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I’m A Man Of Peace Insists Sudan President Al-Bashir

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir greeted supporters in Darfur as part of his program to deny claims on the part of the International Criminal Court(ICC) that he has supported genocide in the region. He traveled in a convoy accompanied by a helicopter and with soldiers, police and national security riding vehicles mounted with machine guns, one assumes they were present to protect the peace loving leader from any attempt on the part of the ICC to seize him. Local government officials said they were ordered to attend the rally which greeted the president which witnessed Bashir dancing to nationalistic music as he waved his walking stick in the air.

Bashir told the crowd, “I come here to Darfur to say one thing. That every internally displace person(IDP) must return to their village and then the government must supply social services.” A journalist, Adil el-Baz, commented: “It makes him look politically very good if the people of Darfur welcome him and observers see thousands of people rushing to welcome him.”

A photo op will not make up for the 300,000 dead people and the 2.2 million who barely survive in refugee camps.

Ahmadinejad Rants On About Oppressed Sudan

President Mahmud Ahmadinejad blasted the International Criminal Court in the Hague for daring to accuse Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir of genocide. Last week the ICC termed Sudan policies in Darfur as a crime against humanity which has caused the death of over 300,000 people and forced nearly two million to flee for their lives. “Colonialist powers want to cut Sudan into pieces in their own ways, they want to prevent this country from having a constructive role in AFrica and the Islamic world,” charged a president who presides over a nation in which nine people will shortly be stoned to death for the “crime” of adultery. Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki condemned the action as “unfair” and “biased.”

Ahmadinejad does not see any difference between a leader who organizes and carries out a brutal program that results in the death of hundreds of thousands as well as the rape of women from accidental bombings in Afghanistan by planes. He charges “these are people who have not responded to hundreds of crimes committed by Saddam and the recent bombing of a wedding ceremony in Afghanistan.” But, Saddam Hussein was executed for his crimes, how about executing Omar al-Beshir for his crimes?

President Ahmadinejad is prepared to stone people to death for adultery, but apparently does not consider rape of women to be of such a criminal magnitude.

Jordan Newspaper Questions Sudan Genocide Charge

Rami Khouri, writing in the Jordan Times, raises questions about the International Criminal Court decision to charge Sudan President Omar Hassan Bashir with the crime of genocide. He suggests the indictment will result in Arabs wondering “if this is a new form of racism and colonialism that applies different standards of accountability for different countries.” Bashir is accused of masterminding policies to destroy three of the largest ethnic groups in Darfur(the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa) by using the armed forces, the Jajaweed mlitias, and the entire government apparatus in an effort to kill civilians.

“But these criminal charges against Arabs in Sudan,” says Khouri, “have to be weighed against three other realities: massive crimes committed against Arabs by their own leaders in other Arab countries; crimes committed by Israel; and, the mass suffering, death, destitution, refugee flows, and other consequences of invading foreign forces– especially the American-led troops in Iraq. Will any of the crimes by Arab, Israeli or American leaders be equally investigated in due course?”

Mr. Khouri validly suggests all who go down the road of using violence should be brought to trial. However, international courts at this juncture in human history simply can not intrude into each and every nation’s immoral behaviors. Which country has not used force and violence in pursuit of its aims–both internally and externally as a society? The Sudan is an example of “genocide” which is defined as the systematic destruction of a group of people. Israel, the United States, Hamas, Hezbollah and others have all used violence, but neither of these entities is engaged in a systematic destruction of a people. Granted, a critic might say, I am quibbling, but international courts simply lack the jurisdiction or resources to deal with all crimes against human dignity.

Uganda Civil War Goes On And On

One of Africa’s longest lasting wars which has resulted in the death of thousands and the use of children to conduct some of the most brutal fighing on the planet is apparently no longer closeer to a resolution than before. Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance ArmyILRA) failed to show up at an agreed spot near R-Kwanga, on the remote and thickly wooded Sudan-Congo border. Ugandan religious and cultural leaders ventured into the forest in an attempt to find him. Internal Affairs Minister Ruhakana Ruganda said “the devleopment yesterday and today are a challenge to the peace process… nevertheless the peace process continues.” Kony’s 22- year rebellion aganst the Ugandan gvernment has killed tens of thosuands of people and uprooted 2 million in northern Uganda.

Kony is wanted for numerous war crimes by the international criminal court)|(ICC) in the Hague. Even if the rebels sign a peace agreement Kony has vowed not to surrender his arms until charges are dropped against him. The Uganda government wants to handle the matter internally in order to end fighting and restore peace. It prefers drawing upon traditional African reconciliation procedures in hope of peace.

Although the world would enjoy the prospect of placing on trial a brutal dictator who has abused innocent children in his mad wars, the most important consideration must be restoring peace to Uganda.