Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Devils on Horseback

Darfur, the extremely uncivil Civil War in southern Sudan has produced an interesting twist, after years of neglect and prevarication. The President of Sudan has been named in an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court. The Court in the Hague, according to the BBC has charged Omar al-Bashir with crimes against humanity and war crimes, but not genocide, which is funny (ha ha) as his government t has been supporting the extermination of the population in the southern part of his benighted country.
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In the north of Sudan there is a population of Arabs with total control over the entire country. in the southern regions away from the coast there is a population of Africans, Negroes for want of a better term who have the same nationality as those in charge in Khartoum but of a different racial aspect. They have the misfortune of looking different living in poverty like nomads and occupying lands that may hold untold wealth. So the government organized a campaign to wipe them out. Murder them to death at the hands of mercenaries on horseback called janjaweed who sweep down on the farmers and slaughter them.
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The West as usual wring it hands, just as we did in Zimbabwe where cholera is rampant in the 21st century. Cholera! A 19th century killer if ever there was one, it struck terror into the hearts of Empire builders but in our day and age it's not even an issue with sanitation, food and drugs easily available. The mercenaries hired by the Sudanese government have been slaughtering Darfurians with a ferocity and joy that is reminiscent of Serbs in Bosnia. Except these people aren't white, they are black. Oh well.
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Curiously enough we have all known about Darfur for ages and nothing could be done. An American visiting the area became determined to awaken the conscience of the well-to-do and produced a shocking film called The Devil Came on Horseback and peddled it in theaters and in Congress to get some action. I saw the movie; I was shocked; I did nothing, actions imitated by my leaders everywhere. The killing went on.
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The n suddenly war crimes charges are filed out of apparently nowhere. Could it be the fresh breeze blowing through Washington D.C. has something to do with it. Our new Administration has been falling on it's face when confronting the economy but has been sweeping the halls clean of the civil rights abuses of the previous administration. Perhaps this is a small sign that someone somewhere else has been encouraged?

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