I have written previously about the tragedy in Darfur- now it seems in lieu of a strong American military presence in Sudan’s troubled region, it seems Indian “combat camels” will be sent to assist the joint United Nations/African Union peacekeeping force.  No, I’m not kidding- from the AP;

India plans to send combat-trained camels to solve the transport headache facing a fledgling UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region, officers here say.

India’s Border Security Force (BSF) said it received a request last week from the United Nations to send the specially schooled animals to the troubled African region.

“In principle the BSF has agreed to the request and will wait for the UN to approach it through the ministry of home affairs,” said the chief of India’s elite 200,000-member frontier force, A. K. Mitra.

Last week the head of the UN department of peacekeeping operations, said they may fail to protect civilians in Darfur without the required air mobility and firepower.

American forces continue to police a civil war we created by launching an illegal and unjustifiable war, and all the while we could have been fighting a war that is justified, helping people who actually need and welcome our assistance.  War fighting may not even be necessary in Darfur- calls for supplies and equipment have also gone unheeded by the US;

Roméo Dallaire, the former United Nations commander in Rwanda who was ordered to essentially watch the 1994 genocide there explode before his eyes, said the troops must “go inside the camps, do night patrols and snap inspections, essentially go wherever they need to, without the Sudanese Army or police blocking them.” He said they also need to go after “every one of those splinter groups” and they’ll need the proper gear to do so.

Though the United Nations has gotten pledges for the foot soldiers it needs from countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Thailand, it is still waiting on developed countries to cough up 24 helicopters, as well as heavy trucks and other equipment.

I want to hear what the Democratic presidential candidates intend to do about the genocide that is still occurring in the Sudan.  It is clear that without the vast resources and political influence (what little there is left since Bush’s idiocy) the United States can bring to bear this conflict may take much longer to stop.  What is the difference between peacekeeping efforts with combat camels and those with Bradley fighting vehicles?  The answer is very likely quite a few more mass graves.

How many more have to die before we act?  Go here to do something now.

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