the murder yesterday of seven peacekeepers in Darfur is yet another example of the tragic failure of the international community. Almost a year ago, the United Nations authorized a protection force of 26,000, but today only a fraction of that number is deployed. The international community has failed to support the mission in every essential way, including training, equipment and intelligence. The UN itself has expressed the fear that in its present form the peacekeeping operation will scarcely be able to protect itself, much less the people of Darfur.
The United Nations, China, the United States, and all the powers of the world must share the enormity and shame of this failure.
Darfur's people have been pleading for protection for five long years. When will we respond?