What to Do About Darfur

I’m really not sure what should be done about the situation in Sudan. Genocide has been happening there for years, killing an estimated 200,000-400,000 people, but no one with any authority really seems to care. Today, a demonstration was held in Washington to urge the Bush Administration to take stronger measures to alleviate the murder in the country.

But the question is, what can be done? Negotiations with the Sudanese regime will likely go nowhere. Economic pressures and sanctions are useless.

The only way to stop the killing is through military action. Ideally, the UN would intervene, since genocide is automatically supposed to trigger action according to the UN Charter. But the UN, or at least most of the wealthy member nations, don’t care about the deaths in Sudan. The UN was forced to cut food aid to the region due to lack of donations from member states, particularly in Europe, where Italy was the only major European country to contribute.

So with no help from the UN and little concern from Europe, who are we left with? The United States, of course. We have shown some interest in the situation, donating $188 million to feed the starving residents of Sudan. Yet this doesn’t stop mass murder; only military action can accomplish this. Given that so many of our troops are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan (not to mention rising tensions with Iran), and the potential for a bloody occupation after the initial invasion, is military action wise? I don’t know.

Obviously, Bush needs to make a stronger case against the genocide in Sudan, and try harder to convince the UN and Europe to work towards ending it. Ultimately though, military action may be the only solution. Are we prepared to invade? This is a question I don’t have an answer for, although given Sudan’s clear terror ties, it would not be completely outside of our interests to do so.

UPDATE: Touche, Touche:


Via Passport

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Elsewhere: Darfur Daily News, Dean’s World, Phil Gallagher, and Erin Czarra

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