After this week's UN Security Council trip to Sudan, US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the occupation of Abyei was a violation of the 2005 peace deal which ended the 22-year civil war.Ahumanitarian crisis has been ongoing in this area for some time, including forcing people out of their villages by murder and rape. The BBC report states:
Analysts fear the dispute over the region, also claimed by South Sudan which is due to become independent in July, could reignite the north-south war in which some 1.5 million people died.This crisis barely makes the radar scope. The fact that a Chinese backed mostly Muslim North is making war against a mostly Christian South is not part of the media equation.
The report at the above link includes maps.
UPDATE: An expert on the region says that "War would be catastrophic for the South, but we cannot discount the possibility. Consider the regional implications."
Would would we in the US do? Appeal to the UN, for sure. Intervene? Not likely, but we might become the logistics and intelligence arms of an intervention. But, in the end, you just don't know what the President is going to do—who would have predicted that President Harry S Truman would recognize Israel or intervene in Korea? Which is a reason to not run down our military capabilities to far during a defense contraction.
Regards — Cliff