Crisis? What crisis? Darfur
- The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- The classical strategy.
- The first of these fears.
- The second fear.
- The belligerents have strategic interests at a global level.
- A nuclear limited war could lead to an escalation to the catastrophic situation of an all out conflict.
Is there a crisis in Darfur? This question looks at first sight rather provoking; everybody is aware of what is happening there. It is one of the main international hot spots. All the more so as the horrible events in Darfur are everything but new. However, this conflict takes place while the world looks the other way. Will Darfur just be another example of the United Nations Organization's weakness? The articles we studied are mainly extracted from the newspaper The Economist. They all denounce the international passivity facing a human tragedy and its incapacity to pick up the gauntlet. What is happening in Darfur? How are theoretical guidelines, inspired by human rights and democracy, practically implemented? Why do policymakers and international organizations all look useless? Is the UNO a smokescreen framework which permits to the States to forget basic principles of political duty, when mankind is threatened? Is there an opportunity to put principle into practice, so as to leave this deadlock situation? Firstly, Darfur is the place where an awful tragedy is spreading. In the second part, we will try to understand the international passivity itself, which borders at first sight on pure irrationality. First and foremost, Darfur's tragedy has been going on for three years and a half; slaughters, rapes and civil refugees are increasing day-by-day. A historical and geographical view is likely to be helpful to seize the current situation. Sudan is a former British colony, which reached its independence in 1966. This largest country in Africa has no easy access either to the Red Sea or Indian Ocean.
[...] Already contesting American imperialism, they could consider Darfur as an excuse to continue the civilization struggle on other grounds. Public opinion is rather in favour of intervention, some notice a rising tide of sympathy, but obviously there is not a hard-hitting mobilization. Like it or not, no prominent demonstration has been made. No one wants to pick up the torch of Darfur's tragedy. This is the reason why no clear blueprint has been made currently. To sum up, Darfur is stroke by genocide for three years and a half. [...]
[...] The Arab League should pay, but Darfur is still waiting for the money. Then, the AU contingent just protects camps and NGOs. A rough estimate figures between 200,000 and 2 million refugees. In the meantime, aid convoys are regularly attacked. They pay through the nose for common immobility wriggling out from basic principles. The AU mandate should have ended in September 2006. It is rather a backburner issue. Regarding international law, one can notice Blue helmets' intervention is impossible in an internal conflict, if the government does not ask for UN help. [...]