African Spring or African Slaughter?

Faith J. H. McDonnell directs the Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Religious Liberty Program and Church Alliance for a New Sudan and is the author of Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children (Chosen Books, 2007).


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Since even with superior weapons, the NCP has been unable to defeat the SPLA-North, it appear that they have called in reinforcements. SPLA-North intelligence sources reported on Wednesday, July 27, the arrival of 200 Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers, accompanied by 10 advanced tanks at the Kassala airport in Eastern Sudan. Kassala was also the location of the arrival of Al Shabaab Somali jihadists heading to South Kordofan/Nuba Mountains two weeks before. Eastern Sudan’s indigenous Beja people have often warned that the NCP uses Eastern Sudan as a launching area for terrorist operations.

On August 11, 2011, the SPLA-North intelligence services reported that four Iranian jet fighters, listed as STAR 33, STAR 66, 55 NC, and 49 NSTAR, and “loaded with poison gas,” had arrived at El Obeid airport in North Kordofan. The Iranians were joining the SAF to attack the towns of Salara, Krongo, Fama, Tais, Hagar Almak, Chat Dammam, and Chat Alsifia, and to target Commander Abdelaziz Adam Alhilu. The report also said that Khartoum planned to force the recruitment of Nuba living in Khartoum as militias to fight against their own people in the Nuba Mountains, disseminate false information about the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/Northern Sector, and initiate ceasefires to delay any action against them and weaken the resolve of the international community.

Sure enough, just as it began to look as if fellow tyrant Muammar Gaddafi’s days are numbered, Khartoum began its usual tactics of delay and deception. The Washington Post on August 20 reported that Sudan’s U.N. Ambassador, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, had announced that ” it will allow six U.N. agencies to take part in a government-organized mission to South Kordofan, where the U.N. human rights office has called for a probe into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Osman said that the Khartoum-led ‘investigation’ would refute the findings of a U.N. report released on August 15 alleging that Sudanese security forces had committed mass atrocities in the region. Khartoum has denied committing atrocities and has called the U.N. report “biased” and “unfounded.”

It remains to be seen if the world community will be snookered by Khartoum or not. The Obama administration seems as unable or unwilling to see the regime’s evil nature as they are to see that supporting Sudan’s marginalized people in their efforts to transform the country (far less effort than we provided to nebulous Libyan rebels) would be a great strike against jihad terrorism and would help the cause of freedom all over the world.

Because the Nuba and Sudan’s other marginalized and oppressed people groups, as well as many brave young Arab Sudanese around the capital, truly desire freedom and secular democracy, regime change in Sudan might actually bring about a better situation for all Sudanese. Most of Sudan’s “rebels” have more in common with America and Israel than they do Egypt and Libya. They are men like Commander Abdelaziz Adam Alhilu and Commander Yasir Arman, who says of his dream of a new Sudan, “Not the Sudan of today, a Sudan of misery and wars and human rights violations,” but one “which respects human rights, in which every citizen feels he belongs to that country.” And unlike the rebels of Libya, these freedom fighters would ensure that the constitution of a new Sudan is Shariah-free.

Faith J. H. McDonnell directs The Institute on Religion and Democracy’s Religious Liberty Program and Church Alliance for a New Sudan, and is the author of Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Northern Uganda’s Children (Chosen Books, 2007).

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  • Dispozadaburka

    Pharoah Obama wants Islam to be the universal religion.
    Once he takes over Jerusalem for Islam,
    He will rule the world.

  • MSMII

    The Spring that precedes the summer. Why is it that as all this unfolds I keep hearing the strains and melody of The Doors' Peace Frog? http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/08/thank-ob

    While this is nothing new, Obama, the empty suit, has made an empty gesture http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/08/syrian-ohttp://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/08/syrian-s

    and this makes us all ask, and speculate, why Obama, the empty suit, does nothing but avoid Syria http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-is-

  • MSMII

    Africa is a huge mess. http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/08/somali-m

    Even though there are steps being taken to prosecute one war criminal in Africa, there are hundreds more who will never get stopped http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/08/first-ic

  • redhawk1989

    Obama's presidency is a joke.He's half-muslim half-communist and he cares about two groups in the world:muslims and communists while in the same time continues his war agaist jews,christians and other non-muslims.

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  • WilliamJamesWard

    In Lybia the EU and Nato are on a humanitarian mission to save those religion of
    peace individuals that Gaddafi wants to get his hands on. Gaddafi's people,
    men, women and children are bombed by Nato, and the religious peacenicks
    of Islam (Muslim Brotherhood) gain ground they never could have otherwise.
    In Kartoum where Islamic murderers flourish and have forgotten they are peaceful
    people wage war on poor people in Nuba, slaughter them where they can and
    seek the help of Amaddinnerjacket and his thugs to kill even more. America,
    Nato the EU pay lip service to the real genocide at best and ignore the murders
    to the shame of any civilised persons left on this planet. The Nuba people's blood
    is on Obama's hands, he must not like Black Africans of Christian persuasion.
    Obama is a man of peace as Islam is a religion of peace……….really…. William

  • SoCalMike

    Mr. Barack Hussein Obama,
    There is a special place in hell with your name on it.
    You have betrayed the free people of the world so you could lay in bed with and satisfy the precious sensibilities of Islamo-Fascists the world over.
    You help the Jihadis and the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East and invite them into the White House while turning a blind eye to their victims in the Sudan.
    You are truly loathsome scum.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    I think it’s peculiar that it is white people, specifically Zionist Jews who keep trying to assert that Obama is aloof to the needs of black people and should be naturally inclined to speak about things like riots and Sudanese liberation. We get it. We get it already. Israel wants to depose the Islamic government of Sudan, so it had invested in a huge anti-Darfur hasbara. But this incessant clamor and race-baiting of the US President is the most craven phoniness. Stop begging for stuff that even black people aren’t begging for. Jews are saying Obama isn’t black enough. It is sheer stupidity.

    • UCSPanther

      Sounds like someone is upset about the idea of Omar Bashir and his genocidal minions suffering a defeat in the form of South Sudan, and blames the Jews for all the world's problems.

      And if and when the Omar regime starts fumigating civilians like the Hussein regime did to the Kurds, I am 100% sure you will be right here trying to justify an honest-to-god war crime, just like how Father Charles Coughlin justified Kristalnacht in one of his more infamous speeches back in the '30s.

      You are a Jew-hater whether you like it or not, and you sound like a 1920s/1930s-era fascist apologist to boot.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        No. I am opposed to cartels and their regimes, including Pan-Arab cartels. I am not opposed to Pan-Arabism. Israel is, and western oil cartels are. I also do not support the ICC. I think it is a sham and it is beyond credibility that G-states can bring leaders of non-G states before a court as if they were common criminals and not world leaders. As you know, Israel, the United States and Sudan specifically reject the authority of the ICC and it would be a cold day in hell before a person like Ariel Sharon or Dick Cheney honored a summons there.

        • UCSPanther

          Deny, deny, try to throw your detractor off, blame the Jews, etc.

          That's the same trick you antisemites always use when backed into a corner.

          I suggest you change your name to "Coughlin", because that's exactly the same role you are trying to fill. You ain't foolin' me.

  • Anamah

    Could you please call Hollywood stars to tell them about this? Where is Jane Fonda? Does CNN still running TV news? Maybe ABC, MSNBC, NBC are too distracted with racists Tea Party and vowing their beloved fraudulent Messiah… where are all those useful idiots with no ears and closed eyes? There are someone at the UN with a trace of decency?