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WaPost Editors Shocked at UN Dithering on Mali

December 10, 2012

The editors today correctly write about the growing Islamic threat in Mali, but their conclusion to the editorial leaves one wondering if this is their first time covering the United Nations:

Negotiations, which began this month, are certainly worth a try. But it’s also worth bearing in mind what is happening while this process drags on. As a Malian minister told the Security Council, “there are floggings, amputation of limbs, summary executions, children forced to become soldiers, rapes, stoning, looting and the destruction of cultural and historical sites.” Perhaps the diplomats in Turtle Bay can conclude it’s prudent to allow such atrocities to continue for another 10 or 12 months. But morality as well as common sense suggests that intervention must come sooner.

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