Darfur, Tibet prompt little action
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
I cannot understand why China would ever want to oppress Tibet, but for Gold, The peaceful Tibetans have nothing to offer resource wise, they are just a peaceful peoples who wish to remain in peace in their little piece of Shangri la. Certainly Communist China's idiocy shows why old farts in power need to be put out to pasture permanently. If all countries walked out on the Olympic games would certainly send them a message, as would ceasing all trade. This is in stark contrast with Darfur whose violence against themselves a warring peoples certainly makes anyone hesitant to enter Africa let alone mount international protests, when one doesn't know which one is the enemy, versus Tibet a peaceful peoples when the enemy is China.
As for Darfur and the Dark Continent that is another matter, for these countries wanted independence from commonwealth countries and other European dominance shows they cannot handle independence when they slaughter their own citizens, yet stick their hand out for western aid.
Sending in UN Peacekeepers will not solve anything but confirm what we already know, Africa is corrupt, cannot handle independence, and will continue to wipe it's own people off the face of the earth.
UN Policies dictate the use of force can only be used when the opposing force uses equal force, and usually only against UN Forces and not the civilian population.
Historically UN has been for the most part a toothless army of Peacekeepers, who only observe, a Peacekeeping force who have a front seat to Genocide.
Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia over a decade ago, frustrated by the genocide playing out in front of them took action and went to the defense of a small village resulting in a fierce firefight lasting a few days against a militia bent on ethnic cleansing. These Canadian Peacekeepers save some lives, and though many were lost, Canada showed its mettle, contrary to the United Nations rules for engagement of attacking another force regardless of the situation. Politicians in Ottawa kept this international incident of the firefight secret from the media and the world, swearing its soldiers to secrecy for over a decade. It was only last year this act of courage came to light, in some small way being UN observing force did not seem to have an effect stopping those bent on ethnic cleansing, showing once and for all that it is Might that makes Right, with complacency and diplomatic efforts just delay the inevitable in what is Genocide.
Africa on the other hand with all it's factions, despots, dictators, clans and tribes all want a piece of the dictatorship pie caring not who they kill including UN peacekeepers. African militants far outnumber UN Peacekeepers 1,000 or more to one. There are far more of them than us to do any good.
Sending UN Peacekeepers whose position is only to observe is suicide, especially if a similar mindset of Canadian Peacekeepers who engaged in firefights in Bosnia went with their moral gut were sent to Africa, you just know Canadian Peacekeepers would not just sit idly by and watch the genocide, much to their credit they would most likely die violently for their Might makes Right stance.
The World is now being called upon to clean house in Africa, an expensive and tragic proposition that is achievable with our blood. Many wonder why Africans do not take up arms and fight those who oppress them? An easy answer seems to be "Let the World Police" do it for them, once done you can be sure once we leave, it will happen all over again.
Africans ragtag militias numbering hundreds of thousands of part time soldiers with differing loyalties can switch at a moments notice, certainly a horror story for any Peacekeeper who will never be sure who is friend or foe. A dangerous situation for any soldier to be in as it is today in the Middle East.
Previous wars in Europe one knew who the enemy was, today it is totally different. The last Gentlemen’s war was the First World War and previous wars before that were horrific as well but it was a time when honour was paramount amongst officers and soldiers on both sides, where disgracing a soldier’s corpse resulted in execution by the offender’s army. Today mutilating a soldier’s corpse in the streets of Africa is treated as a civic celebration as witnessed in Somalia.
My final thought is this, Africans cannot and never will handle independence, as history has shown, once they were granted independence infighting began, billions in aid was given and will never stop. Independence means on your own, not relying on billions of dollars of western aid and military to solve your problems.
Perhaps it was a mistake for European Countries to give up their claim of African countries, for if they still kept them as part of their Commonwealth domain, though foreign domination was not perfect, law and order was the result, preventing mass genocides which seems to be Africa's price for their fantasy of Independence and Freedom of which neither has ever happened. Stopping all aid, including monetary to regions which practice genocide may be an answer, true some innocents will die, but the rate at which they are dying through by their own countrymen is only delaying the inevitable horrors they will face.
Has anyone noticed similarities between Tibet and Darfur?
The civilized world frets about both, but does little for either.
Tibet is a journalistic flavour of the moment, with reporters banned from witnessing protests by Tibetan holy men, street demonstrations by youths, shootings and beatings by Chinese soldiers.
The Dalai Lama calls it "cultural genocide" which it is, and has been since 1950. His call for restraints is rebuked by edgy, frustrated Tibetans.
In Darfur, the media scold the slaughter of innocents and urge that something be done. But little of consequence happens, except more killing.