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If a UN force enters the country with Sudanese consent, it will be a UN force too ineffectual to accomplish anything, just like the AU force. It may even end up fighting the rebels instead.
We need a large, heavily-armed NATO-led force of 50,000 troops or more that is prepared to go to war with the Sudanese government. The troops could come from countries as outlined below.
10,000 Asia, Latin America
5,000 Russia and Eastern Europe
These are admittedly not much more than wild guesses, but I think achievable with enough political will.
The US won't be able to send ground troops after the Iraq debacle, but might be able to help with logistical and air support. The UK will have to withdraw from Iraq in order to do this, and Canada would need to pull out of Afghanistan.
China is the main buyer of Sudanese oil, but I think they'd back down if the rest of the world was really serious about intervening.
Darfur was an independent state in precolonial times and there is no reason for it not to be again. After it is liberated, expect about 20,000 troops to remain for at least 10 years.
It was done in Bosnia. It was done in Kosovo. If it could work for white people, it can work for blacks.
Is China really the only obstacle in the way of a UN security resolution authorising this?
Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
Although to be fair, Russia isn't really all that much better, and perhaps it's wishful thinking to hope they would join in what would be, indeed, an invasion.
But again, they've been getting away with this because they know that neither Western nor Arab countries really give a rat's ass black African victims. Likewise, Russia backed Serbia for a long time, but retreated when it became clear intervention was finally going to happen.
Keep in mind that we are already too late to stop genocide in Darfur - it is a done deal, and over 400,000 are already dead. The question is how to stop it from spreading into Chad and CAR and turning the whole region into flames. We could have another Congo on our hands here very soon.
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