Who’s Responsible for the Crisis in Darfur? The Jews, of Course!

by Kevin Jon Heller

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.


3 Responses

  1. Yep, the fable sounds familiar. In the Balkans the Western Powers are blamed for everything.

    “The break-up . . . was not in the interest of the people of Yugoslavia, but it was in the interest of certain western powers . . . after the death of Tito,” Mr Karadzic said, referring to the long-time communist ruler who died in 1981.

    “I hope that through my trial, the people of Bosnia will see what was done to us by members of the international community, and how we were manipulated,” said Mr Karadzic


  2. “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.”

    Seriously?  From a diplomat?  I really want a representative from the United States talking about giving gold stars to genocidal governments. 

  3. Really, why is anybody surprised. This is par for the course with this administration, see Iran & post-election, Afghanistan & its election results, sign-on to the Chavez bandwagon supporting Manuel Zelaya, and a wimpy lukewarm maiden speech by the U.S. before the Human Rights Council being directed by countries with…let’s say bad human rights records.

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