If you're just joining us, here's the score:
• Sudanese military, Arab gangs kill tens of thousands of blacks.
• U.S. calls it genocide.
• U.N. says no, it's not.
So, who's the real villain here? Is it the Sudanese government and its roving Arab death squads, for mass killings of blacks? Or is it the U.N., for standing back and allowing Sudan to continue its bloody work?
Trick question! The answer, obviously, is George W. Bush.
He's only tossing around wild claims of genocide because he wants to invade Sudan and get his hands on all that Sudanese oil. Not because, you know, there actually is a genocide going on.
As Hodari Abdul-Ali, executive director of the Orwellianly-named Give Peace a Chance Coalition, helpfully pointed out while on a panel discussing the Darfur crisis at Stanford University yesterday, Bush is making up reasons to get involved in Sudan just as he did with Iraq:
Let's face it -- the United States didn't say it was going into Iraq to get oil, it said it was bringing democracy and the world knows that's not the case.It's a mistake to assume the world shares your own personal delusions there, H-man. (Somehow, it's always the pacifists who end up defending the world's most murderous regimes.)
Incidentally, the panel on which Abdul-Ali spoke was a nice, neutral affair sponsored by Stanford's Muslim Student Awareness Network.
Speaking on the same Stanford panel, Sudan's ambassador to the U.S. Khidir Haroun Ahmed chimed in, saying Bush's reckless genocide-mongering has only made matters worse: "The mischaracterization as genocide by the United States has emboldened the rebel groups."
Ahmed ignores the fact that even the U.N. commision's own report found that Sudan's "government forces and militias conducted indiscriminate attacks" including "killing of civilians, enforced disappearances, destruction of villages, rape and other forms of sexual violence, pillaging and forced displacement, throughout Darfur."
Somehow, I don't think Dubya is the real problem here. If his Sudanese critics are to be believed, he causes thousands of casualties even in countries he doesn't invade.
A big Riding Sun thank you to Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs for the link and hat tip.