[quote]“The US has done more than anyone else in Darfur, and the Bush administration has done more than any other administration about Sudan,” says Nina Shea of the human-rights group Freedom House. The US has pledged nearly $200 million in aid to the region. The EU so far is kicking in a little more than $10 million - from all 25 countries in the EU combined. It is the US that is pushing hard for a tough UN Security Council resolution that will call on the Sudanese government to end its support for violence and allow aid to flow into Darfur. This is consistent with the administration’s history of involvement in Sudan.
There as yet is no “CNN effect” in Darfur, the sense of urgency that comes from international media attention. … The Muslim world has reserved its outrage for the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib, even though a spoonful of the same condemnation applied to Sudan could help save hundreds of thousands of Muslim lives. As for the UN, it recently welcomed Sudan onto the UN Human Rights Commission, where, with China and Cuba, it will have lots of nasty company.
Unfortunately, Sudan doesn’t make natural fodder for Bush-bashers, or we might hear more about the issue. For the President’s critics the word “diplomacy” means one thing - strong-arm Israel. And “multilateralism” tends to mean only appeasing France. So the administration’s diplomatic achievement in Sudan might as well not exist, and its effort to muster other international actors, from the UN to Europe, behind a multilateral diplomatic and humanitarian aid initiative in Darfur is ignored. I n this case, cries of “blood for oil” would have to be directed at China, which is obstructing diplomatic pressure on Sudan because of its oil business there ?so, predictably, there are simply no cries of “blood for oil.” [/quote]
Is the UN not a completely worthless collection of corrupt thieves?
Will the Europeans EVER agree to a multinational effort? I mean, they cried that the US should have built a multinational coalition to deal with Saddam… yet, here, when a new multinational effort is encouraged, one that has no special benefit to the US, the EU and the UN prove their worth once again. Worthless.