A good question posed by Jonathan Steele in Darfur in a Friday October 6, 2006 post at The Guardian: Be honest: the west isn’t sending troops to Darfur
Darfur was hardly heard of when the UN’s founding fathers drew up its charter in 1945. Unwittingly, they wrote seven paragraphs that offer the best mechanism for bridging the gap between Washington’s and Khartoum’s intransigence. Known as chapter eight, these allow the UN to subcontract peacekeeping to a regional organisation. Instead of the current wrangling over UN troops, why not let the UN give the AU a mandate for Darfur, while requesting that rich member governments, either western or Arab, fund a stronger AU-led force?