Friday, October 06, 2006

South Africa and Darfur

I see that South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance party has urged the government to influence the UN Security Council into taking a harder line on the genocide in Darfur.

Wishful thinking.

The South African government refused to take a harder line against the crisis in Zimbabwe, despite the fact that it has more influence on its northern neighbor and is directly affected by flows of political and economic refugees from the beleagured country.

Since the Mbeki government doesn't have the political guts take the initiative in a situation that affects them far more directly, then I can't see how they'd make a difference in far away Sudan.


At 1:27 AM, Blogger Jay McGinley said...

Bless you for your concern for Darfur.
Several of us have decided to begin a RESCUE DARFUR FAST. One of us began 5 days ago, and several others today. Links below for the details.
Nothing less than a worldwide fast-until-the-genocide-stops will be enough to stop it.
Nothing less will be a sufficient moral response.
Nothing less will preserve our humanity, yours and mine.
Please consider linking (below) to increase the visibility of this effort.
Jay McGinley
Day 134 Darfur Vigil at White House; Day 68 Rescue Darfur Fast (since July 4, 2006)
DARFUR Dying for Heroes (you would find this a helpful resource)
Stand With Darfur-White House II
Please consider linking here to increase the visibility of this effort.

At 9:13 PM, Blogger Imnakoya said...

Mr Mbeki has no African agenda and this is really selfish and disappointing. Didn't many African nations stood against apatheid during the dark years in SA? Why would the this country, the economic powerhouse of Africa, not pulling its weight on the continent? You mentioned not taking a hard line Zimbabwe, how about Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, etc. It is a big shame that a country like Rwanda has more troops in the Darfur AU peacekeeping force than South Africa. Are our Afrikan brothers awake at all?

ps: it would be great if you would open up the comments to non-blogger account holders.

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Stephen Bess said...

Great post! I'm hear to learn. My wife is from South Africa. I'll have to tell her about this to see what she thinks. Thanks!


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