R2P in Darfur: It's Not All-Or-Nothing
However, Thibault and many other commentators tend to overlook one of the other valuable contributions of R2P: that intervention is no longer all-or-nothing. Effectively responding to mass killing requires action on many levels - financial, economic, diplomatic, information and military. Though the international community may be hesitant on formal military intervention, that doesn't mean they have to remain inactive. In fact, groups like the Genocide Intervention Network have been urging the U.S. to freeze the assets of known perpetrators in Khartoum, impose targeted sanctions on the regime and bolster the African Union forces on the ground.
This is not to say that a UN force is not urgently needed to save lives (it is), but we need to use caution in how we speak of R2P. Thusfar, I would argue, the concept has been over-militarized. A true commitment to the "responsibility to protect" demands action on many levels to 'prevent, react and rebuild.' Perhaps then we might start to consider what a comprehensive R2P agenda/strategy would be for Darfur.