Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Mr. Moustache Rides to the UN

Reuters reports that our UN ambassador John Bolton is blocking a report from being heard in the Security Council about a recent visit to the Darfur region of Sudan:

U.S. Ambassador John Bolton blocked a U.N. envoy on Monday from briefing the Security Council on grave human rights violations in Sudan's Darfur region, saying the council had to act against atrocities and not just talk about them.

Bolton, joined by China, Algeria and Russia, prevented Juan Mendez, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special adviser for the prevention of genocide, from briefing the council on his recent visit to Darfur, despite pleas from Annan and 11 other council members that Mendez be heard.

Well, that's good of him. He's a man of action.

But Bolton said he had objected to the briefing to make the point the council should be "talking more about the steps it can take to do something about the deteriorating security situation" in Darfur. He gave no new proposals.

Ah, I see--it's just BushCo standard operating procedure. Never mind the torture and genocide, there's an Iraqi constitution (aka, divorce agreement) to focus on...


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