Sandwiches en la Torre de la Vela

Asociacionismo, libertad y comida rápida, por Jahd

29 de Julio 2004

La libertad de elección de los gobiernos

Ayer en La Mano Invisible y El Buque Negro se comentaban varios aspectos del genocidio que se está cometiendo en Darfur.

Y también ayer el Washington Post publicaba un editorial al respecto de este vergonzoso asunto:

How Many More Deaths?

THE FOREIGN ministers of the European Union met Monday to debate the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's western province of Darfur. [...] But although the Europeans did their best to sound gruff and impatient, they took only limited action. Meanwhile, huddled in refugee camps that lack food and medicine, Darfur's civilians are dying at an estimated rate of 1,000 a day.

El editorial sigue con la exposición de una serie de paradojas de la inacción europea del tipo They suggested they might increase their support for the African Union's cease-fire monitors in Darfur, but stopped short of calling for a force large enough to protect civilians from the government-backed militia, y menciona los dos errores de base de la política exterior europea:

First, the Europeans appear to assume that they cannot act without authorization from the Security Council, even though the resolution that the council may adopt this week falls short of a clear authorization for foreign peacekeepers to protect Darfur's civilians. [...] Second, the Europeans hope to push Sudan into peace talks with Darfur's small rebel groups, and they believe this requires a moderate approach toward the government. But the humanitarian crisis is so appalling -- at least 300,000 may die, according to an official U.S. estimate -- that peace talks cannot be allowed to delay action.

Pero las críticas no se quedan sólo en Europa, también hay para los EEUU:

Britain's top military commander, Gen. Mike Jackson, said his country could muster 5,000 troops. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell described Gen. Jackson's suggestion as "premature" yesterday, but how long is Darfur supposed to remain patient? Until 100,000 die? Or 200,000? The rich world's governments are free to make that choice.

No hacer nada también es elegir: elegir la muerte de decenas o cientos de miles de personas para no soliviantar al amigo sudanés. Y es que en Sudán también hay petróleo.