Jonathan Curiel writes about the “rhetorical standoff” on the question of what constitutes genocide: “It’s easy to stay mired in this rhetorical standoff … but to do so would ignore what may be the most important element of the U.N. commission’s report: Its gripping narrative of the Darfur violence…. The U.N. commission wasn’t trying to absolve the atrocities committed by both sides in Darfur. In fact, the report states unequivocally that the perpetrators of violence in Darfur should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible. On this point, there is no debate at all.”

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