With news that the largest UN peacekeeping force in the world will be coming to the Sudanese region of Darfur I am sure that George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Pat Robertson, Benyamin Netanyahu, Glenn Beck and others will all be happy now.
I just have one question myself; there have been 200,000 people die in the conflict in Darfur, yet there were millions who died in the conflicts in Congo and Rwanda before that, and where were all of these people calling for intervention at that time? I also seemed to not notice these people rushing to Liberia now that I think of it with their murderous born-again Christian leader Charles Taylor running things ( and as a matter of fact Pat Robertson still defends his ex business partner).
Is this really a UN mission to save the people of Darfur or is it a mission to create a Western military presence in an area that is seen as a potential source of Muslim hostility towards the West and to weaken a strong leader such as Omar al-Bashir? If the Congo would have been a Muslim nation with oil and a leader with strong deen would the same thing have happened?
I think we should see through all of the rhetoric in the meeting and recognize two things; the issue at hand is the exploitation of an internal Sudanese political problem in order to intervene in a nation that has the potential to economically prosper due to the energy resources the nation has, and that instead of sending troops to intervene the international community should be trying to bolster the Sudanese government and give them military aid so that they can control groups of bandits seeking power such as those in Darfur and in this matter the only voice of reason has been that of China.
Think I am wrong? Look at the cast of Characters leading the Darfur fight and find for me the record they have in Africa before this. Then ask yourself this question; do any of thse people want to see another strong Muslim nation with oil?