Retired Canadian General Romeo Dallaire blasted the Western response to the crisis in Sudan as “lame.” Dallaire has an especially good reason to be appalled by the West’s inaction: he was the commander of the ill-fated Rwanda peacekeeping mission whose urgent requests for reinforcements to stop the genocide were rebuffed by Western countries, including his own. And, sadly, he sees what’s happening as yet another example that the Western world’s pledge to “never again” countenance genocide is still mostly empty words.

There are lots of complicated problems in the world, but at this moment in time, it’s not that difficult to see what’s needed in Sudan: adequate political will to back a peacekeeping force robust enough to halt militia attacks and allow aid workers to prevent widespread starvation.