NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR COMMENT ON ONGOING DARFUR GENOCIDE, EXPORT OF CRISIS

December 15, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In a commentary 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 genocide in Darfur as well as warn of the recent exportation of the crisis to countries neighboring on Sudan.

The authors lament that “those who have followed the unfolding of this tragedy have taken a sickening roller coaster ride: every announced ‘breakthrough’ has been followed by a plummet into depths of ever-greater despair” and offer this conclusion: “Ideally, the UN Security Council, noting the impact on Chad that the Darfur crisis has already had, would invoke its Chapter VII authority to deploy international peacekeepers without Khartoum’s leave—rescuing the world body’s tattered credibility in the process. Failing that, a ‘coalition of the willing’ or one courageous nation should speak up for our common humanity in what is apparently the only language [Sudanese President] Omar al-Bashir and his colleagues understand, that of force… Such steps may violate Sudan’s notional national sovereignty, and would therefore offend ‘experts’ wedded to state stability—even when it means accommodating undeniably evil regimes—at all costs. But what is that in contrast to the blazing firestorm of genocide?”

The article by the two professors, “’Tis the Season in Darfur,” can be accessed online by clicking here.