Joschka Fischer, Germany’s foreign minister from 1998 to 2005 (and currently a visiting professor at Princeton University), has some posted some urgent words on the Guardian’s online soap box, comment is free, about the senseless violence going on in Sudan right now and the EU’s duty to action, to “get tough” with the perpetrators. He recommends “targeted sanctions” and, if necessary, military force.
The heart of the matter is this: the Sudanese government is either unable or unwilling to protect its own citizens from mass violence. In accordance with the “responsibility to protect” doctrine, adopted unanimously by heads of state and government at the UN World Summit in September 2005, if a state fails to meet this primary obligation, responsibility shifts to the international community… [sanction] measures should target the Sudanese government where it hurts most: revenue and foreign investment inflows into Sudan’s petroleum sector, and supply of goods and services to that and associated sectors.
So, I’m wondering, will they, the international community or the EU and/or the US, do it, at the very least impose santctions, or just talk about it some more. Because to me it still looks like no one really wants to hurt their prospects for getting access to some good, cheap oil. Or am I missing something here?Stumble it!