Like a “human rights activist” scorned:
And then there is Darfur–where, since 2003, government-supported militia have left 300,000 dead and 2.7 million people internally displaced. The situation was so dire that in April 2007, Susan Rice, now the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, wrote, “The U.S. should press for a Chapter VII U.N. resolution that issues Sudan an ultimatum: accept unconditional deployment of the U.N. force within one week, or face military consequences . . . If the U.S. fails to gain U.N. support, we should act without it as [we] did in 1999 in Kosovo.” The International Criminal Court then issued arrest warrants for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the first for a sitting head of state, and other Sudanese leaders implicated in the atrocities in Darfur.
Through all of this, we have been waiting and wondering what the outcome would be to save the people of Sudan and help break the cycle of impunity.
The Obama administration recently unveiled its new policy of engagement with Sudan, aimed first at securing the full implementation of the treaty that ended the north-south Sudanese civil war. While the administration maintained it will not deal with al-Bashir or any other official charged with arrest, it has not yet announced any serious moves to enforce the decision of the ICC and execute its warrants.
There will be pressure on the United States and its partners to bring stability to Sudan, even at the expense of criminal accountability. Regardless of the rationale, the end would be the same: victims left without justice while perpetrators walk away.
Angelina, sweetie—they don’t vote. Trust me, if ACORN could register Darfurians, they would, faster than you can say “janjaweed genocide” (three times, fast), but they can’t. So “victims left without justice” get what the rest of us get who don’t trust, believe, like this president of ours: a heaping, steaming pile of bubkes.
I’m sorry. And I have a shoulder to cry on if you need one.
Mia Farrow is similarly disillusioned (sorry, honey, no shoulder for you):
The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress today released the following statement in reaction to news that the government of Sudan had arrested several members of the opposition political party, the SPLM:
“It was fanciful of the United States and other donor nations to think that the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), which has ruled Sudan with an iron fist and tolerated no peaceful dissent, would suddenly loosen its grip and allow peaceful elections and their necessary precursor: peaceful freedom of assembly,” said Enough Co-founder John Prendergast. … “President Obama should recognize that any benchmarks-based policy of incentives and pressures will have no credibility unless consequences are imposed immediately when such an obvious benchmark like today’s denial of a basic element of the existing North-South peace deal — freedom of assembly for the elections — has been violated.”
We’ll excuse the convoluted syntax—but the wooly-headed thinking is inexcusable. President Obama can recognize only his reflection in the mirror, nothing else.
BTW, I don’t include the link, because Mia has the tendency to post upsetting pictures of starving and deformed children—I understand why, even if I don’t approve—as well as one-sided and ignorant attacks on Israel—which I understand (bleeding hearts tend to bleed a lot less for bleeding Israelis) and don’t approve.
Why am I so dismissive of well-intentioned, big-hearted people, with nothing but kindness and empathy in their souls?
Oh, I don’t know. You tell me:
THE NON-GOVERNMENTAL human rights watchdogs that were created to offset the unethical behavior and biases of anti-democratic governments, have become accomplices. Superpowers like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), and similar groups work closely with and support the agendas of the UNHRC and other international frameworks.
They joined officials from Arab countries in campaigning on behalf of the Goldstone Report. Instead of speaking truth to this blatant abuse of power, officials of these self-proclaimed human rights groups are part of the problem, and most journalists blindly follow their lead. The past year has seen even greater cooperation between the UN and NGOs in distorting human rights values beyond recognition. Human Rights Watch was caught raising funds from wealthy members of Saudi Arabia’s elite. Instead of leading the campaign against the abuses imposed by the Wahhabi religious police, this “watchdog” hosted a member of the Shura council at a dinner which featured more Israel-bashing and sinister warnings of the power of the “pro-Israel lobby.” And HRW’s “senior military analyst” and author of numerous attacks on Israel was suspended, while questions were raised regarding his professional qualifications and credibility.
In parallel, Amnesty International and other groups continue to warp human rights and international law into ideological platforms for fighting Western democracy and open societies. Like HRW, a highly disproportionate percentage of Amnesty’s reports and campaigns focus on criticizing the United States and NATO countries for alleged infractions in Iraq and Afghanistan, while terrorists and their state supporters get relatively little attention.
BUT IN 2009, there were also some signs that the “halo effect,” which protects human rights frameworks from scrutiny and criticism, has begun to deteriorate. Robert Bernstein, the founder of HRW, published an op-ed in the New York Times in which he denounced his own organization for betraying its moral principles. Although HRW officials launched a campaign to discredit Bernstein and other critics, the charges are too serious to be ignored, and HRW will need an entirely new and unbiased leadership to restore its credibility.
In addition, the April 2009 attempt to reproduce the catastrophic 2001 Durban NGO Forum – in which 1500 radical NGOs used a UN anti-racism conference to promote anti-Semitism – was defeated. Canada led the way, and this process highlighted the need to redesign the entire UN human rights structure.
I don’t have any clever or conclusive remarks about Darfur, or any of the other butt-holes of humanity for that matter. If President Obama can pretend they don’t exist, so can I. And I’ll be damned if I can think of a single “consequence” (as the director of the Enough Project calls for above) that people would be willing to impose that would change a damn thing.
We’re not willing, and Sudan won’t change. What else is on?
PS: Here’s what (how could I forget?):
I have been in Oslo, Norway the past few days working with the Oslo peace community in their opposition to Barack Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
I sat with my hosts and watched the speeches given by the Chairman of the Nobel committee (who seemed like he was going to bounce off the platform and float over to Obama and begin french kiss him in ecstasy), and the Laureate and we were shocked and appalled at the way the speeches gave legitimacy and Robber Class honor to the “necessity” of war.
The protests today were large, energetic, youthful, and angry! It is nice to see some international rejection of the “hope-nosis” that has been infecting our world with rosey-colored violence and gold-plated oppression.
I know it’s not original with her, but still…