Max Boot, writing in the Jewish World Review, called for a private army
(mercenaries) to quell the violence. Even the normally dovish New York
Times has fantasized about NATO pushing its way in (as it did,
successfully, in Kosovo) without permission from Khartoum. A NATO force
is the most viable option, given that it already provides logistical
help--including airlift support and officer training--to a beleaguered
African Union force in Darfur, and because the NATO Response Force would
be capable of deploying thousands of troops is less than 30 days.
Back at the United Nations, meanwhile, newly elected Secretary General
Ban Ki-Moon has pledged to make Darfur "a priority" during his tenure.
Yet Ban--echoing the ambivalence of his predecessor, Kofi Annan--also
argues that he sees "no military solution" to the conflict.
In the midst of such equivocation, only one thing seems clear: Unless
the cycle of impunity is broken, the fifth year of genocide in Darfur
will not be the last.
Daniel Allott is a writer and policy analyst for American Values, a
Washington D.C. area public policy organization.