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President Bush on Darfur

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This morning, President Bush following up on Darfur with sanctions – good for him for upping the pressure. Please, please more.



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PatientWitness

posted May 29, 2007 at 10:38 pm


Right…sanctions…that should do it. US companies are already prohibited from doing business in the Sudan, though the list of commpanies still operating there can be found in comments under your Rage blog. Note that this list includes Exxon, which is drilling for the Chinese oil companies, and Hilton Hotels, which has 2 hotels in the Sudan. Having said this, I unfortunately do not have a better solution. The impotence of the UN never ceases to amaze me. Perhaps a massive airlift a la the Berlin airlift of 1948 – 1949 would be a short-term aid.



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Tom

posted May 30, 2007 at 4:59 pm


We obviously need the cooperation and help from other countries if realistic change is to happen in Darfur. And if the rest of the world is so clearly alienated by our government, how is this possible? The answer is that it is not possible right now. I know you re in Washington, David, but please look at this reasonably. At this point, it s more depressing to hear unrealistic speech.



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Alicia

posted May 30, 2007 at 7:02 pm


Perhaps China will take a hand in helping to put pressure on the Sudanese regime as a way of making amends for killing so many dogs and cats in the U.S. (Since China apparently does a great deal of oil-related business with the Sudan.)



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Usama

posted May 31, 2007 at 1:38 am


If you want to end the crisis in Darfur, then support the Khartoum govt by having them remove the Janjaweed and replace them with trained and equipped Sudanese troops with UN or other advisors.The Janjaweed are a result of the lack of funds and motivation to fund yet another Khartoum led military force to repel the Darfur rebel group SLA. The SLA is fighting for autonomy and secessionist rights, NOT to save their people.Khartoum generals are getting by through giving license to Janjaweed. Smart diplomacy would be like this: offer assistance, or allow someone to provide military assistance (Saudis or Egpytians) in exchange for Bashir giving up those generals who perpetrated this disaster.Otherwise, America through the UN is planning to assist SLA secession of Darfur in order to acquire the oil rights therein which is currently in China’s possession. And folks that support the UN intervention are falling into the plot laid out by Bush to gain control of the Darfur oil, and likely the East Chadian oil fields as well, all at the expense of the people. Good job folks.



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mEZ

posted May 31, 2007 at 4:30 am


No, Usama, once the Khartoum Arab government embraced the horrendous methods of the janjaweed, they lost any claim to moral rectitude in holding Darfur. And with a straight face you propose giving aid to Bashir so he won’t “have” to resort to the janjaweed? That is a shameful argument and a shameful proposal. Prior to the janjaweed, I supported Khartoum in maintaining territorial integrity over their territory. No longer. Actions have consequences.



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aquaman

posted May 31, 2007 at 9:45 pm


The current regime in Sudan is the most brutal the world has seen since Mao’s death. The Darfur genocide has finally called attention to it, but tragically, Darfur represents only a small fraction of the brutality wrought by the Khartoum regime. The notion that any civilized nation would train and equip the Sudanese military is offensive. Strong U.N. sanctions, similar to those in place against Iraq from 1991 to 2003, should be put in place immediately. If China uses its Security Council veto to block sanctions, Western countries should boycott the 2008 Olympics. Peace.



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