So. UK PM Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy say they are ready to travel together to Darfur to help end the bloodshed and famine that has claimed 200,000 lives. How so? Well, after a Franco-British mini-summit in Paris, the Prime Minister and the President announced a new diplomatic and economic initiative to try to halt the Sudanese civil war. If the initiative succeeded, they said they would go to Darfur,the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and to neighbouring Chad to ensure the "peace process is moving forward". Ah – ANOTHER peace process, I see. I bet you can guess what’s coming next!
Brown said Darfur was "one of the great, humanitarian disasters of our generation". "It’s happening even as we speak. It’s incumbent on the whole world to act," he said. "We will work for an immediate ceasefire on the ground. We will be prepared to contribute substantial sums in economic support as soon as a ceasefire makes it possible. We will be strong in saying, unless action is taken, we will be prepared to consider a toughening up of sanctions."( Note the lovely little "prepared to consider…" caveat)
What a load of codswallop this all is! This whole "soft power" mentality of the Eurocrats is doomed to failure. The killing frenzy of the Janjaweed will not be stopped by buying them off. It will be stopped by taking an effective combination of military and economic sanctions against the wicked Sudanese Government and its Janjaweed proxes. Responsibilty for this lies primarily with the mighty African Union. But then again, we know that the AU isn’t too bothered about genocide, if one considers its indifference to what Mugabe has been doing in Zimbabwe. Brown is off on a grandstanding tour of genocide land, trying to find ways to spend UK taxpayers money.