Sudan, I've Been Wondering Why This Hasn't Been Mentioned

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    I have seen so few articles and no posts on what has happened in the Sudan, probably because the press is determined not to give GW an inch of copy that isn't negative. However, the NYT is having a bit of credibility problems, so one of it's most virulent administration critics came out with something this morning:

    via Glenn Reynolds:

    http://www.instapundit.com/archives/015810.php

    May 29, 2004
    NICHOLAS KRISTOF WRITES:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/29/opinion/29KRIS.html

    I doff my hat, briefly, to President Bush.

    Sudanese peasants will be naming their sons "George Bush" because he scored a humanitarian victory this week that could be a momentous event around the globe — although almost nobody noticed. It was Bush administration diplomacy that led to an accord to end a 20-year civil war between Sudan's north and south after two million deaths.

    If the peace holds, hundreds of thousands of lives will be saved, millions of refugees will return home, and a region of Africa may be revived.

    But there's a larger lesson here as well: messy African wars are not insoluble, and Western pressure can help save the day. So it's all the more shameful that the world is failing to exert pressure on Sudan to halt genocide in its Darfur region. Darfur is unaffected by the new peace accords.


    Indeed. William Sjostrom http://www.atlanticblog.com/archives/001534.html#001534
    has some thoughts on why few people have noticed, or care. And here's a Sudan blog http://www.passionofthepresent.com/ that follows these issues.

    posted at 09:14 AM by Glenn Reynolds
     
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    Yes that is MAJOR news. Had Clinton done this it would be considered "The Greatest Diplomatic Effort" Ever. To stop any civil war in Africa is major. But to stop one in their largest country is Overwhelmingly positive. Even the UN for the most part ignores Africa cause they know they cant do anything about it.
     
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    Here's some links for those interested in the subject.

    Bush's Statement on the Sudan Peace Act, 10/2002
    Bush Signs Sudan Peace Act, 10/24/2002
    Bush Pushes For Sudan Peace Talks, 3/22/2004
    Bush Condemns Atrocities in Sudan, 4/7/2004
    White House Welcomes Signing of Peace Accords, 5/28/2004
    Peace Accords will improve Sudan, US ties, 5/28/2004

    This is definitely a good thing with the majority government in Sudan being Islamic. It further shows that Bush is NOT a War monger. War is the last resort and we tried every diplomatic option with no response from Iraq. We tried diplomatic options in sudan and they responded. So there is some hope that future nations, Iran, NK, Syria can be stopped with diplomatic options. However Diplomacy is weak when its not backed up with force. Those countries know that we are willing to bring in the military should diplomacy not work. That makes negotiations easier to do.
     

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