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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Rice Roughed Up

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Condoleeza Rice and her entourage got roughed up by presidential security in Sudan. Elbows were thrown, reporters were shoved, and equipment was seized in what sounds like one of the worst cases of diplomatic handling ever. To her credit, Rice verbally smacked down the President and his security, saying, ""It makes me very angry to be sitting there with their president and have this happen. They have no right to push and shove."

Rice was there, of course, to tour genocide-ravaged Darfour region. She made it clear while she was there that the west looks with skepticism upon the notion that the new collaborative government in Sudan has the committment to ending the violence that they say they do. The State Department has unwaveringly called the situation (in which thousands have been murdered in their homes and thousands more have been displaced to refugee camps) "genocide." Given the eerie similarities between this catastrophie and the one in Rwanda in 1994, the American vocabulary is encouraging. And perhaps now that our leading lady has been roughed up by those who are supposed to be the diplomats and peacemakers, perhaps now we will establish our own committment to resolve the situation--at all costs.
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 3:59 AM


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