Saturday, September 23, 2006

On Darfur, the world is all talk

Philadelphia Inquirer

As world leaders gather at the United Nations for the opening of the 61st General Assembly, the shadow of Darfur hangs over them all.

Tuesday, from the U.N. podium, President Bush again labeled the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Darfur a genocide. Yet the killing, conducted by Sudanese government forces and militias, is intensifying.

Sudan is blocking a proposed U.N. peacekeeping force of 20,000, which would have strengthened an unarmed observer force from the African Union. The 7,000 Africans are now set to leave by year’s end, depriving 2 million Darfurian refugees of their last shred of protection.

Presidents and premiers can drone on about the world’s responsibility to stop such atrocities, but the Sudanese government is making them look like fools. Read more >>>

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