With the world’s situation today, sending troops to another country on a peace-keeping mission is not a simple “right or wrong” decision to be made. Even when atrocities are being committed, it is difficult to determine whether international involvement will help or harm the situation in the long run. A sudden and temporary forced peace may simply stir up more anger in the future, not to mention the political risks and monetary necessities that would accompany the process.

However, there are some situations that call for immediate action. In Sudan now, as a fifty-year-old battle starts up again and causes the recent death of thousands of Sudanese in the Darfur region, international groups have been hesitant to involve themselves. Threats have been made, but the violence continues. The EU has started to discuss the possibility of using sanctions such as an oil boycott to force the government to start the violence, but no plan has been made yet. UN chief Kofi Annan just started appealing for funds to send to the African Union, who is the only group actually in Sudan with peacekeeping forces.

While these are positive steps, it seems as though everyone has been simply acknowledging the bad situation in Sudan, expressing sorrow, and making threats about it, while the only people taking real action are the African Union. As more people die each day, it is time for the UN and the entire world to remember the atrocious mass murders of Rwanda, and to acknowledge the provisions for genocide made by the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights. The longer these international groups take to make decisions, write up drafts, and talk about possibly sending monetary or military support, the more people are being killed every day.

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