NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR COMMENT ON ONGOING FAILURE TO TAKE EFFECTIVE ACTION IN DARFUR

November 8, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an op-ed published today by TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law comment on the ongoing failure of the international community, particularly the United Nations, to take effective action to halt the humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur even as “the crisis worsens with the end of the rainy season expected to bring a fresh round of attacks by Sudanese government forces as well as janjaweed in the coming weeks.”

The authors conclude: “More than three years after the killings started in Darfur, the international community faces a choice. It can continue to wander the corridors of never-never land in Turtle Bay, pretending to act while thousands die and congratulating itself on ‘genuine progress’ (the description of EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana) of its nonmeasures. Or it can gather a ‘coalition of the willing’ to use the modest amount of force necessary—enforcement of a no-fly zone over Darfur and selective degradation of Sudanese military assets used in the genocide—to justly and effectively halt Khartoum’s killing machine in its tracks.”

The essay by the two professors, “The Rainy Season’s Over; Killing Can Commence,” can be accessed online by clicking here.