Saturday, August 07, 2004

Another Non-Revelation

The BBC tells us that a UN investigation has concluded that Khartoum is behind the Darfur killings; gee, is there anyone out there who still had any illusions on this score?

The United Nations investigator on executions has blamed Sudan's government for extra-judicial killings in the western region of Darfur.
"The government of the Sudan is responsible for... summary executions of large numbers of people," Asma Jahangir said in a report.
The UN investigator on executions said the killings amounted to crimes against humanity.
She added that "millions of civilians" caught up in the crisis were at risk.
Khartoum has denied supporting the Janjaweed rebels which is blamed for much of the violence.

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Ms Jahangir, a Pakistani human rights lawyer, said many of the atrocities were carried out by the Popular Defence Force, which is under the formal command of the Sudanese army.
She said it was frequently impossible to distinguish between the army, the Popular Defence Force and the Janjaweed militia which has been widely blamed for massacres.
The report says the Sudanese government appears oblivious to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur and described the persistent denial of the disaster by most government officials as "shocking".
"Such a reaction despite the huge international outcry would appear to indicate either complete disrespect for the right to life of the population of Darfur, or, at worst, complicity in the events," she wrote.
That last sentence is simply absurd - you've already concluded that the Sudanese government is behind the killing, so what's this rubbish about "at worst, complicity"? Does anyone really expect them to stop the killings while they're only half done? Maybe this is just some sort of UN bureaucratese that I'm unfamiliar with.

The ridiculous spectacle currently underway at the UN Security Council as to what to do about Sudanese actions tells me two things: it confirms me in the assessment that the UNSC is a completely morally bankrupt organization, to whom only fools and liars would ever seek to defer as if it were moral authority, and affirms my conviction that for all the posturing that is going on about Darfur, not a single one of the big powers really has any desire to do anything about it, the general hope and expectation being that 30 days will be enough time for the Sudanese government to get all the killing they want to do out of the way. Here we see international politics at its most inglorious.