This Isn't the Work of Bandits.this Is Politics and China Holds the Power; Analysis

Daily Mail (London), August 18, 2009 | Go to article overview

This Isn't the Work of Bandits.this Is Politics and China Holds the Power; Analysis


Byline: by Richard Waghorne

MORE than a month since Sharon Commins was taken hostage, the desert sands of Darfur have gone unnervingly quiet. It is now more than a fortnight since rumours of her imminent release were circulating and since John O'Shea of GOAL said that the intensive efforts were continuing 'around the clock'.

Now all is silent again, at least in public. Clearly, those involved have learned the hard way that optimism is an unaffordable luxury in this part of the world. For the negotiators and the Irish diplomats tasked with securing her release, the sheer instability in Sudan is one of the sharpest challenges.

The Darfur conflict is well known, but is only one of the wars that rumbles on intermittently between the government in Khartoum and various opposing factions.

In recent days, the interminable fighting in the south has flared up again. On a single weekend 185 were killed, some speared to death, prompting new threats by the south to declare outright independence.

As in so much of Africa, the dimensions are daunting. The area is more than four times the size of Ireland and yet has barely a dozen miles of paved roads throughout. If independence is declared, the human cost of the resulting war over the resources beneath the contested ground will be immense. It is a dif-ferent part of the country to the area in which Miss Commins is presumed to be held, but it is an alarming reminder for our diplomats of how fissile Sudanese politics are.

In Darfur itself, the low-level chaos that distinguishes the province continues. New peacekeepers have arrived in the last week from Tanzania, but the U.N. force supposedly keeping order there remains chronically ineffective and a frequent target of attacks.

Part of the problem is a lack of helicopters, a problem shared by the U.N. mission across the border in Chad where Irish soldiers are serving. In Darfur, soldiers were promised 18 helicopters they still have not received.

Meanwhile, the Sudanese regime of Omar Al Bashir controls the skies and frequently uses its air superiority to drop bombs on restive vil-lages. As Irish diplomats are doubtless discovering, Sudan is a very hard country to lean on. There are few ways in which the West can bring pressure to bear. That is in part a result of war crimes charges brought against Al Bashir personally.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

This Isn't the Work of Bandits.this Is Politics and China Holds the Power; Analysis
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.