Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Not another Rwanda 

I've been meaning to comment on a post by Roger Simon for a couple of days, but I don't really have anything to add. So, "what he said." We can't let hundreds of thousands of people die when it could be relatively easy to change the course of things in Darfur.

The tragedy is that aggressive diplomatic pressure would have a good chance of working. In the past, Sudan's government has been pushed into expelling Osama bin Laden, negotiating with the southern rebels and signing a paper cease-fire in Darfur. The United States and its allies should press for a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding full and immediate humanitarian access. They should encourage Kofi Annan, the U.N. secretary general, to force the world's attention onto the crisis; a letter by Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) calling upon Mr. Annan to visit Darfur has attracted 45 signatures in Congress. And they should authorize the use of military escorts for emergency aid.

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