Efforts to solve the Darfur conflict continually follow the same fruitless pattern, writes Daniel Allot of The Weekly Standard:
- The West pressures the Sudanese government to stop violations, while threatening sanctions.
- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir promises to meet the demands.
- The Sudanese government reneges on its promises without repercussions.
The result: Khartoum no longer takes the threats seriously, particularly those from the UN Security Council. The best option for conflict resolution is NATO intervention with help from the African Union. The UN, however, and particularly Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, see no military solution to the conflict.