China’s Role in War on Darfur’s Peacekeepers

In a strongly worded editorial the Times today implicated China in the recent attacks on United Nations peacekeepers in the Darfur region of . In what was the deadliest clash since the world body formally took of the beleaguered mission from the in January, at least seven peacekeepers were killed and countless others injured in the ambush on Tuesday.

China remains the second-biggest villain in this tragic tale, after the murderous Sudanese government. Beijing buys huge quantities of Sudanese and has obstructed efforts by the U.N. Security Council to impose tougher on the goons in Khartoum. A protest movement targeting the Beijing flared up during the international torch relay but has quieted since. We’re rooting for that to change by the time the Games open. 

It’s all very well to embrace the spirit of international brotherhood and respect for human achievement that the Olympics represent, but Beijing is hoping to reap a PR bonanza from hosting the Games, and those hopes richly deserve to be dashed. Bring on the competition — and the protests aimed at exposing China’s unconscionable behavior. 

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