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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Who will Catch El Bashir?

Omar El Bashir has been singled out as a war criminal and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

There is a school of thought that maybe this will spark renewed violence against his citizens and there is a good chance that is exactly what will happen, but I think the question should be asked of those people who are the victims of the violence. Do they want him arrested at the threat of violence to them or leave him be and endure decades to come under his regime?

Unfortunately there is no easy answer. Remove a dictator or bad leader and there is a vacuum that needs to be filled like we saw in Iraq. Although Saddam Hussein was an oppressive leader he did ensure that things remained in order. After the Americans removed him from power, well look what we have today, one of the worst and most violent places in the world to live in.

The question I think should first be asked is who will go and fetch Bashir? Not the UN and certainly not the AU have the guts for the job. He will probably remain in power for some time still. I also think it might be a good idea for African Leaders to actually stop supporting El Bashir. I mean what kind of message are they sending? The other problem their support creates is that it makes it tougher for the UN to bring pressure to bear on the man.

Allow him to be arrested and to stand trial. Maybe he is innocent, but it can only be proven in the International Criminal Court.