Alas, Poor Yorick
Sometimes you don't know whether to laugh or to cry. The post of UN Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide will be upgraded to a full-time position, Secretary General Ban said in a message marking the 13th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
The UN Advisory Committee on Genocide Prevention will also be boosted, the Secretary-General said, adding that Africa has taken its own steps as well, such as the proposed Pact on Security, Stability and Development for the Great Lakes Region, which contains measures on genocide prevention and punishment.
“Preventing genocide is a collective and individual responsibility,” Mr. Ban said. “Everyone has a role to play: governments, the media, civil society organizations, religious groups, and each and every one of us.
The dark secret of Peacekeeping is that it only works after a war is over. As its proponents have often said, there can be no peacekeeping until there is a peace to keep. Or else, God forbid, intervention would have to take the form of affecting the outcome of war; by the United Nations becoming an actual belligerent on one side or another. That will never do, so the UN waits, and waits and waits. Until "peace" comes and they can trot out their relief packages.
This is the fundamental reason why the ongoing genocide in Darfur will never be stopped by UN collective action. Peace hasn't arrived yet because a few of the victims are still resisting their deaths. Just wait until they have all assumed desert temperature and then the way will be clear for peacekeeping. Once the last black animist or Christian has been driven away or killed, then the UN will deploy its serried ranks with a maximum of publicity and a minimum of fuss to shed its tears over a landscape of bones.
Mr. Ban gave a signed copy of his message this afternoon to Joseph Nsengimana, Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the UN.
Mr. Nsengimana thanked the Secretary-General and pledged the support of his Government to the UN as it worked to strengthen its anti-genocide mechanisms.
“We take this opportunity to once again appeal to the international community, including the United Nations system, to provide assistance and support to survivors of the genocide,” he said.
Too late, Mr. Nsengimana. Rwanda is no longer the flavor of the month. Try soliciting contributions for Global Warming instead.