Friday, 19 December 2008

Letter to The Times on Zimbabwe (unpublished)

The Editor
The Times

Dear Sir,

Historic precedent shows it is highly unlikely that there will be a credible military intervention in Zimbabwe to prevent further human suffering. Let us recall other recent examples which prompted little more than high rhetoric at summits and low levels of moral courage: at least 200,000 died in Darfur; 250,000 died in Bosnia; a million died in the Rwanda genocide and up to 5 million have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In each case the response of the regional powers, powerful Western nations and the UN was pathetic, shameful inaction in the face of preventable suffering and death on a biblical scale. Sadly, this is unlikely to change in 2009, but I live in hope.

Yours faithfully,

John Slinger

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