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        Wednesday, September 27, 2006
        Tough talk
        The Washington Post reports that the "U.S. tells Sudan: cooperate or expect confrontation" It’s not clear what "confrontation" entails. Still, it’s the toughest talk that came out of Washington regarding Darfur. I don’t know what is going to follow this tough talk if the unflinching Sudan government says "No" again.

        Tougher viewpoint
        Time published an article by Peter Beinart in the Viewpoint page (October 2, 2006) arguing that "Diplomacy hasn't stopped the genocide. It's time to give war a chance." The idea is for NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Darfur (it only takes 12-18 fighter jets based in Chad). If this doesn't work, the article suggests, bomb Khartoum. Here is where I part company with Mr. Beinart. What's the point of exchanging an innocent life in Darfur for another innocent life in Khartoum?

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        I much prefer Richard Gowan's argument for a "NATO for Africa".

        A formal commitment and a tailor-made institution to tackle Africa’s problems would be a valuable step towards preventing future Rwandas and Darfurs.

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