Thursday, January 12, 2006

Annan Wants US to Use Force

I’m not necessarily against this, but oh what irony.

Annan wants US, Europe to consider force in Darfur

The United Nations is considering a tough mobile force to police Sudan's Darfur region and hopes the United States and European military will help stop the bloodshed, rape and plunder, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Wednesday.

Bloodshed, rape and plunder are not enough. According to precedent, there must be WMD.

"Obviously the international community cannot allow that situation to go unaddressed, and in all likelihood will have to look at other options, including possibly the U.N. working with the African Union to address the situation."

Unlike Iraq, where it was fine for the international community to allow the situation to go unaddressed because half of the world, plus the UN, was on the take.

Asked if this would include rich countries, like the United States and European nations, Annan said, "Those are the countries with the kind of capabilities we will need, so when the time comes, we will be turning to them."

Well Hells Bells! Why not just Europe? I think a French led operation would be best.

"We will need very sophisticated equipment, logistical support. I will be turning to governments with capacity to join in that peacekeeping operation if we were to be given the mandate," he said.

Will the US taxpayer get a ‘thank you’ this time? I suspect more America-bashing will be our thanks. I wonder if there is enough 'Oil-For-Food' cash floating around for the UN to buy it's own logistical support.