It was wonderful to
behold tens of thousands gathered on the National
Mall in Washington, DC, to demand an end to the
genocide in Darfur, in the western Sudan. The
reality of genocide against Muslim Black Africans
at the hands of Arabized Muslim Black Africans
is a fact: 400,000 thousand have already died
and millions have been displaced, many in camps
that are even now surrounded by their killers
and rapists. The regime in Khartoum is also responsible
for the deaths of more than two million people
in the southern Sudan.
The political scope of the speakers
at the rally was quite impressive: everybody hates
genocide, in principle. And it is true, as actor
George Clooney’s father told the crowd, that “nothing
we can do will help [the victims] if they are
dead.” A collective and sustained wail and scream
of humanity, and collective action on a massive
scale, is required, to halt the mass murder of
our sisters and brothers and children.
those who would lead this fight against genocide,
must also be clear-sighted. The bi-partisan nature
of the rally may have caused some to believe that
the Bush regime is sincere in its efforts to halt
the slaughter in Darfur. Such is not the case,
and people must be disabused of that illusion.
Bush cares nothing for the lives of Black Africans,
or human beings of any color, anywhere on the
No less than China and Russia, the
United States is playing a geopolitical game with
oil-rich Sudan while the people of Darfur die.
The Bush men perceive it to be in their interest
to make a loud noise about genocide, while withholding
the resources that could bring the daily massacres
and rapes and starvations to a halt. Only 7,000
African Union troops are stationed in Darfur,
an area as large as Texas. They cannot possibly
protect the women and children besieged by the
murderous Janjaweed militia and Sudanese military.
Africa lacks the logistical resources – the planes
and trucks and equipment – to put a real peace-keeping
force on the ground. Only the United States –
the superpower empire – has such logistical capability.
And the United States military and logistical
network is already deployed in other countries
throughout the region.
The Sahel, that vast belt of savannah,
desert and semi-desert that stretches across the
face of northern Africa, from the Indian Ocean
to the Atlantic Ocean, is infested with American
troops and logistical networks. The United States
is preparing to open up a new, African command
center, ostensibly to deal with terrorist threats
in the region. The U.S. military has extensive
general-to-general relations with most of the
militaries of the countries in the region, ready
and willing to supply the needs of cooperative
armed forces. That includes the armed forces of
Chad, which neighbors Darfur, Sudan.
it wanted to, the U.S. could provide all the logistic
support necessary to place an effective African
Union troop presence in Darfur, and to stop the
killing. But Bush will not do that, despite repeated
pleas for help from the African Union. The Bush
regime prefers to pretend it is the good guy,
while withholding support to the Africans who
could save lives right now, on the ground in Darfur.
Forget about diplomatic niceties. The Bush regime
cares nothing for international law, and does
what it wants. Clearly, it does not want the African
Union mission in Darfur to succeed, or for the
genocide to end. For Radio BC, I’m Glen Ford.
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