Friday, April 01, 2005

All that – just for the ICC

I want to be really excited by this. Instead, I feel only a little bit of relief that the UN Security Council has finally passed a resolution dealing with war criminals in Darfur. Mostly though I feel like this step is much too little, and way too late. After an estimated 180,000 dead and 2 million displaced, finally having a resolution that only deals with trials for criminals is hardly the big step needed to stop the genocide. And the other two resolutions dealing with Sudan are also small steps. The travel restrictions and arms embargo are probably a little more meaningful. The other resolution, which will send 10,000 peacekeepers to Sudan, seems meaningful, but the peacekeepers will only be going to maintain the efforts of peace between southern rebels and the Sudanese government. There is no indication that the peacekeepers will have any role in the Darfur region of the Sudan. One of my big objections to the invasion of Iraq was that we were going at it alone and without the support of the international community. Now that I have seen the snail’s pace at which the UN works, I understand why the Bush administration didn’t want to wait for them. If only we had the troop strength (and the will) to go it alone in the Sudan also.