From The Scotsman
THE world is not doing enough to stop the "appalling" crimes of murder and rape in the Darfur region of Sudan, the United Nations? Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, told Security Council ambassadors yesterday.
... and they wonder why so many of us get irate at the mere mention of the United Nations. The "world" is not the problem here. The problem is the United Nations and their inability to do anything other than talk or point fingers.
They tell us that we should always defer to world opinion and yield to the authority of the United Nations. They are here, they constantly remind us to set the standards for acceptable conflict resolution. They accomplish nothing and it's past time they are held accountable.
Kofi Annan's proposal is to send 10,000 peacekeepers in to Darfur to monitor the situation. They would also be there to consider travel sanctions and an asset freeze on perpetrators of atrocities in Darfur, and decide whether an international court should hear cases of human rights offenders.
The UN has already dropped the possibility of oil sanctions from their list of possible punishments and the next item to fall will most likely be the asset freeze, as that may be the only way to get Russia and China to agree to the proposal.
I guess travel bans will be the big stick used to end the slaughter. I'm certain that will do the trick. Well that and more blue helmeted peacekeepers in Africa.
Call me cynical but while we wait on the United Nations shouldn't someone be arming the victims so at least they have a fighting chance?