Tim Blair


New Criterion



Sunday, August 01, 2004
AUNTIE'S RESTRAINT over Sudan continues.

What in other circumstances would be called "ethnic cleansing", even genocide, by any red-blooded communard, has to make do with the softer label of "conflict".

And the charade of pretending that African states could or would do anything about it.

Some reports have found the anti-Bush angle that may make action on Sudan acceptable to the left. The watery UN resolution, made so by the Arab states and their clients, has been described as "US-drafted".

This hasn't placated Sudan's foreign minister who expected the more leisurely approach favoured by Kofi Annan in Rwanda, and
complained that while the deal with Mr Annan gave the Sudanese Government up to
90 days to deliver on its commitments, the resolution cut that period by a