The nations who make up the Arab League sure know how to placate liberals. Recognize a problem, form a committee, give control of it to a crony, and get the "solution" you wanted all along. Along with a free coat of whitewash when required.
I give you Syria:
As David Kenner reports in Foreign Policy, the head of the mission is none other than Sudanese General Mohammad Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi. Al-Dabi just happens to be the man who created the murderous janjaweed militias that were the principal perpetrators in the Darfur genocide.
His boss, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes, for which al-Dabi also bears no small responsibility. He founded the janjaweed during his service as the regime’s head of military operations from 1996-1999. Since then he has served al-Bashir loyally in a number of different job, including some diplomatic postings.
The irony of sending a war criminal to try and stop the commission of war crimes is lost on the Arab League. It is also lost on Syria’s dissidents who continue to be killed and harassed by the government with the so-called monitors doing nothing.
Less irony, and more design, I reckon. Our good General, ignoring the gunfire and pools of blood around him:
Despite the reported violence, Gen Dabi told Reuters on Wednesday morning: "The situation seemed reassuring so far."
And Obama will nod his head, and point to "progress", and breath a sigh of relief that he doesn't actually have to, you know, actually "do" anything, now that a genocidal maniac has given him moral cover.