First, I want to define that we’re assuming intervention here is going to be by the Western world, not by proxy, African Union forces or suchlike. Second, I want to put aside stretching troops too thin or not having enough due to Iraq and Britian. While valid topics, that is not what I wish to discuss. Also, I have no desire whatsoever to turn this into a thread about Iraq – i.e. “If you support intervention in Sudan, why not Iraq”, or vice versa. Lord knows we’ve got enough threads on that god forsaken topic at the moment.
The more I read about the situation in Sudan, with the ruthless tactics of the militias that by all accounts seem to not just be tolerated by the government, but actively encouraged by it, the more I’m beginning to wonder if it wouldn’t be a good idea to intervene militarily, and try to start stopping things by force, given that the government seems to lack any real will or even ability to stop what is going on its own. Even if it is able and willing, the process will be slow, and as it goes by we shall see the body count inflate tremendously. This seems like a situation where use of force would be entirely justifiable.
I also note that there are, however, political concerns. First, there’s the idea that Sudan has no bearing one way or the other on our national interests, and because of such, we shouldn’t use force. Secondly, there seems to be the idea this will be seen as an attack on a Muslim country, one moreover that has petroleum, which makes our motives even more suspect. This could lead the other African countries to side with one of their own, i.e., the current Sudanese government.
Thus, I am curious as to the opinion of SDMBers on this issue, as it isn’t a topic I’ve seen discussed too much. Thoughts?