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February 13, 2008

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Charles Liu

That Mia Farrow is out of her mind.

After so many years of inaction and indifference by the West, we suddenly want to blame Darfur on China? There are many countries to blame, starting with US support of the SPLA and John Garang 10 years ago:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Darfur+CIA+early+involvement

At any rate the original Darfur mess has since been replaced with inter-tribal conflict and herdsmen fighting for territory. Neither Khartoum nor Beijing has much influence over that.

China is simply a scapegoat.

Eddie

As Charles points out, it is rather uncontrollable on the ground. The UN mission is a joke with poor planning and an incomprehensible mission.

Nevertheless, China and the US both bear serious responsibility here. Both could work together, but instead, we get conflicting agendas that only crash into each other now and then.

China is going to learn the hard way in Africa. The US still manages to learn the hard way, in Kenya, in Somalia, with AFRICOM. Own goals are our speciality, and Dar Fur's slow, agonizing death in the maelstrom of chaos years of inaction and indifference created is just one more.

Good post though. I have no doubt the Burmese will stir up again before and during the Olympics. For that matter, perhaps North Korea? It will be an ominous and auspicious time.

A.E.

Speaking of AFRICOM, Eddie, you hear that they can't get a base in, well, Africa?

A.E.

Charlie, agree that Darfur isn't entirely China's fault, but their backing gives Khartoum no incentive to settle.

Jay

Hey Adam. From what I've read Liberia was essentially turned down as a host to Africom by the US. Odd.

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