Temporary Emergence.

My time is no longer mine, but I want to note that my fear of uneveness has abated; this can be demonstrated by the fact that I have put some buttons on the side to replace links to other blogs. I think this is progress as in the past the scraggly nature and fear of a disproportionate sidebar kept me in text only mode; the thought of uneven buttons and icons causing endless hours of disquiet. I feel now that I can deal with the lack of total symmetry and disappearance of the total blackness; a blackness I have predilection to but can learn to live without through the healing power of hypnosis, but that is for another time; less troubled times perhaps. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

Weekly Coalition for Darfur Post follows. I know with all the indictments and downright humiliating posturing of the former head of FEMA this will be hard to take but try. Anarchy and the UN keep going. As Darfur descends into anarchy, the United Nations appears unable to do any more than express concerns and continue to ask the parties involved to cease their violent attacks. After rebels attacked and took control of the town of Sheiria last week, the Sudanese army said it was prepared to retake the town, to which the rebels replied that they would "repulse anything from the Sudanese government's army." The upsurge in violence forced thousands more out of the villages, swelling the ranks of the internally displaced that already numbers nearly 2 million. As the violence was raging, even the UN's own Special Representative Jan Pronk, a man who tends to see everything in Sudan through rose-colored glasses, was forced to admit that the violence was spiraling out of control. He was joined by the US government, which stated that the "uptick in violence ... is of concern to us" and the UN's genocide advisor, Juan Mendez, who acknowledged that Khartoum had done little to disarm militias or end the "culture of impunity" that exists in Darfur. Pronk went on to state that the UN must give the Sudanese government and rebels an ultimatum to compel them to reach some sort of peace agreement and even made the startling admission that, thus far, the UN has utterly failed to deal with Darfur

Pronk said that when the Darfur conflict began U.N. humanitarian officials agitated for the Security Council to take up the conflict, which it refused to do. A "massive force" was needed [in 2003] then to guarantee security but instead several thousand African Union troops and monitors had to carry the burden. And now the council needed to plan for how to keep the peace in case a peace deal was signed.
Pronk was quoted elsewhere as saying
He said the war situation in Sudan was "everybody's failure" and could have been avoided if the international community had acted quickly. How could the present day situation have been avoided? "I think there should have been intervention in 2003," Pronk said, adding that while the occurrence of genocide in the country was debatable, "There was mass slaughter of people. It needed humanitarian intervention."
Of course, the international community did not act quickly, nor are they acting quickly now. In fact, while Darfur burned, the BBC reported that American and British intelligence officials, along with representatives of the UN, China and 12 African nations were in Khartoum discussing cooperation on counter-terrorism operations in the region.
Hosting the conference is part of a sustained diplomatic push by Sudan to shake off its pariah status ... When the opportunity for this second regional conference on counter-terrorism came up, Sudan competed for the right to host it ... The decision of the CIA to agree to come to Sudan shows the pragmatism of the intelligence community against the continuing political desire of America to punish Sudan for what has happened in Darfur.
Khartoum continues to work to "shake off its pariah status," with Sudanese Ambassador Khidir Haroun Ahmed publishing an op-ed in the Washington Times today claiming that "After two decades of brutal civil war, Sudan is emerging as a reminder that engagement, dialogue and intensive diplomacy can resolve seemingly intractable problems and permit a country to look to the future with optimism." Meanwhile, the violence and anarchy Khartoum unleashed is now spilling over into neighboring Chad, a country that is already host to an estimated 200,000 refugees from Darfur
A group of unidentified armed men in military uniform crossed into Chad from Sudan early on Monday, killing 36 herders and stealing livestock, the Chadian government said.
The violence, in addition to threatening the people of Darfur, is also threatening the relief work that sustains them, as U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland noted yesterday
"If it (the violence) continues to escalate, we may not be able to sustain our operations for 2.5 million people requiring life-saving assistance," he said, adding: "In Darfur, it (aid distribution) could all end tomorrow. It is as serious as that."
As Eric Reeves never fails to remind us, in December 2004, Egeland warned that 100,000 people could die a month if humanitarian organizations are forced to suspend operations in Darfur. Despite all of this, Pronk still managed to recently declare that progress was being made on implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the North and South and on efforts to reach peace in Darfur. Such a statement is utterly feckless and shameful. As Gerald Caplan, author of "Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide," wrote last week
But what we are learning from Darfur, which we never remotely imagined, is that even naming a genocide is an utterly inconsequential exercise in hot air ... despite the apparent concern of many western leaders, despite the pressure from elements of civil society, the catastrophe in Darfur is explicitly allowed to continue ... As always, everything takes precedence over the suffering and death of hundreds of thousands of distant, exotic others. It won't be the last time."
After two years, 400,000 deaths, and an estimated 3.5 million now entirely dependent on humanitarian aid, it must be stated that the UN and every one of its member nations have failed the people of Darfur and, in all likelihood, will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.


Blogger mojo shivers said...

I'm a champion of the button you have posted up. Flirt did a real bang-up job designing it for me and I'm gladdened to see it utilized on yours, one of my most favorite blogs to read.

I gave up fretting about the uniformity of my links a long time ago. I decided that my site is a living, breathing entity and that it would tell me what shape it would take in good time.

9/29/2005 03:04:00 AM  
Anonymous weirsdo said...

I agree with the preceding comment: the button for my site is of course a thing of beauty, joy forever, and overall adornment, wherever it is placed.
Thanks for keeping us informed on Darfur. It reminds me of when we kept refusing to intervene in the former Yugoslavia.

9/29/2005 07:04:00 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I likes da pwetty buttons!

9/29/2005 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Yeah, the whole "ounce of prevention" thing is really hard to get, apparently. There's no pound of cure coming either. I guess humanitarian diplomacy is following the hospice model these days.

9/29/2005 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Graham said...

The new buttons look super cool Alice, as does your banner.

"Disappearance of total blackness; a blackness I have a predilection to," is beautifully written. I hope the healing powers of hypnosis are working a treat, and these troubled times swiftly pass :).

9/29/2005 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous JoeG said...

You write a lot of stuff that I fear makes sense to no one unless they have a brain that is in full gear because you often mix so much in at once.

This is a compliment.

This little notation was one of the most beautiful things you have written, despite the fact that it may not have been intended to be so. PossiblY more of an insight to the " real alice".

The Darfur posts I used to find oppressive but you are nothing if not consistent. Humanity has failed.

I still miss the butt icon you used to have but hey that's just me.

9/29/2005 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous John said...

good stuff , nice words, cool icon.

9/29/2005 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger SeizeTheNite said...

Progress is being made???
That guy has nuts the size of basketballs!

9/29/2005 03:40:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

mojo: Your site is a living breathing entity mine is at times a graveyard and sometimes a playgroud more or less inert so I liked the blackness of it.
You have to suck up my icon now moj.

weirdso: ha ha your button of course is sheer joy. I felt it immediately.

doug: That dog makes me want to hug you. lol

graham: thanks , yea that healing power is cursing through my veins right now.

Joe: uh... thanks. get off the butt icon already. I already told everyone already I had to remove it because , MY REPUTATION AS A SERIOUS BLOGGGGGGER WAS ON THE LINE. ;)
I will sell it to you for four thousand dollars. That will about cover the cost of some new photographic equipment I would like to purhcase.

john: thanks not so nova man.

seize the night: Would have to have eh.

9/29/2005 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger Theresa Z said...

With failure come success, the horrors of Darfur will most likely be repeated again in our lifetime, the more there is dialogue on the situation the harder it will for it to happen again. We can change the world, that is, if the world doesn't change us first. Persevere! There should be a button just for that alone. ;)

9/30/2005 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Jake said...

Guess there is nothing I can do to make you want to hug me.

I too am fast losing hope for humanity.

Will there be less troubled times?

9/30/2005 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous pia said...

Keep Darfur coming;we need it, especially as we focus on the horrors at home.

totally understand your need for symmetry and evenness---half the time I think my site looks like a used car with a thousand political slogans on it

Think your site looks great--and will email you for the code on Monday

And have to say I love that red haired button much--never push it but might now!

9/30/2005 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

theresa: you're right there should be.

jake: awwww, don't lose hope and to answer you're other question. Not so much.

pia: I think you should push buttons, or shall we say keep pushing buttons.

9/30/2005 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

The buttons are rather cool. I really know nothing about html and templates. I do good to leave comments and write posts.

But your banner is the best I have seen. I think I've mentioned this before. Is that actually you driving or did you find it somewhere else? Or is super-secret and you can't tell?

9/30/2005 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Four Thousand Dollars ?????????

Girlfriend you better marry a very rich older man.Shouldn't be a problem; it appears you have a predilection not only to blackness but to older men.

I don�t care too much about Africa, I�m trying to pay my own bills.

9/30/2005 06:47:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

See, Alice. I'm blushing. Intimidating, indeed!

9/30/2005 07:46:00 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

Proof that if there's a button, people will push it.

9/30/2005 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

mj: I know nothing either, the template belongs to maystar designs I just redid it, it is the basic template that is the hard thing to do; redoing it takes a lot of time but I figure it takes fifteen times that to do a basic template. The picture is from urban 75 the credits are at the bottom of the page.
My original template was also from maystar redone with a picture of me in short skirt, garters and black stalkings. The blog was titled Or Something. What the heck I was thinking was beyond me.

anonymous: I dislike anonymouses that call me girlfriend.Yes I tend to have a great predilection for older men because most younger men can't pay their bills or think all that clearly when confronted with aliens.

Your just being nice because you know you're intimidating. You should be blushing.

9/30/2005 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Leigh: Indeed, the old theory of buttonage.

9/30/2005 11:34:00 PM  
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deals are at their best there. Come on by and check it out. :)

10/22/2005 06:10:00 PM  
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