Friday, July 22, 2005

"There's Still Lawlessness Out There"

This completely insane story from the NYT says the Sudanese security officers roughed up members of Condoleeza Rice's delegation. (!!!)

More below the link...

Unreal. Rice had come to meet with President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir.

After Ms. Rice entered the meeting with Mr. Bashir, they sat in awkward silence for almost 10 minutes because Mr. Bashir speaks only Arabic and his security guards refused to admit Ms. Rice's interpreter.

When James Wilkinson, Rice's communications director, "tried to join the meeting, security officers shoved him against a wall."

Flunky #1 told Rice during the meeting that "If you disarm only one side in this conflict, the result is going to be genocide," meaning that if the government-backed militias were disarmed, there would be genocide by the rebels.
Well, sow the wind, reap the whirlwind, genius.

Flunky #2 called Rice a little while later with an apology for manhandling her staff. She was not impressed.

"Diplomacy 101 says you don't rough up your guests," Mr. Wilkinson said afterward.

Diplomacy 102 says you don't tell the NYT that the President of Sudan roughed you up to defy the U.S. and that he's a SHPOS who's mouth is writing checks his ass can't cash.

Rice's next stop was a refugee camp, where about 100,000 people live. She expressed hope that its residents might be able to return to their homes.

Neils Scott, director of the Darfur office for the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said "there's still lawlessness out there."

Yes, "out there."
Honestly, President Bashir, don't f*** with Condi. Our troops may be mostly tied up elsewhere, but she still has plenty of these...
Tomahawk Missile spare. At a price tag several billion dollars a month and thousands of U.S. casualties to replace Saddam Hussein, it might be a lot more cost-effective to deliver one of these to each of the dozen worst dictators in Africa.
Think about it.

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