Not on my watch …

 Sleepless in Sudan reports:

There are so many people fleeing from the new attacks on villages that all we can do is scramble to keep up with registrations and emergency distributions for the new arrivals: people are coming to the camps, particularly the bigger ones clustered around state capitals, in droves.

Families – mostly women and children – have just plopped themselves down underneath some shady trees with their meagre bundle of belongings, usually some sleeping mats and a few old cooking pots. They hang their clothes and blankets in the branches and wander around the camp looking for the rest of their family and their tribe. It’s obvious they need services – food, water, medical attention – but when you speak to them all that they ask for is security. "It’s good to be here. No we are safe."

Jack Straw, at the UN Summit on 17 September:

I believe that it will be the agreement on our Responsibility to Protect that will be seen in the future as the decision of greatest significance. If we follow through with that Responsibility to Protect, then never again will genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity be allowed to take place under our noses with nothing done.

3 thoughts on “Not on my watch …”

  1. What to do though, eh?

    The UN are completely useless since, having failed to declare it a genocide, they are not compelled to intervene. Even if they did intervene, they will be as precisely useless in Darfur as they were in the Balkans, Rwanda, etc.

    But then, of course, none of us would want to act unilaterally, would we? Because that would be bad and wrong (and logistically impossible at present).

    DK

  2. What to do though, eh?

    The UN are completely useless since, having failed to declare it a genocide, they are not compelled to intervene. Even if they did intervene, they will be as precisely useless in Darfur as they were in the Balkans, Rwanda, etc.

    But then, of course, none of us would want to act unilaterally, would we? Because that would be bad and wrong (and logistically impossible at present).

    DK

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