Monday, July 14, 2008

Darfur update

Sudanese president and "Gordon" on Sesame Street, Omar al-Bashir.

The United Nations is set to begin withdrawing non-essential staff from its 10,900-person mission to Sudan's troubled Darfur region, as reprisals against the international organization loom following the indictment on genocide charges of the country's leader.
First off, the UN isn't nearly as powerful as it should be. That said, trying to end the violence is a lost cause unless one of the following happens.
1) The rebel groups and Sudanese government come together and agree to end the war.
2) They do that after an entity more powerful than the UN intervenes.
Sadly, both of these endings to the story currently seem unlikely.

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