June 09, 2005

US Led NATO to Save Muslims from Mass Starvation (once again, but don't expect any credit)

It looks like US led NATO forces will finally begin to do something about the mass-starvation induced by Islamist militants in the Sudan's Darfur region. It's been way too long in the making, and let's hope whatever planning needs to be done gets done quick. Children in the region are dying today thanks to the relentless onslought of Islamist militia forces and their supporters in Khartoom.

Do you think the US or its European allies will get credit for, once again, coming to the aid of Muslims? Don't hold your breath. Expect the reaction from the Islamic world to be a) too little too late. The US let tens of thousands of Muslims die (ignoring the fact that they died as a result of other Muslims actions) b) the US is once again invading a Muslim country in a Zionist inspired crusade (remember, it was the 'victory' over US forces trying to end mass-starvation in Somalia that inspired Osama bin Laden to take his war against us up a nocth).

The Dread Pundit Bluto asks if this signals the end to the UN since NATO seems to be doing pretty much all of what the UN was supposed to be doing.

Here is the press-release:

NATO will support the African Union with airlift support into the war-torn region of Darfur, Sudan, alliance officials announced here June 8. Ethnic violence between Arabs and black Africans has left an estimated 180,000 dead and 2 million more homeless in the area, and the African Union is working to send in a peacekeeping force.

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called the situation in Darfur "appalling." NATO must do all it can to assist, he said today during opening remarks at a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters here. NATO defense ministers, including U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, are attending the meeting.

Details are still being worked out, but NATO and U.S. officials said the NATO portion of airlift support will be coordinated through the Supreme Allied Headquarters Europe, in Belgium. The European Union also will work to coordinate airlift support through existing mechanisms at Einhoffen, Netherlands.

"We knew this was an area in which NATO had considerable experience and capability, and we today decided on an arrangement that'll take advantage of that," a senior NATO diplomat said June 8.

The diplomat noted the AU had made no request for troops for a quick-reaction force.

This marks the first time NATO has deployed forces into Africa. The diplomat said it's significant for several reasons.

"We think, given the common security issues of the 26 allies in NATO and the proximity of Africa and the security implications of developments of Africa, it makes sense for NATO to be interested in what happens in Africa," he said.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:42 PM | Comments |