Wednesday, August 01, 2007

UN Approves Darfur Peacekeeping Force: Today's Cartoon

Better late than never I guess... After four years of fighting and over 200 thousand lives lost, the United Nations has finally approved a peacekeeping mission for the war-torn region of Darfur.

The objective of this mission is to quell the violence between rebel tribes and the Sudanese government and to protect the millions of displaced and starving civilians that have resulted from this conflict; and yet with a force of only 26 000 (mostly African) peacekeepers to enact this optimistic agenda, one might suspect that Donald Rumsfeld was working for the United Nations.

While the operation to Darfur has been hailed as the largest peacekeeping effort in the world, all anyone has to do is look at the lack of effort everywhere else to realize that this distinction practically given by default. And while I am certainly hopeful that peace can be achieved in the Sudan, I think the only way the U.N. can enforce a ceasefire in that part of Africa is to commit a larger multinational peacekeeping force to the region, while threatening to impose sanctions if Sudan fails to cooperate.

Failing that, they could always just make it a part of the Middle East and slowly back away.

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