Blair moots Darfur no-fly zone

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Blair moots Darfur no-fly zone
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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain would agree to a no-fly zone over Sudan's Darfur region as part of a U.N. sanctioned "Plan B" to halt violence and a humanitarian crisis in the African state, Prime Minister Tony Blair's spokesman said on Wednesday.

Blair's spokesman quoted comments made by him during a visit to Washington last week, in which the prime minister said the option of a no-fly zone to help the people of Darfur should be considered as part of possible sanctions against the Sudanese government if it did not agree to a U.N. peace plan.

"If, in the next weeks and next couple of months or so the Sudanese government are not prepared to agree to the U.N. plan, then we've got to move to sanctions and we've got to move to tougher action," Blair said, according to the transcript.
 
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I thought the Janjaweed (sp?) ride around on jeeps and horses? Granted the Sudanese air force may have been involved in a few attacks, but would a no fly zone really make any difference?

Or would it be an easy PR spin for a "Humanitarian" PM that sounds good to the Guardianistas but would actually do naff all for the problem?

Ah.
 
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Conicus_Maximus said:
I thought the Janjaweed (sp?) ride around on jeeps and horses? Granted the Sudanese air force may have been involved in a few attacks, but would a no fly zone really make any difference?

Or would it be an easy PR spin for a "Humanitarian" PM that sounds good to the Guardianistas but would actually do naff all for the problem?

Ah.
Well he hasn't got any troops left to put in on the ground has he?
 
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Sounds like the RAF are about to be committed... Fine the fast jets aren't doing much at the moment but what about the c130s etc needed to resupply any RAF deployment?

In the dying days of the Third Reich Hitler moved armies around that he no longer had, or indeed no longer existed. Blair's got little capability left; but he's still playing war games.
 

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EX_STAB said:
Conicus_Maximus said:
I thought the Janjaweed (sp?) ride around on jeeps and horses? Granted the Sudanese air force may have been involved in a few attacks, but would a no fly zone really make any difference?

Or would it be an easy PR spin for a "Humanitarian" PM that sounds good to the Guardianistas but would actually do naff all for the problem?

Ah.
Well he hasn't got any troops left to put in on the ground has he?
I was going to say he hasnt got any planes but that never stopped him, oddly enough maybe Crabfats new Typhoon can spend 2 minutes on CAP inbetween aircon stays in hotels.
 
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EX_STAB said:
Conicus_Maximus said:
I thought the Janjaweed (sp?) ride around on jeeps and horses? Granted the Sudanese air force may have been involved in a few attacks, but would a no fly zone really make any difference?

Or would it be an easy PR spin for a "Humanitarian" PM that sounds good to the Guardianistas but would actually do naff all for the problem?

Ah.
Well he hasn't got any troops left to put in on the ground has he?
Sounds like a job for "RAF-SAS"! :D
 
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crabby said:
Sounds like the RAF are about to be committed... Fine the fast jets aren't doing much at the moment but what about the c130s etc needed to resupply any RAF deployment?

In the dying days of the Third Reich Hitler moved armies around that he no longer had, or indeed no longer existed. Blair's got little capability left; but he's still playing war games.
Yes he expected (amongst others) that Steiner's division was set to relieve him.

Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of war films knows that Steiner only had a platoon.
 

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