through our diplomatic, political and other means… that’s why we reject this position,” al-Bashir said at a press conference in Havana, where he and Annan are attending the Nonaligned Movement’s summit
The prime minister called on Sudanese leaders to stop military action in the area and said he did not understand why they had rejected plans for a UN force. As many as 200,000 people are thought to have died in three years of fighting and Mr Blair urged the world not to “just watch as this tragedy deepens”.
I’m sure it doesn’t take long to figure it out Mr Blair. Brashir is a blatant murderer of his own people and it is time he is called out as such. He allows the people of Darfur to continue getting raped and murdered and displaced from their homes. Maybe we could ask China, home of the next winter Olympics, supplier of arms to the janaweed, and pillar of human rights that they are, for help – yet again. They do own almost half of the Oil there. Gee we could sure use their cooperation now couldn’t we?
I realize divesting in China is not as easy as divesting in The Sudan. In fact it is impossible without significant economic casualty, but seriously take that Winter Olympics out of the hands of China or at least find out how much they actually paid the Olympic committee for that right and see what happens.
Can the world leaders not just step up, and call a spade a spade, and Brashir and his conspirators murderers? Call them out .
Eric Reeves was right last may when he said in an interview with TNR last may.
Here, then, is what the people of Darfur are being asked to believe: that a piece of paper signed in Abuja marks a change of heart within a regime of genocidaires that has never abided by any agreement it has ever made with any Sudanese party; that these genocidaires, having been effectively granted veto power over U.N. actions in Darfur, will permit the United Nations to take actions that would end the killing; that Moscow and Beijing, loyal defenders of the National Islamic Front, will soon abandon their old allies in Khartoum and allow U.N. troops to deploy with an appropriate mandate; that, while waiting for a U.N. force that is either not coming or is likely coming without the tools to stop the genocide, an existing African Union mission that has failed to protect Darfuris for two years will suddenly protect them now. In short, they are being asked to accept the genocidal status quo. Never has it been more obvious that only NATO military action can save Darfur. The people of Darfur have been waiting for help for three years.
If working through the United Nations is the best the international community has to offer, they will be waiting for a long time to come.
Call them out and then send in the big guns or stop trying to pretend you intend to stop this genocide.