Thursday, June 09, 2005

NATO To Step Into Sudan Conflict

According to an American Forces Press Service report, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is, in effect, taking over the United Nations' job in the Sudan, where Arab/black African ethnic violence has killed tens of thousands of people.
BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 9, 2005 - 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 Jap 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.
NATO also intends to send troops to Afghanistan to provide security for the elections scheduled for September.
NATO is planning to send three battalions from three different countries to support the elections, but no announcement has been made on which countries. The United States is planning to send an infantry company to round out one of the battalions, the defense official said.
With the United States and NATO performing the functions for which the UN was formed (except without the graft and child rapes), what future is there for the UN? Can it continue to exist solely as a forum for Islamist propaganda and for third world countries to savagely insult the United States and complain about the sizes of their foreign aid packages?