It has taken decades of work and the loss of millions of lives for African countries like Rwanda to recover from bloody civil wars. It is unconscionable that the people of South Sudan be left vulnerable to a similar fate.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's re-election process is complete. The question is whether he is good at his job and most agree he is, despite a low-profile that can work to his disadvantage.
Ban's tenure has not been perfect. He was criticized early in his tenure for a diplomatic style that prefers quiet diplomacy to naming and shaming. But over the past few years, Ban has grown into his role as Secretary General.
It's time now for Burma's allies and trade partners, including Security Council members China and Russia, to act and call Ambassador Than Shwe's political prisoner amnesty bluff.