Thursday, April 27, 2006

Countdown to Int'l Justice (Day 391)

The genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan continues unabated. While your oh-so concerned journalists breathlessly report on the displacement of 25,000 Iraqis and bemoan an acute malnutrition rate of 7.7% amongst Iraqi children, another 200,000 Sudanese have fled Darfur and severe malnutrition has jumped above 15% in recent months.

Clinics have seen a 20% increase in severely malnourished children since January, a spokesman for the UN children's agency, Unicef, said.

The surge in fighting has forced some 200,000 people to flee, bringing the total displaced to over two million.

Aid agencies last year managed to bring the malnutrition rate below the emergency threshold of 15% but south Darfur was seeing those figures again, Mr Chaiban said.

"Admissions to therapeutic feeding centre where severely malnourished children go are up by 20% since January. Admissions in the supplementary feeding centre where moderately malnourished children go are up by 50%," he said. - BBC

Fortunately, the United Nations has sprung into action and imposed sanctions on four people. Adam Yacub Shant, Gabril Abdul Kareem Badri, Gaffar Mohamed Elhassan and Sheikh Musa Hilal are now officially "in a box" constructed of that ever-effective UN paper work.

The war crimes suspects - Adam Yacub Shant, Gabril Abdul Kareem Badri, Gaffar Mohamed Elhassan and Sheikh Musa Hilal - would be subject to a ban on foreign travel and have any assets held abroad frozen.

The BBC's correspondent at the UN headquarters in New York, Laura Trevelyan, said it had taken weeks to get to this point and the sanctions could be difficult to enforce.

Russia and China, both permanent members of the Security Council with the power to veto the resolution, had initially opposed this move, but chose to abstain because the African nations supported the sanctions.

Even though it took weeks for the United Nations to decide to impose sanctions on four people, we should be thankful that Russia and China did not actively oppose these drastic measures. Apparently, they feel Osama Bin Laden will provide enough opposition to any attempt to stop the genocide in Darfur, at least for the time-being.

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden urged his followers to prepare for a long war against Western would-be occupiers in Sudan's Darfur region, according to an audiotape attributed to him and aired on Sunday.

"This is a continuous Crusader-Zionist war against Muslims. In this regard, I call on the mujahideen and their supporters in Sudan ... and the (Arabian) Peninsula to prepare all that is necessary to wage a long-term war against the Crusaders in western Sudan not in defence of the Khartoum government, even though our interests may be mutual, as our differences with it are great."

You'll have to excuse me for not having much hope for Sudan. We have a global for-profit media and intrasigently relativist academic industry that almost universally views Bin Laden and his ilk as the oft referenced "another man's freedom fighter". The United Nations won't even define the word terrorism. Most of Europe believes that fighting terrorists is addressing their grievances and capitulating to their demands. We have a Democrat Party that believes Osama Bin Laden is so popular because he builds schools, hospitals, and day care centers. The United States is having tremendous success in Iraq, but we are stretched thin in that effort. Meanwhile, the world sits idly by and either secretly plots or openly cheers for our defeat against terrorism.

SEE ALSO:

Countdown to International Justice (Day 195) 11 OCT 2005
Countdown to International Justice (Day 31) 03 MAY 2005
Countdown to Int'l Justice (Day 5) 07 APR 2005
Countdown to International Justice in Sudan (Day 1) 02 APR 2005

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