In his Foreign Policy article, “The World’s Worst Human Rights Observer,” David Kenner argues that the Sudanese member of  the Arab League mission to Syria, General al-Dabi,  is “the unlikeliest leader of a humanitarian mission the world has ever seen.”

Kenner quotes Alex de Waal  on Dabi’s support of the janjaweed militia in Darfur, Sudan:

“[T]he army command finds the militia useful and fearsome in equal measure,” De Waal said.  “So al-Dabi’s regularization of the Arab militia served both to rein them in, but also to legitimize their activities and retain them as a future strike force.”

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