Saying All The Right Things…

The New York Times reports this morning that President Bush has dispatched his assistant secretary of state for African affairs, Jendayi E. Frazer, to visit Khartoum in an effort to convince the government to allow the deployment of a UN force in Darfur. Seeing as this visit comes on the heels of countless such efforts on the part of other officials from the UN and elsewhere, the chances that this latest gambit will succeed where the others failed are less than slim.

Frazer’s visit comes in the immediate wake of Sudan rebuffing a Security Council invitation to discuss the resolution that would create an international force. “We thought we were offering them a golden opportunity on Monday to come and talk on the resolution before we took further action,” said Mr. Effah-Apenteng, the Ghanian Security Council president for August. The invitation was extended because of repeated claims by Sudan that it was not being adequately consulted. It should came as no surprise to anyone who has been following this slow-rolling genocide the past few years that the Khartoum government is concerned with consulting the international community only insofar as it delays decision-making at the UN.

Of much more interest, and encouragement, is what Frazer said before embarking on her journey: “We cannot allow foot-dragging at the U.N. or be held hostage to the Sudanese government’s refusal to allow U.N. peacekeepers to keep us from taking morally just and humane action in Darfur.”

Let us hope that, at last, our actions are in accord with our words.

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