Thursday, July 08, 2004

What is it with These Guys?

France opposes UN Sudan sanctions
France says it does not support US plans for international sanctions on Sudan if violence continues in Darfur.

The UN Security Council is due to discuss a US draft resolution imposing sanctions on militias accused of "ethnic cleansing" against non-Arabs.

The US also hinted that the sanctions could be extended to the government.

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"In Darfur, it would be better to help the Sudanese get over the crisis so their country is pacified rather than sanctions which would push them back to their misdeeds of old," junior Foreign Minister Renaud Muselier told French radio.

France led opposition to US moves at the UN over Iraq, and as in Iraq also has significant oil interests in Sudan.

Mr Muselier also dismissed claims of "ethnic cleansing" or genocide in Darfur.

"I firmly believe it is a civil war and as they are little villages of 30, 40, 50, there is nothing easier than for a few armed horsemen to burn things down, to kill the men and drive out the women," he said.

I'm now starting to regret not using one of my "France Sucks Part XXVIII" headlines for this one. Where's the outrage? Where are the protests in the streets? Where is Michael Moore, hero of France, to point the official wagging finger of dissent?

The double standard that the U.S. and Israel must live up to is simply shocking. But all the more, we do it, we try and we invariably fail in the eyes of the world.

But then we quietly lead them to where they are today.
We really need to talk about citing Aaron Sorokin's teevee show when there is so much more rich history to compare it to. Go check up on FDR's revolving VPs (never the same one twice!) or some of the stooges who held the office in the 19th c.


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