Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Tearing Down the UN

I haven't posted anything about John Bolton and since there are thousands posting about Harriet Miers, I figure I'll post a little blurb updating America about another Bush crony - John Bolton and his progress in destroying the United Nations.

He's now seen it fit to stop the UN from updating the world on the atrocities occuring in Darfur.

Here's a quote from a Reuters story:

"U.S. Ambassador John Bolton blocked a U.N. envoy on Monday from briefing the Security Council on grave human rights violations in Sudan's Darfur region."


Of course, Bolton says that he's doing this in the interest of doing something about Darfur as opposed to talking about it. Well, that sounds good, doesn't it?

Maybe not.

"Bolton, joined by China, Algeria and Russia, prevented Juan Mendez, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special adviser for the prevention of genocide, from briefing the council on his recent visit to Darfur, despite pleas from Annan and 11 other council members that Mendez be heard."

Well, maybe Bolton and his International Coalition of Extreme Violaters of Human Rights is right and everyone else is wrong.

However, perhaps talking about Darfur is exactly what the world needs right now? For one thing, most of the news from Darfur is outdated. It would be important to hear about any updates from Darfur and see how the situation has changed. Furthermore, the mainstream media has reported almost no stories about Darfur or the atrocities occuring there (www.beawitness.org). How can the world care enough to do something about it if it doesn't know about it? That's like trying to cure cancer without knowing how to cure it or what it is that needs to be cured. Clearly, the Bush administration isn't in the business of preventing - or in this case - ending genocides.

The fact is that while Bolton says he wants to do something about Darfur, the only countries that have joined with him in preventing these important discussions at the UN are Algeria, China and Russia. If these three countries are our Darfurian allies in stopping genocide, clearly we are no friends of the Darfur region in Sudan.

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