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WASHINGTON - Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a presidential candidate, called yesterday for the use of military force to end the suffering in Darfur.

"I would use American force now," the Delaware Democrat said at a hearing before his committee. "I think it's not only time not to take force off the table. I think it's time to put force on the table and use it."

In advocating the use of military force, Biden said senior U.S. military officials in Europe told him that 2,500 U.S. troops could "radically change the situation on the ground now."

"Let's stop the bleeding," Biden said. "I think it's a moral imperative."

Under U.N.-backed agreements approved last fall, a hybrid force of 22,000 African Union and U.N. peacekeepers is to be deployed in Darfur to protect and provide relief for 2.5 million Darfurians who have been forced from their homes and are now confined to camps.

"We must set a hard deadline for Khartoum to accept a hybrid U.N.-AU force," Biden said.

The Bush administration has always rejected use of military force in Darfur, partly because of a possible outcry, particularly in Muslim countries, about hostile U.S. action in yet another Islamic country after the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.


I can not say this is the best policy, but all others have seemed to fail. And if the US does this, I would love to send some forces come down to Zimbabwe and take out their leadership-starting with Mugabe.

Of course all the Geopolitical mindless chaps will think this is about oil.

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by Ronald Rutherford (rdrradio1 -at- msn -dot- com) on Fri Apr 13th, 2007 at 02:44:27 PM EST

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