Tuesday, April 18, 2006

The World And Darfur

On March 25 at a speech at Freedom House, President George Bush became the only world leader to state plainly that the atrocities in Darfur amount to genocide.

He then said it must be stopped and proposed allowing NATO to help support the African Union’s small force there.
Since that time, the world, the United Nations, the Muslim nations and the African nations have done … nothing.

In fact, a few days after the president’s speech, NATO head Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said that "Africans feel very strongly" that they should take care of problems on their own continent. So, he added, one "should be careful" about imposing oneself on them. "There is not yet the need for declaring a willingness for [NATO] to participate."

No doubt Africans should take care of their own problems but, as columnist Nat Hentoff notes, more than 300,000 Darfur Africans have been killed in the conflict and more than 2 million displaced, so there does appear to be something lacking in the African response. Read more >>>

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