FW: Sudan Comments
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From: Gale Daggs [mailto:gdaggs5@...]
Sudan is located in Northern Africa, bordering the Red Sea, between Egypt
and Eritrea. The terrain of Sudan is generally flat, featureless plain;
mountains in east and west.
Climate: Sudan is tropical in south; arid desert in north; rainy season
(April to October)
The present conflict in western Sudan, Darfor began as a conflict between
pastoralists and agriculturalists. The pastroralists are the janjaweed and
the agriculturalists are the so-called rebels or peasant army, the JEM,
(Justice and Equality Movement) who have been corrupted by their association
with the SPLA or Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army in the South that has just
signed a peace agreement with the North referred to as the Arab North and
the South as the animist and sometimes Christian South.
All the people of Sudan are practically the same skin color although in the
North there maybe more variation in skin colors than in other parts of Sudan
due to Arab invasion about the 8th century. Although there are many
languages in Sudan, Arabic is spoken in all parts of the country.
There is an effort underway by American Christian groups to Anglicize the
Southern Sudan by supplying weapons to fight the North, that tried to
institute Sahria(Islamic law).( since then this point has been negotiated to
not include the South. The negotiated settlement between the National
Islamic Front (North Sudan) and the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Front (South
Sudan) states that the South can hold a referendum in 5 years as to whether
they want to create separate state.
Christian American organizations and the American government have been
supplying Bibles translated into Arabic and arms respectively to the people
of Southern Sudan as well as teaching English. The Israelis have been
supplying weapons and logistical support. Since Rev. and former Senator now
ambassador to the UN John Danforth, helped to negotiate a settlement between
the North and South Sudan, the United States acting through its proxy the
SPLA, has decided to continue the war by other means: supplying the rebels
of the Western Sudan (Darfor) or JEM with weapons and logistical support to
continue the war with the Janjaweed, the JEM or rebels refuse to even sit
down to the table to talk with the North about the Janjaweed until all their
demands are met, although the Sudanese government has sent in 5000 troops to
protect the people of Darfor. The U.S. House of Rep is charging the
National Islamic Front with "Genocide". And the UN and the EU has been
threatening to do the same.
Under the 4th Geneva Convention, the UN charter under such a charge by that
body would legally allow any country to intervene militarily. The U.S. and
Britain is avoiding the mistake it made on Iraq by not getting the consent
to the international community for intervention, so far the UN, the EU.
Australia and New Zealand are making proposals to send troops.
The United States government has a covert policy to intervene or control
every government where oil is located and to at the same time act in the
interests of the Israelis' to contain the power and influence of Arab states
so that it can do whatever it wants in Palestine. The Christian Right is
also acting in this geopolitical "game" providing aid, education and
propaganda for Israel and the US through Bible scripture feed to their
adherents and thus the US voters.
Oil is located in the Sudan in the North, the South and the central part of
Sudan. The JEM is refusing to negotiate in the interests of the US, to
prolong the disaster in Darfor such that a claim of genocide may rise to the
level of internationally legal norms of describing such a claim. Although
the North is not to blame for this local dispute over grazing and
agricultural land and is doing much to contain the janjaweed, it is claimed
that the National Islamic Front that controls the government originally
supplied the janjaweed.
This supplies the US and the British along with their allies with rationale
for invasion. Additionally, this is the rainy season in Darfor and roads
are difficult to non-existent, the aid agencies are having difficulty
traversing the terrain for these reasons, not wholly for obstruction by the
government. There is no doubt that there is a disaster in progress but not
for the reasons propagandized in the western press. Darfor is so obscure
until many other news agencies around the world have been unable to give a
more accurate accounting of happenings in the region.
Largest Oil finds in Sudan are in the North and the oil fields there are
operated by an oil company composed of the Chinese, the Malaysians and the
Canadians who have bought various amounts of interests. The Sudanese
government controls 5%. The Anglo-American gang of the US and UK wants to
be the sole power behind the control of the world's oil as the North Sea
supplies and other areas dry-up and to literally hold the whole world in its
hand and shut-down economies when ever it deems as it has done in North
Korea. Socialism has not so much failed in the world, as the western
countries have created punitive consequences for not adopting economies of
private ownership. Globalization of lending practices by multinational
institutions like the IMF and the World Bank and their prescriptive
structural adjustment programs are simply a further elaboration of the
efforts of the world capitalist class to advance opportunities for
themselves. The move on Sudan is another cog in the wheel of capitalist
advance with Britain and the US in the driver's seat. Gale Daggs