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Update: seemingly not

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Why did I think this was a good idea?

(NB: this is a duplicate post due to comments troll issues. The original comments, minus the one in which somebody tried to "out" somebody which is not allowed, are here. In my opinion you are not missing much)

While my readers are helping me with things, here's another one: I said here that I was going to try to go along to the Euston Manifesto Group's meeting on Darfur. They were all very nice about sorting me out a ticket at late notice and I was quite looking forward to it.

On the other hand, take a look at this. (For readers not au fait with UK inside blogsball stuff, the "Drink Soaked Popinjays For War" blog are basically Decentists whose main distinguishing characteristic is that they can't stand me).

Basically, did it ever make sense to go along to a Euston Manifesto meeting? I was all full of the well-known solidarity and such like (I'd basically decided not to say anything at the meeting and to try and talk to a couple of them afterwards). But I have zero interest in wasting an evening's babysitting on getting collared and harangued by a couple of bores who don't like me. And I doubt that the Euston Manifesto Group wants an unedifying and nasty argument hanging around their Darfur meeting. Fuck that; if someone wants to score points off me I have a blog for that purpose. Am I wrong, or was trying to play nice with the Decent Left always a dumb idea?

In related news, the African Union troops are shipping out precisely because they have had their funding (which the UN promised but never paid), their mandate (which has been allowed to time out because people were anticipating a UN force) and their legitimacy (by irresponsible commentators who allowed Nur and JEM to push the disgusting lie that AMIS were in league with the Khartoum government) systematically undermined by the fucking pro-intervention lobby. Congratulations, guys, you wanted the AU out and they are now leaving. Now let's see all those other peacekeepers you were going to provide. What - there isn't really any plan to get hold of them? Wouldn't it have been a good idea to fucking check that before you started flapping your gums?

No, of course, this is all the UN's fault for not being able to pull magic armies out of its arse. Well, this certainly advances your case for a strengthened mandate, NATO leadership and a "responsibility to protect", although it does seem rather a shame that you had to build it on the backs of the poor old fucking Darfurians.
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