Thursday, April 27, 2006

Small Step At The UN

Excellent news, John Bolton made the UN Security Council line up against the Darfur genocide. Let's hope he can pull off the same trick on sanctioning the Mullahs.

As the U.N. Security Council slapped sanctions on four men in Sudan
yesterday and prepared to begin negotiations next week to halt Iran's nuclear
program, the leaders of the two renegade countries met in Tehran, promising to
increase cooperation, including a possible transfer of nuclear technology.

The council's economic sanctions against a Khartoum air force officer,
a Janjaweed sheik, and two rebel leaders marked the first punitive measures
taken against anyone involved in the ongoing atrocities in Sudan's Darfur region
that have left hundreds of thousands dead and millions homeless, and which
America considers genocide.

China and Russia expressed reservations about the measures, but both countries refrained from vetoing the American-proposed resolution. Both, along with Qatar, abstained from the vote, while the rest of the 15 council members supported the action.

China and Russia had threatened to veto sanctioning the killers, so Bolton must have twisted their arms mightily. They have more at stake in Iran however, so will be tempted to veto meaningful sanctions there. Still, as all salesmen know, once you get the prospect to say Yes, it's hard for them to start saying No.