Tim Blair


New Criterion



Thursday, September 23, 2004
The UN is prepared to use the word 'genocide' in relation to the Sudan, at least hypothetically, but France has yet to give permission to Auntie's Sally Sara to attribute responsibility to the Sudanese government.

Sally is currently risking her life in the badlands of Darfur to bring us pictures that belie her story.

For Sally and her Auntie,
The crisis in Sudan continues with Sudanese rebels refusing to lay down their weapons, despite desperate calls for peace in the blood soaked Darfur region, where up to 50,000 people have been killed in the violence.

The rebels are fighting against pro-Government militias that have driven more than one million people from their homes. Peace talks have been suspended and the attacks are continuing.
The film Sara sends back shows the armed rebels operating defensively against the janjaweed. It doesn't show the Sudanese government's role in support of the janjaweed, but "African leaders have urged Khartoum to stop bombing Darfur", and the implausibility of free-lance killers and rapists being able to do the damage that is being done in Darfur speaks for itself.

Canada also refuses to use the 'G' word. If you can speak French you understand that homicidal monsters have feelings that must be respected.

The aid agencies support the big lie: Oxfam prefers "suffering", others find "crisis" more to their taste.

It seems beyond question that, short of large-scale military intervention that the usual suspects on the UN are preventing, a dollar spent on arms for the Darfurians would save more lives than the dollar that keeps them corraled in camps, set up for more Sudanese government mayhem.

The UN, it is clear to any objective observer, does not oppose genocide, it manages it in the interests of the anti-US majority and their Security Council allies.