Krauss on Darfur Conflict: Time for Diplomacy is Over

If diplomatic efforts of both the United States and the United Nations are not enough to halt the genocide in Sudan and to keep it contained within that country's borders, then the time for diplomacy is over says Professor Michael Krauss. Writing in a TCS Daily op-ep, Krauss argues that spillover of Sudan's bloodshed into neighboring nations Chad and the Central African Republic intensifies the risk of destabilizing a region extending substantially beyond Sudan's borders and calls for use of force in place of diplomatic efforts.

'Tis the Season in Darfur, TCS Daily, December 15, 2006. By J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss.

"Ideally, the UN Security Council, noting the impact on Chad that the Darfur crisis has already had, would invoke its Chapter VII authority to deploy international peacekeepers without Khartoum's leave—rescuing the world body's tattered credibility in the process. Failing that, a 'coalition of the willing' or one courageous nation should speak up for our common humanity in what is apparently the only language Omar al-Bashir and his colleagues understand, that of force. Given the primitive nature of the Sudan regime's military forces, it would not require much to degrade its genocidal capacity at minimal risk through an escalating campaign aimed at airfields, military bases, armaments factories, and ultimately the ports through which it ships its only significant foreign exchange earner, oil. Such steps may violate Sudan's notional national sovereignty, and would therefore offend "experts" wedded to state stability—even when it means accommodating undeniably evil regimes—at all costs. But what is that in contrast to the blazing firestorm of genocide?"

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