29 Sep Who’s Responsible for the Crisis in Darfur? The Jews, of Course!
Another classic by the Sudanese government:
Ismail also accused Israel of being behind aggravation and continuation of the Darfur crisis, saying “a group of Darfurians have recently admitted that they have provided the International Criminal Court (ICC) with false evidences, which support our assurances that there are Zionist trends behind aggravation of the Darfur crisis and undermining of the stability in the region.”
Yep, just another run-of-the-mill Israel/ICC plot to prevent the Sudanese government from bringing peace and prosperity to Darfur. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that.
ADDENDUM: On a more serious note, it’s distressing to think that this is the government that Obama’s Darfur envoy, Scott Gration, has so effusively praised recently. Make sure to read the Washington Post‘s shocking article today about Gration’s coddling of Bashir. Here is a snippet:
Still, at the end of the visit, Gration maintained a strikingly different perspective. He had seen signs of goodwill from the government of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, he said, and viewed many of the complaints as understandable yet knee-jerk reactions to a government he trusts is ready to change.
“We’ve got to think about giving out cookies,” said Gration, who was appointed in March. “Kids, countries — they react to gold stars, smiley faces, handshakes, agreements, talk, engagement.”
Gration said that in his view, the ruling party deserves credit lately for allowing some foreign aid groups to return after Bashir expelled others following his March indictment by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes in Darfur. Gration said economic sanctions, first imposed in 1997, have thwarted development that would help marginalized parts of Sudan.
Talk about setting the bar low! In order to earn praise from Gration and the Obama administration, all a dictator has to do is create a humanitarian crisis and then take minor — and wholly inadequate — steps to alleviate it.
The best, however, has to be Gration’s line about the IDPs: “And many displaced Darfurians are dealing with ‘psychological stuff’ that is leading to unhelpful mistrust of the government, he said.” How dare the Darfurians let their brutal treatment by the government get in the way of trusting the government!
What an embarrassment.