Headline: Sudan pledges to work with U.N. Darfur force (Please continue once you stop laughing.)
Strong action on Darfur is only about three years too late, so it probably doesn’t matter that this resolution represents anything but “strong action”. A couple of highlights:
The mission will be able to use force to protect civilians and the world’s biggest aid operation, but the resolution was watered down and no longer allows troops to seize illegal arms. There was also no threat of sanctions if Sudan fails to comply.
The U.N. resolution authorizes up to 19,555 military personnel and 6,432 civilian police, although it could take many months to get countries to send them.
I can only imagine how the Baby Blue Pith Helmets will be completing their missions when they finally arrive in February 2008.
UN Peacekeeper: Hey, you! That weapon’s classified as illegal! Um…well, I’m not allowed to seize it, so…er…drop that weapon and neither of us can pick it up!
Ex-Janjaweed raider: And if I don’t agree?
UN Peacekeeper: Um, if you don’t put that down, I’ll file your name in my weekly report!
Ex-Janjaweed raider: Righty-o. [Straps illegal weapon to his back.]
UN Peacekeeper: Um. Hmmm. Well, if you’re going to be using that, do you mind if I tag along? They want me to try to monitor those things…