It’s not that often we get to see two of our favorites in action – the ICC and UN. We don’t see too much about Darfur over here in the MSM since there are more critical things to worry about like where Bobby Jindal was in Sept 05 or whether Rush said anything “controversial” yesterday. But at least someone across the pond is providing some news – and it’s not good.
After 8 months of study, the ICC is getting ready to charge Sudanese President al-Bashir with war crimes. (And you thought Bush, Cheney, and Rummy were at the top of their list.) Sudan’s response is to start chasing away whatever relief workers were crazy enough to be there in the first place. The UN peacekeeping forces obviously aren’t doing jack, other than maybe raping some children, and the UN just keeps issuing resolution after resolution. Hmm, haven’t I heard that somewhere else?
So what does Obama do? He did what any good President would do when there’s a tough decision to be made – he discussed it with George Clooney and promised he’d appoint an envoy. Whew! That solves THAT problem, doesn’t it?
In case you’re wondering what Obama had to say about Darfur during the campaign, luckily he still has it posted for us to review.
Stop the Genocide in Darfur: As president, Obama will take immediate steps to end the genocide in Darfur by increasing pressure on the Sudanese and pressure the government to halt the killing and stop impeding the deployment of a robust international force. He and Joe Biden will hold the government in Khartoum accountable for abiding by its commitments under the Comprehensive Peace Accord that ended the 30 year conflict between the north and south. Obama worked with Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) to pass the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act in 2006.
Obama also covered it in the second Presidential debate.
And the strains that have been placed on our alliances around the world and the respect that’s been diminished over the last eight years has constrained us being able to act on something like the genocide in Darfur, because we don’t have the resources or the allies to do everything that we should be doing.
That’s going to change when I’m president, but we can’t change it unless we fundamentally change Sen. McCain’s and George Bush’s foreign policy. It has not worked for America.
Let’s take the example of Darfur just for a moment. Right now there’s a peacekeeping force that has been set up and we have African Union troops in Darfur to stop a genocide that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
We could be providing logistical support, setting up a no-fly zone at relatively little cost to us, but we can only do it if we can help mobilize the international community and lead. And that’s what I intend to do when I’m president.
Hey, I know! If George Clooney has ever cheated on his taxes, perhaps Obama can name him special envoy to Sudan/Darfur!