SUDAN : US recalls envoy accused of insulting Prophet Mohamed
March 4, 2006,
The US State Department has recalled the US chargé d'affairs in Sudan,
Cameron Hume, after he was accused of insulting the Prophet in
Khartoum last week.
On 1 March, local newspapers reported that Hume had said to a Sudanese
businessman in a reception at the US Embassy in Khartoum "go and tell
this to your government and your prophet".
But the chargé d'affairs denied the accusation when he was summoned by
the Foreign Ministry to inquire about what had been attributed to him.
Members of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum
yesterday gathered in the Headquarters of the party protesting against
The crowd expressed their anger and called for the immediate expulsion
of the US diplomate and the closure of his embassy.
Alwan newspaper expected that Hume's issue would be discussed and
commented on during yesterday's Friday sermons..
March 1, 2006
Beware Boltan's Sudden Humanitarianism
Look Out Sudan!
By MIKE WHITNEY
Judith Miller's swivel-chair at the New York Times was never
officially retired. Rather, it was awarded to the most promising
propagandist on the Times staff, Warren Hoge. Hoge's task has been to
take pot-shots at the United Nations; criticizing the world body for
its lack of organization and pointing out its many imaginary
indiscretions in the recent past. So far, the "Oil for Food" scandal
has been a complete bust and provided no damning evidence against Kofi
Annan or the UN senior staff. But you'd never know it from reading the
Times where the slanderous innuendo creates a rich "tapestry of lies"
as thick as Grimm's Fairy Tales.
Now the UN is on to bigger things, like the re-colonization of Sudan
under the rubric of "humanitarian intervention". As Noam Chomsky
points out, "humanitarian intervention" was first invoked by the
Fuehrer when he liberated Poland George Bush-style some 60 years ago.
Now the mantra has been raised again by its zealous advocates at the
NY Times front office.
Hoge notes the Security Council's frustration with Sudan for rejecting
its appeals to bring on the troopserI mean the "peacekeepers". Citing
the massive carnage in Darfur which has resulted in the killing of
over 200,000 people (numbers which are widely disputed) the United
States is pressing for troop-deployment to stave off "genocide".
(Colin Powell's phrase)
America's mad-hatter ambassador, John Bolton said, "It is something we
have pushed hard for, and we're going to continue to push hard, even
though tomorrow is March 1, because this is something that we feel
very strongly about."
"Feel strongly about"?
Has Bolton gone "wobbly" or has compassion for the lives of black
Sudanese natives finally affected his thinking? If so, then where was
the Bush administration when 60,000 mostly black citizens of New
Orleans were shunted into the filthy, excrement-littered Superdome in
the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and kept there at gunpoint?
Bolton's empathy is ludicrous, as is the administration's palavering
about "humanitarian intervention".
Fortunately, the Sudanese government is blocking the charade realizing
that Washington has its eyes on its lavish oil and natural gas
deposits. The UN Security Council has, once again, disgraced itself by
taking part in this farce and providing cover for another
American-engineered takeover of foreign resources.
Sudan knows exactly what to expect from an American-led "peacekeeping
team". The capital, Khartoum, will be secured as will the oil and
natural gas reserves, while Darfur will face persistent fly-overs with
laser-guided munitions directed at errant wedding parties or civilian
enclaves. (aka; Al Qaida "safe-houses")
Why would anyone expect anything different? Has the US made any effort
to provide security for the Afghani people beyond the capital of
Kabul, or have they been left to the mercy of warlords and drug-kingpins?
How about Iraq? How's the U.S. security-program progressing in Babylon?
Sudan would have to be crazy to allow the US or its Security Council
minions to enter their country without a fight. There's no faster way
to surrender one's sovereignty, independence and moral-legitimacy.
That hasn't dimmed the hopes of the imperial-scribes at the "paper of
record". Hoge and his colleagues still doggedly support the colonial
venture despite its glaring setbacks in Iraq and Afghanistan. The
"Gray Lady" is forever sharpening its talons for the next unwitting
victim of American benevolence. This week is Sudan's turn.
Mike Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at:
fergiewhitney @ msn.com
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