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Monday, May 01, 2006

Paper Tiger:
   Sudan says No to UN troops??

Friday I alluded to the dissolution of the UN World Order, arguing that the self-serving national interests of the five veto-wielding are corrupting the UN's global mission, namely, preventing war. I also made reference to an article in the Weekly Standard archives by Michael Brandon McClellan that called the UN a Paper Tiger.

At a NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "said yesterday that NATO leaders have agreed to take on a more "robust" role in Sudan's Darfur region and urged other international bodies to prepare the way."


A senior U.S. official said that NATO would be "enabling collaborative efforts" of other international players and cannot do much before they make the first steps.

"We have to be able to get into Sudan," the official said, alluding to Sudan's refusal to let U.N. peacekeepers in.

Now, I certainly appreciate that it takes time to get agreement among the various members of the UN to tell Sudan, "tough. We are coming." But when we talk about Paper Tigers, when we decry that the UN oft gets held hostage by the vast majority of member countries who are governed by authoritarian rule themselves, are calls for dissolution really too strongly worded?


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