November 11, 2005

BAD ENEMIES TO MAKE:

U.S. Official Tours Damage in Darfur: Sudanese Aide Tries to Block Briefing (Emily Wax, November 11, 2005, Washington Post)

With the debris of a burned village crunching underfoot and African Union soldiers on guard, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick toured a hauntingly empty stretch of Sudan's war-torn Darfur region Thursday, seeing firsthand the violent devastation that continues here nearly three years after conflict broke out.

But the visit degenerated into an angry confrontation when a Sudanese official tried to prevent Zoellick from speaking with African Union monitors, shouting in his face repeatedly. Zoellick held his ground, while startled monitors moved closer, momentarily concerned that a fight might break out.

The incident was reminiscent of a July meeting in Khartoum, the capital, between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Sudan's president, Lt. Gen. Omar Hassan Bashir. Sudanese secret police roughed up several aides to Rice, including her translator, as well as foreign journalists trying to cover the meeting.

Rice demanded an apology, and senior Sudanese officials eventually complied.


How did making a geo-political conflict personal work out for Saddam?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 11, 2005 8:28 AM
Comments

Nothing in Darfur (or Sudan, for that matter) will change until hundreds (perhaps thousands) of Sudanese are killed by Americans, preferably in a single night. And if we nail Mugabe on that same night, Turtle Bay will be in a tizzy for months.

But freedom and mercy will be standing strong.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 11, 2005 9:40 AM
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