Edwards and Darfur
5:20 PM, Jan 3, 2007 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is a smart politician. He wants to rapidly drawdown U.S. troops in Iraq and escalate our involvement in Darfur. Both positions are extremely popular with Democratic primary voters. On ABC's This Week, he explained what he'd do to end the atrocities in Darfur:
Edwards is right. American leadership is often crucial in successfully dealing with the world's problems. He's also right that a no-fly zone should be enforced and stiff sanctions should be slapped on Khartoum. But he's wrong about "universal support for doing something about the genocide in Sudan and Darfur." Moscow and Beijing (and the Arab League for that matter) haven't been very helpful. Both governments have coddled Khartoum on the Security Council and have extensive business ties with the regime. So to end the brutality in Darfur any time soon what we're really talking about is a coalition of the willing, one that targets Khartoum's economy and aircraft operating in support of its proxy forces in Darfur. America would lead such a coalition and no doubt would be accused of acting "unilaterally" by some governments. So be it.