Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sudan Court Decision

This is good. The leader of Sudan has been indicted for war crimes by the World Court, and the Obama administration is trying to be tricky in its response. The Obama administration is being tested in its early days, as are all American administrations, and Obama is trying to set a new tone with the Islamic world. Setting a new tone is laudable goal, but it should not mean that the U.S. doesn't enthusiastically support the indictment of genocidal dictator.

It will be especially interesting to see how China gets out of this one, considering Xinhua already said that the court was the best way to solve the problem. We can hope that this very public decision by an international body will begin a chilling effect on China's other resource-driven relationships with dictators.

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