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Sudan Leader Bashir And Politics Of Denial

The ability of leaders to deny reality is all too common, particularly when the reality consists of killing over 300,000 people, driving millions to flee for their lives and leaving thousands of women brutalized by rape. However, according to President Bashir of Sudan, none of this ever happened on his watch. “I challenge anybody to bring me evidence that proves the Sudan armed forces attacked and killed citizens in Darfur.” I assume a visit to any refugee camp would provide the Sudan leader with evidence from people who witnessed their families being killed and women being raped by members of the Janjaweed who enjoyed their attacks on innocent civilians. What exactly does the Sudan president think about the millions of refugees who have fled the country? Is it his assumption, they left on a vacation?

The best defense for Bashir is to go on the offense and claim “what happened in Darfur was an insurgency. The state has the responsibility to fight rebels.” On one hand, there was no killing of citizens, on the other hand, there was killing of rebels. One can assume the rebels killed were citizens. As far as Bashir is concerned stories about hundreds of thousands of dead people in Darfur are the result of an “organized media campaign.” We await his next claim the media campaign was begun by the Jewish press.

The tragedy of the Muslim world is they are quick to denounce the Gaza invasion and the killing of 1,200 people by Israel forces, but slip into denial when a Muslim nation is accused of killing 300,000 people and raping thousands of women. The only “organized media campaign” is that of the Muslim media which refuses to describe the horror of Darfur.

Sudan Promises Cease Fire–PR Or Reality?

President Omar al-Bashir, who is under indictment for war crimes, called for a unilateral cease fire in the Sudan. He claimed to be initiating a program to disarm the militia and reduce the use of arms in Darfur. “I hereby announce our immediate unconditional ceasefire between the armed forces and warring factions, provided that an effective monitoring mechanism is put into action and observed by all involved parties.” His janjaweed militia has been responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands as well as the rape and brutalization of untold thousands of women, and suddenly Bashir has become a man of peace.

The Sudan president has become frightened at the prospect of being forced to appear before the International Criminal Court for war crimes. He has established the Sudan People’s Forum which includes members of the opposition and this group has recommended releasing political prisoners and paying compensation to the two million people his militia has driven from their homes. It remains to be seen if he is serious.

War Criminal Sudan President Bashir At Meeting

An eagerly awaited Turkish-African summit meeting is being overshadowed by the presence of Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir who has led his government’s genocidal policies against the people of Darfur. The International Criminal Court(ICC) Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno, has asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for Bashr on charges of genocide, war crimes an crimes against humanity. This is his first trip outside Sudan since issuance of the warrant and believers in human rights would like it served on the war criminal. The Turkish Foreign Ministry insisted “Bashir was invited to the summit as a leader of an African country and there is no arrest warrant against him at this moment.” Turkey has never accepted the ICC but is under pressure from the EU to join.

Perhaps, one day the rule of law will be prevalent throughout the world and gangsters like Bashir will not have opportunities to wander around enjoying visits to foreign lands. It is a sad day when a criminal like Bashir is allowed anywhere in the world.

Genocide? Not Me Insists Sudan Leader!

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir insists he is not concerned over charges leveled against him by the International Criminal Court that he is guilty of genocide. However, he recently sent his Tourism Minister, Joseph Dong, to Mozambique to plead for his assistance in dealing with the genocide charges. Dong told Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, “Sudan rejects these accusations. There is no genocide, there are just some political problems. In any case, we haven’t ratified the treaty setting up this court.” Bashir asked for help in having the entire matter turned over to the African Union where the “political problem” could be resolved among friends.

Despite his claims to the contrary, Bashir is concerned about genocide charges and is trying to get the do-nothing Africa Union involved in the case so he can claim an African entity found him not guilty of the charges. One suspects there are African Union leaders like President Mugabe he would be thrilled to rule there is no genocide in Darfur, just a slight modification of living arrangements.