Regions / Sudan
The U.S. gets an opportunity in February to end the genocide.
A range of U.S.-based advocacy groups, such as Africa Action and Human Rights Watch, as well as the United Nations, are calling for international intervention to stop “ethnic cleansing” in western Sudan.
At the heart of the debate is the question of whether progressives believe that U.S. power can be used for good in Africa or elsewhere in cases of mass killings and other crimes against humanity?
In the first week of January, Sudanese rebels and the Khartoum government signed a pact ending one of Africa's longest wars.
For the past two years, the destruction of Darfur has played out before the eyes of the world, and the member countries of the United Nations have remained largely paralyzed.
"The window of opportunity for peace in Sudan is beginning to close," according to the report.
The conflict in Sudan is considerably more complicated than the simple north-south, Muslim vs. Christian, Arab vs. African duality many of those now lobbying the administration present.
Sudans size, strategic location, and as-yet-unexploited oil reserves made it a cold war target of superpower intervention.
The U.S. views Libya and Sudan as rogue states that should be contained by providing U.S. military aid to neighboring countries.