Monday, June 11, 2007

Bush Relies On Genocidal Maniacs For Help In Iraq

How desperate is the Bush Administration to right its sinking ship in Iraq? The Los Angeles Times explains:
Sudan has secretly worked with the CIA to spy on the insurgency in Iraq, an example of how the U.S. has continued to cooperate with the Sudanese regime even while condemning its suspected role in the killing of tens of thousands of civilians in Darfur.

President Bush has denounced the killings in Sudan's western region as genocide and has imposed sanctions on the government in Khartoum. But some critics say the administration has soft-pedaled the sanctions to preserve its extensive intelligence collaboration with Sudan.
How bad is the Sudanese regime? According to the Genocide Intervention Network:
Government neglect has left people throughout Sudan poor and voiceless and has caused conflict throughout the country. In February 2003, frustrated by poverty and neglect, two Darfurian rebel groups launched an uprising against the Khartoum government.

The government responded with a scorched-earth campaign, enlisting the help of a militia of Arab nomadic tribes in the region against the innocent civilians of Darfur.

Since February 2003, the Sudanese government in Khartoum and the government-sponsored Janjaweed militia have used rape, displacement, organized starvation and mass murder to kill more than 400,000 and displace 2.5 million. Violence, disease and displacement continue to kill thousands of innocent Darfurians every month.
Also check the SaveDarfur.Org website. Or DarfurGenocide.Org. Even our Republican Congress, in 2004, labeled the Sudanese atrocities genocide.

But what's a little genocide among friends? The Post article continues:
Some critics accuse the Bush administration of being soft on Sudan for fear of jeopardizing the counter-terrorism cooperation. John Prendergast, director of African affairs for the National Security Council in the Clinton administration, called the latest sanctions announced by Bush last month "window dressing," designed to appear tough while putting little real pressure on Sudan to stop the militias it is widely believed to be supporting from killing members of tribal settlements in Darfur.
Nothing is more important to Bush than his little war. Not the lives of our men and women in uniform. Not the lives of Iraqi civilians. And certainly not the victims of Sudanese genocide.

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