It is getting increasingly more difficult for me to read conservative blogs. Take, for example, this disingenous post by Glenn Reynolds on the situation in Darfur:
Strange that Kofi Annan is unwilling to call this genocide.
The systematic and planned extermination of an entire national, racial, political, or ethnic group.
MS. NORRIS: I don't want to belabor this, but in diplomacy words do count, and as your -- as State Department counsel looks at this issue and determines whether this -- whether this should be labeled a genocide, does that carry a different weight and responsibility for the State Department and the U.S. if they make that determination?
SECRETARY POWELL: The State Department has to weigh all of these matters carefully and what we try to do is to use labels with precision. There are some who, based on what they have heard about the situation in Darfur and their concern about the needs of these people, want to immediately call it a genocide, whether it fits the definition of a genocide or not. I'm more interested in taking care of the people.
Now, if it was a genocide and it met all the tests and we declared it that, we would certainly increase international pressure. But whether we would be doing more than we are now doing is a question that I can't answer. It doesn't open any real new authorities to me or give me any additional powers or responsibilities that I'm not now executing.
So what is the solution? Jim Moore has some interesting thoughts:
A problem, as I see it, is that the world does not have a single body charged with monitoring for genocides and "certifying" those that emerge. We have a treaty that requres intervention in the case of genocide, but no way to trigger the application of the treaty. As a result, we requre the "quorum of global leaders" that Seigle properly asserts is necessary for action in Sudan. My observation is that we did not get such a quorum in either Nazi Germany or in Rwanda, and we have so far failed to get a quorum on Sudan. I pray we see a strong quorum in the next few days.