After several months of delay, "Plan B" is here.
The White House just announced the long-awaited implementation of U.S. Plan B sanctions against Sudan, designed to help compel the government to bring an end to the violence.
Thank you for keeping the pressure on. Darfur activists sent hundreds of thousands of emails and placed tens of thousands of phone calls urging President Bush and his top advisors to get serious and end the delays on Plan B.
But, while this is a step forward for the people of Darfur, this package of unilateral U.S. sanctions will be too little, too late if not immediately matched by robust multilateral sanctions, which will require strong U.S. leadership at the UN Security Council.
The people of Darfur have waited far too long for the world community to get tough with Sudan. Although Plan B was developed last year, it has been repeatedly delayed for nearly five months despite Sudan repeatedly missing deadlines to cooperate.
The people of Darfur cannot afford further delays. If Plan B is to have any chance at success, President Bush must make the adoption of matching international sanctions a top priority, and that effort must begin at the UN Security Council.