Boondoggle

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Please be nice, Mr. Genocidaire

From the Department of Fat Chance:

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir should cooperate fully with whatever decision the International Criminal Court, or ICC, issues regarding his case and ensure the safety of civilians and U.N. peacekeepers in Sudan.

Pretty please don't make things even worse for us.

Pretty please don't make things even worse for us.

Even if he wasn’t a genocidal dictator who has clung resolutely to power for 20 years by employing ethnic-based massacres as a political tool, I don’t think it’s very likely that Bashir would simply hand himself over to be tried in The Hague. That said, Bashir is a genocidal dictator who has clung resolutely to power for 20 years by employing ethnic-based massacres as a political tool, so I think it even less likely that he will utterly refrain from harassing UN peacekeepers and humanitarian organizations — nothing has stopped him, after all, from doing so even when the international community was explicitly censuring him for it — and act “very responsibly.”

I know the S-G was pretty much bound to say something in this tricky situation, and that that something was pretty much bound to be a hollow pronouncement, completely trapped as he is between his inability to affect the ICC’s decisions and his inability to affect the Sudanese government’s response. One might add, if one finds cynicism gratifying, his inability to affect the situation on the ground in Darfur, but that is not the point here.  Ban finds himself in the same awkward position as the rest of us Darfur-watchers — sitting on his ass waiting to see what the ICC will do and how Bashir will react.  Hopefully he’s preparing for the worst.

(image from flickr user Ammar Abd Rabbo under a Creative Commons license)

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February 11, 2009 - Posted by | Darfur, UN | , , ,

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