A Question of Intervention

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The Bush Administration calls the crisis in Darfur genocide, but so far the world's only super-power seems powerless to stop it.

Two years ago, the U.S., Europe and Africa settled on an African solution to the crisis: send in African Union troops to stop the slaughter in western Sudan, but that has failed.

Earlier this year, Bush spoke of deploying NATO troops, but the alliance is already overextended in places like Afghanistan. And while prospects for U.N. intervention have dimmed, Washington is reluctant to get tough with Sudan's leaders because it counts on them for anti-terrorism intelligence — so the slaughter continues. Now the violence has spread to neighboring Chad threatening to make a humanitarian catastrophe even worse.

Hear about the politics of paralysis and genocide in Sudan.


Ray Thibodeaux, freelance Africa correspondent for the Boston Globe

Bradley Graham, Military Affairs Reporter for the Washington Post

Samantha Power, Professor of Practice in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

Major Brent Beardsley, research officer at the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute who previously served in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) during the Rwandan Genocide.

This program aired on April 18, 2006.


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