State Treasurer Sarah Steelman applauds President Bush’s decision to order sanctions against Sudanese businesses, but says the president isn’t going far enough.
Steelman has led the effort to make Missouri investments "terror-free". Steelman says the president’s decision is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough. She says cutting off all American investments to Sudan would send a real message. Steelman says that billions of American dollars flow into Sudan from American private and public investments. She says all United States money should be cut off from funding the atrocities in Sudan.
President Bush has said this country won’t avert its eyes from the violence in Sudan. His order bars 30 companies operated by the Sudanese government from the American financial system. The Bush Administration’s stand though has run into opposition from China and Russia. China has asked the international community to have patience with Sudan over the strife in its Darfur region.
Steelman says America’s policy needs to reach beyond Sudan. She says the country needs to take a strong stance against any governments that backs terrorism. Steelman says strong economic sanctions could prove effective in stopping the violence in Sudan.