At this time large scale bombings of Northern Darfur continue and there is a push from many advocacy groups for military action; this according to breaking news via The Sudan Tribune.
Will BAN KI-MOON be as ineffectual in Darfur as Kofi Annan was regarding Rwanda?
I hope we don’t have to wait much longer to find out.
In the meantime, this little bit of news being watched by The Sundanese Thinker
“An official with the Sudanese government said he expects a North Carolina military-training company to soon start working with security forces in the southern part of the country.
Blackwater USA, based in Moyock, N.C., could start training exercises within the next few weeks, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, head of mission in Washington for southern Sudan’s regional government, told The Virginian-Pilot.
State Department spokeswoman Nancy Beck acknowledged that Blackwater has a training proposal for the region but declined to comment on it. Blackwater would need a license from the State Department to offer security service overseas”
A private security firm / mercenaries.
This is a little disconcerting and I don’t know enough about it to make any comments except to say it’s pretty funny if we can send mercenaries to protect our interests but can’t do anything about the murder and rape taking place in Darfur.
Then there is the classified “Plan B” which special envoy to Sudan, Andrew Natsios, said would be put into play by the Bush administration should al-Bashir continued to make cooperation impossible.
If there is a plan B it is way past time it was pulled out.
Southern Sudan has it’s own problems, the end of a twenty-year civil war and the lack of promised reconstruction due by the situation in Darfur has given Southern Sudan reason to choose, by referendum in 2011, to secede.
In the meantime, according to the Sudan Tribune, good old Iran has stepped up to the plate to help their pals in Khartoum by selling weapons to them, and training their army to help stop the rebellion in Darfur.