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    The US s War In Darfur by Keith Harmon Snow http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=1 The Darfur region of Sudan
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      The US's War In Darfur
      by Keith Harmon Snow
      http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=1


      The Darfur region of Sudan possesses the third largest copper and the
      fourth largest uranium deposits on the planet, in addition to
      strategic location and significant oil resources of its own. Is the
      US-based "Save Darfur" movement snowing the US public on the
      fundamental nature of the conflict in Sudan? Are "Save Darfur" and
      the prevention of genocide the covers of convenience for the next
      round of US oil and resource wars on the African continent?

      The Darfur region of western Sudan has been a hotbed of clandestine
      activities, gunrunning and indiscriminate violence for decades.

      "The humanitarian tragedy in Darfur revolves around natural resources…
      Given current realities, no intervention in Darfur will proceed, and
      if it did it would fail."

      So opined the authors of the September 2006 OPED "Keeping Peacekeepers
      out of Darfur" [GN1](DHG, 9/15/06). Now, over a year later, the
      situation in Sudan is grimmer than ever, the Darfur conflict remains
      widely mischaracterized, and many of the predictions of that OPED have
      come true. Meanwhile, the "Save Darfur" advocates pressing military
      intervention in Darfur as a "humanitarian" gesture have escalated
      pressure in the face of mounting failures, including allegations that
      millions of "Save Darfur" dollars fundraised on a sympathy for victims
      platform have been misappropriated.

      The Darfur region of western Sudan has been a hotbed of clandestine
      activities, gunrunning and indiscriminate violence for decades. The
      Cold War era saw countless insurgencies launched from the remote
      deserts of Darfur. Throughout the 1990's factions allied with or
      against Chad, Uganda, Ethiopia, Congo, Libya, Eritrea and the Central
      African Republic operated from bases in Darfur, and it was a regular
      landing strip for foreign military transport planes of mysterious
      origin. In 1990, Chad's Idriss Deby launched a military blitzkrieg
      from Darfur and overthrew President Hissan Habre; Deby then allied
      with his own ethnic group against the Sudan government. Sudanese
      rebels today have bases in Chad, and Chadian rebels have bases in
      Darfur, with Khartoum's backing.[GN2] When the regime of Ange-Félix
      Patassé collapsed in the Central African Republic in March 2003,
      soldiers fled to Darfur with their military equipment. Khartoum
      supported the West Nile Bank Front, a rebel army operating against
      Uganda from Eastern Congo, commanded by Taban Amin, the son of the
      infamous Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, who heads Uganda's dreaded
      Internal Security Organization. Darfur is the epicenter of a
      modern-day international geopolitical scramble for Africa's resources.
      Darfur is reported to have the fourth largest copper and third largest
      uranium deposits in the world.


      Conflict in Darfur escalated in 2003 after in parallel with
      negotiations "ending" the south Sudan war. The U.S.-backed insurgency
      by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), the guerilla force that
      fought the northern Khartoum government for 20 years, shifted to
      Darfur, even as the G.W. Bush government allied with Khartoum in the
      U.S. led "war on terror." The Sudan Liberation Army (SLA)—one of some
      27 rebel factions mushrooming in Darfur—is allied with the SPLA and
      supported from Uganda. Andrew Natsios, former USAID chief and now US
      envoy to Sudan, said on October 6, 2007 that the atmosphere between
      the governments of north and south Sudan "had become poisonous." This
      is no surprise given the magnitude of the resource war in Sudan and
      the involvement of international interests.

      Darfur is reported to have the fourth largest copper and third largest
      uranium deposits in the world. Darfur produces two-thirds of the
      world's best quality gum Arabic—a major ingredient in Coke and Pepsi.
      Contiguous petroleum reserves are driving warfare from the Red Sea,
      through Darfur, to the Great Lakes of Central Africa. Private military
      companies operate alongside petroleum contractors and "humanitarian"
      agencies. Sudan is China's fourth biggest supplier of imported oil,
      and U.S. companies controlling the pipelines in Chad and Uganda seek
      to displace China through the US military alliance with "frontline"
      states hostile to Sudan: Uganda, Chad and Ethiopia.

      Israel reportedly provides military training to Darfur rebels from
      bases in Eritrea, and has strengthened ties with the regime in Chad,
      from which more weapons and troops penetrate Darfur. The refugee camps
      have become increasingly militarized. There are reports that Israeli
      military intelligence operates from within the camps, as does U.S
      intelligence. Eritrea is about to explode into yet another war with
      Ethiopia.

      African Union (AU) forces in Darfur include Nigerian and Rwandan
      troops responsible for atrocities in their own countries. While
      committing 5000 troops for a UN force in Darfur, Ethiopia is
      perpetrating genocidal atrocities in Somalia, and against Ethiopians
      in the Ogaden, Oromo and Anuak regions. Uganda has 2000 U.S.-trained
      troops in Somalia, also committing massive atrocities, and the
      genocide against the Acholi people in northern Uganda proceeds out of
      sight. Ethiopia is the largest recipient of U.S. "Aid" in Africa, with
      Rwanda and Uganda close on its heals. France is deeply committed to
      the Anglo-American strategy, which will benefit Total Oil Corp.
      The "Save Darfur" campaign is deeply aligned with Jewish and Christian
      faith-based organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel.


      AU troops receive military-logistic support from NATO, and are widely
      hated. Early in October 2007, SLA rebels attacked an AU base killing
      ten troops. In a subsequent editorial sympathetic to rebel factions
      ("Darfur's Bitter Ironies," Guardian Online, 10/4/07) Smith College
      English professor Eric Reeves espoused the tired rhetoric of
      "Khartoum's genocidal counter-insurgency war in Darfur," a position
      counterproductive to any peaceful settlement. To minimize the damage
      this rebel attack has done to their credibility Reeves and other "Save
      Darfur" advocates cast doubt about the rebels' identities and
      mischaracterized the SLA attackers as "rogue commanders." However,
      there is near unanimous agreement, internationally, that rebels are
      "out of control," committing widespread rape and plundering with
      impunity, just as the SPLA did in South Sudan for over a decade.

      Debunking the claims of a "genocide against blacks" or an "Islamic
      holy-war" against Christians, Darfur's Arab and black African ethnic
      groups have intermarried for centuries, and nearly everyone is Muslim.
      The "Save Darfur" campaign is deeply aligned with Jewish and Christian
      faith-based organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe and
      Israel. These groups have relentlessly campaigned for Western military
      action, demonizing both Sudan and China, but they have never addressed
      Western military involvement—backing factions on all sides. By
      mobilizing constituencies sympathetic to the "genocide" label and the
      cries of "never again" they do a grave disservice to the cause of
      human rights.

      There is growing dissent within the "Save Darfur" movement as more
      supporters question its motivations and the Jewish/Israeli link. "Save
      Darfur" leaders have been replaced after complaints surfaced about
      expenditures of funds. Many rebel leaders reportedly receive tens of
      thousands of dollars monthly, and rebels emboldened by the "Save
      Darfur" movement commit crimes with impunity. There is a growing
      demand to probe the accounts of "Save Darfur" to find out how the tens
      of millions collected are being spent due to allegations of arms-deals
      and bribery—rebel leaders provided with five-star hotel
      accommodations, prostitutes and sex parties.
      The West is desperate to deploy a "robust peacekeeping" mission in
      Darfur, to press the Western agenda, but United Nations forces will
      only deepen the chaos.


      "Save Darfur" is today the rallying cry for a broad coalition of
      special interests. Advocacy groups—from the local Massachusetts
      Congregation B'Nai Israel chapter to the International Crises Group
      and USAID—have fueled the conflict through a relentless, but
      selective, public relations campaign that disingenuously serves a
      narrow policy agenda. These interests offer no opportunity for
      corrective analyses, but stubbornly press their agenda, and they are
      widely criticized for inflaming tensions in Darfur. Rhetoric,
      aggression and propaganda do not make a strong foreign policy, and the
      African people suffering from this brutal international conflict
      involving China, Saudi Arabia, France, Britain, Canada, the United
      States and Israel cannot eat good intentions foolishly delivered under
      the banners of "humanitarian aid" and a poorly cloaked militarism.

      The West is desperate to deploy a "robust peacekeeping" mission in
      Darfur, to press the Western agenda, but United Nations forces will
      only deepen the chaos. The UN forces will cost billions of dollars and
      will achieve nothing positive. Indeed, the results will be disastrous,
      creating another Iraq and Afghanistan—only increasing the chaos and
      devastation already apparent. The United States is hated for this kind
      of aggression and posturing, and the U.S. economy will continue to suffer.


      Keith Harmon Snow is an independent human rights investigator and war
      correspondent who worked with Survivors Rights International
      (2005-2006), Genocide Watch (2005-2006) and the United Nations (2006)
      to document and expose genocide and crimes against humanity in Sudan
      and Ethiopia. He has worked in 17 countries in Africa, and he recently
      worked in Afghanistan.

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