Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Realpolitik Case for Darfur Intervention

The Debate Link argues that American action to stop the Darfur genocide has a long-range strategic advantage; preventing the Chinese from using their security council veto and military/economic aid as leverage to gain influence in Africa.

As long as we're assuming for the moment the stark realist view of international politics and ignoring the harm of losing American clout for humanitarian influence in the region, we must point out that our own interest there, Nigerian oil, is critical to our economy. We cannot afford to allow this vital national interest to fall under control of an unfriendly regime. Consider Darfur a domino.

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