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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Darfur: US Doing Some, The UN Shuts Eyes

Why does the following remind me of the Red Cross allowing themselves to be deceived in the Nazi concentration camps?

November 9, 2004: Troops have closed most of the roads in southern Darfur, and apparently are trying to force more refugees to return home. Another UN investigation team has arrived, and has twelve days determine if genocide took place. The government apparently plans to stonewall this group, then depend on its allies on the UN Security Council to halt any move to condemn the Sudanese government for mass murder. While about 70,000 people have died in Darfur so far, the death toll will climb much higher if food aid is continually slowed down, or halted for tribes forced back to their burned out villages.

November 8, 2004: Bending to African Union criticism, the government has agreed to halt forcible movement of refugees back to their burned out villages and farms.

Meanwhile, the US is getting a bit done, though it's impossible to do enough, without real support by the "international community," http://www.intel-dump.com/archives/archive_2004_11_07.shtml#1100025506 , via Phil Carter

Abraham McLaughlin and Duncan Woodside report in the Christian Science Monitor on the support being provided right now by the U.S. Air Force's 322nd Air Expeditionary Group — which has roughly 125 personnel conducting airlift operations in support of the African security initiative in the Sudan. The Monitor reports that the support is entirely logistical in nature — and that the U.S. is deferring to its African allies on all things operational. So far, the arrangement appears to be working.

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