U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned Wednesday a Rwandan-style genocide may be in the making in Sudan and said international military force could be needed -- a suggestion at once rejected by the Khartoum government.But, as I alluded to in the title, we can't help if something goes down. Our military is stretched so thin, we could spare the units needed to help. Of course, I doubt Baby Bush would want to help...well, wait a minute, Sudan does have oil.
The U.N. chief issued his warning in a speech in Geneva on the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, in which about 800,000 died. He left no doubt he feared something similar might be under way in west Sudan, where U.N. officials say 'ethnic cleansing' is carried out.
'The international community cannot stand idle,' declared Annan, who has acknowledged more should have been done to halt the orgy of killing in Rwanda in 1994. 'The risk of genocide remains frighteningly real.'
Annan said humanitarian workers and human rights experts needed to be given full access to Darfur, a western region in Africa's biggest country, to administer aid to hundreds of thousands of people driven from their homes, many into neighboring Chad.
'They need to get to the victims,' Annan said in his speech to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
'If that is denied, the international community must be prepared to take swift and appropriate action. By action in such situations, I mean a continuum of steps which may include military action.'"