The New York Times editorial for May 30th:
Behind-the-scenes diplomacy has done nothing to stop the slaughter of innocents in Darfur. For months, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations and other international leaders have been claiming that Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, was ready to halt further attacks by the Sudanese armed forces and its janjaweed militia allies and accept a robust international protective force. Instead, Mr. Bashir and his henchmen have used those months to kill still more people and drive others from their homes.
Yesterday, President Bush rightly served notice that America has finally run out of patience with Mr. Bashir’s duplicity and will press the international community to stand up to the genocide.
Washington, which already has sanctions in place against Sudan’s government and state-owned companies, will now expand the reach and strengthen the enforcement of those sanctions and will also penalize Sudanese government officials directly involved in Darfur policy. The European Union, Russia and China should do the same. The more universal the economic pressure, the more likely that Sudan’s government will yield to it voluntarily.
Mr. Bush also called for a new Security Council resolution, to give the sanctions the force of international law. The resolution should also authorize an internationally enforced ban on offensive Sudanese military flights over Darfur.
At least 200,000 of Darfur’s people have already been killed and more than 2.5 million have been driven from their homes. More diplomatic dawdling, without strengthened international economic and military pressure, would condemn the survivors to the same fate.
Sudan’s apologists — most notably China, Russia and South Africa — have protected Mr. Bashir and his government from any serious punishment until now. If they continue to resist strong United Nations action and deny the reality of genocide in Darfur, many more people will needlessly die. And the blame will not be Mr. Bashir’s alone.