Patrick Porter at Oxblog finds Christopher Hitchens thinking about Darfur and Iraq.
I sometimes ask myself: if it weren’t for Iraq, could we have done more, or even something about Darfur?...Without this, we might have been able to try and arrest the genocide of our African Moslem brothers and sisters at the hands of death squads of Arab Moslems.
But, even as I say that I realise… that it was decided to play Darfur Kofi Annan’s way. This time it’ll be consultation, this time it’ll be negotiation. This time no pre-emption, this time no unilateralism. And we know that the genocidaires ran out the clock of that spare time to complete the genocide. Now there’s almost no-one left to kill.
So everyone has to face this question. And I’m sorry to say that it will not be decided by jokes about George Bush’s IQ.
Hitchens instantly realizes that from a certain point of view Iraq represents an opportunity to blame America for Darfur. But he is smarter than that. He also realizes that, come to think about it, there are a number of places throughout the world where the International Community has decided to play things the Kofi Annan way where things are not going so well. Darfur is one, but the Congo is another. And those places are in the long, slow road to hell. Not a hell from which there is some prospect of redemption; not one in which formerly destroyed marshes are returning to life; or which has revived, for good or ill its pilgrim trade; only one in which despair is given. Despair not only given, but guaranteed. By the Kofi Annan way. "So everyone has got to face this question," because the Kofi Annan way independently provides a route to damnation. Why, Hitch? It's the very question nobody ever wants to face. Which is why things are always going to be debated in terms of George Bush's IQ.