Saturday, August 26, 2006

The shame deepens

This week, though it seemed hardly possible, the shame of the world's indifference to mass rape and murder in the Sudanese region of Darfur has deepened.

The UN Security Council is considering yet another resolution to send peacekeepers to Darfur to protect the victims of the Sudanese government's depredations.

The government in Khartoum, dominated by Islamists, has dispossessed millions of black Sudanese of their land in the west, killing hundreds of thousands and using rape as a weapon.

And yet again, Khartoum has rejected the idea that UN peacekeepers might ever enter the country, cloaking its objections in complaints about colonialism and foreign interference in its domestic affairs. They prefer the African Union "peacekeepers" who are already there, under-equipped, under-manned and ineffectual.

That's how their own commander describes them. Read more >>>

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