June 9, 2005


NATO agrees to lend its help in Darfur (Judy Dempsey, 6/09/05, International Herald Tribune)

The U.S.-led military alliance, NATO, agreed Wednesday to provide military, logistical and planning support to the African Union as it prepares to assume a greater role in ending the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The decision by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization opens the way for its first mission to Africa, and was approved despite initial resistance by France and Belgium. As former colonial powers in Africa, both countries had insisted that any support for the African Union should come from the European Union and not from NATO.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 9, 2005 10:15 AM

Yes, I can see it now, the mighy French and Belgian armies marching triumphantly into eastern Africa, taking with them money (I guess Euros are money), food and supplies... well, maybe I can't, I'm not that immaginative this morning

Posted by: Dave W. at June 9, 2005 12:47 PM

I'm with France and Belgium on this one and NATO can bail them out sans the USA.

Posted by: Genecis at June 9, 2005 1:09 PM