LONDON (Reuters) - For now, there may be more symbol than substance in Osama bin Laden's call for jihad in Darfur, but that could change if U.N. peacekeepers go to Sudan's troubled western region, al Qaeda experts said on Monday.
Most doubted the Saudi-born militant had any direct links with Arab militias involved in the Darfur conflict, but said his appeal, in an audiotape broadcast on Sunday, could inspire violent resistance to any U.N. military mission there.
'I don't believe it will have an impact until there are U.N. troops in Darfur,' said Kamil al-Tawil, an expert on Islamist groups who writes for London's al-Hayat newspaper.
'If Darfur becomes a U.N. mandate in spite of the Sudanese government's opposition, people will flock there. I fear it could be another Iraq,' he said."
Yes, but how do we blame Bush for this?
wolf update: Darfur should be so lucky to become another Iraq.