Thursday, March 5, 2009

Some (non self involved) exciting news

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity. This is a huge step for the international justice system; it's the first warrant issued against a serving head of state. While it's a really encouraging step, the warrant has resulted in the immediate expelling of at least six major aid agencies in Darfur.

I just can't understand: Obviously al-Bashir is a monster who is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of people over the past six or so years - and this has been advertised to the world with this indictment. Wouldn't there be one media savvy person in his administration that says "wait a minute, you're being charged with crimes against humanity...what say we don't expel the aid agencies that are keeping hundreds of thousands of people alive because we're unable and unwilling to, and then we'll look like doing everyone a favour?"

Yes, I've just over simplified a very complex situation, but it frustrates me so greatly...

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