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31 July 2007 @ 01:18 pm

The UN is sending a peace-keeping force to Darfur. 26,000.

While it is unfortunate that the outside world has to intervene, preventing further genocide is a much higher priority right now than trying to let the Sudanese learn how to be independent and responsible for the welfare of their country.
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Kburgunder on July 31st, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
I haven't read the details yet. Are you serious? Self-defense isn't allowed? I'm appalled. And I don't understand how a peace-keeping force can keep the peace without self-defense.

Gah, I hate my ignorance.
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Deirdreevillinn on July 31st, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
A question to Gwywnnydd that might lead to a recommendation to Burgunder -
Is the depiction of the peace keeping forces pretty accurate in Hotel Rwanda? Sounds like it was.

Burgunder - the movie is amazingly good, but sent me into an emotional tail spin for days after. I feel better informed for having watched it, but had i known what my response would be, I'd have bolstered myself better.
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Deirdreevillinn on July 31st, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Well, same note to you, then. Good movie, worth seeing, but be sure you aren't in an emotionally vulnerable spot when you see it.

Nick Nolte is the local head of the peace keeping team there. His hands are tied, and the entire movie shows his frustration at their limits. I really dislike Nolte, but hid did a good job with the role.

The movie really drove home some things about the Darfur situation, although there are some fundamental differences in the situations.
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Master Arsonist: OmgWtfBBQ!?!?!apostle on July 31st, 2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Da. It is fairly accurate from a political restraint position, which is why it got such favorable mention among the military types.
Vulturevulture23 on August 1st, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Of course, as always, this is really "up to 26,000 troops, if we can get UN countries to commit that many before the Sudanese gov't changes its mind (or the situation gets so much worse that the force won't help)". I'm very glad that this has gone through, but I'm too cynical to consider it a done deal until there's troops on station in Darfur (and the violence begins to subside as a result)...