Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Darfur and the Mexican Revolution of 1910-20

My grandmother's family lived in the state of Chihuahua during the 1910-20 Revolutionary period in Mexico, and it has become one of the wars most prominent in family tradition and memory.

Her grandfather used to say of the later phases of the revolution that there were three factions: the Carrazinstas, the Villistas, and the bandits--and it was often very difficult to tell the difference.

General Martin Agwai, departing commander of the UN's Darfur force, recently said the war in Darfur is over. "Over" may be difficult to define, however: as my great-great-grandfather's experience suggests, factionalization and banditry can be as difficult to live with as outright war.

1 comment:

  1. Also, in a war one can negotiate. There are clear sides which can sign treaties and make agreements. There is hope for peace through politics.

    The same cannot be said of factionalized banditry. How do more than twenty separate rebel groups and an equally fractious government ever come to an agreement?

    When two could not make peace, how will twenty-five?


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