Sunday, August 08, 2004

The Arab League: An Opportunity Lost

The arab league had a chance to put action behind all its rhetoric about being 'progressive' and 'democratic' and instead chose not to sanction another arab country for actions that in a few short weeks has completely dwarfed any ill deeds by Israel. This goes for the UN too: here we have a member state of a large voting bloc of arab countries that are protected by each other and the institution as a whole from embarrassment and sanction. As a result, the arab league and the UN are shown to be completely ineffectual.

PS: How is the disarmament of Iran going, Annan?

Arab League Rejects Sanctions on Sudan Over Darfur
Sun Aug 8, 2004 06:32 PM ET

By Amil Khan and Mohamed Abdellah
CAIRO (Reuters) - The Arab League said on Sunday it opposed sanctions against Sudan, which faces an unspecified U.N. embargo if it does not take action to rein in marauding militias in its western Darfur region.

Sudan has about three weeks left to show it is serious about disarming Arab militias in Darfur, where the United Nations estimates violence has killed 50,000, or face unspecified sanctions under a U.N. Security Council resolution.

I'm betting the embargo doesn't last a week. By the way, its interesting that in the Israeli-Arab wars, the UN was able to step in within hours to stop the fighting that was almost without exception, going Israel's way. Here we have a grace period for the arabs of 3 weeks to complete their slaughter before they have to stop. Wonder how long it would be if Palestinians were being slaughtered by marauding gangs of masked Israelis?

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