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17. The ICC Facilitates US Covert War in Sudan

Sources:
Inter Press Service, March 9, 2009
Title: “Aren’t There War Crimes in The US? Legitimacy of Global Court Questioned Over Sudan”
Author: Thalif Deen

Dissindentvoice.org, Black Star News, and San Francisco Bay View, March 6, 2009
Title: “Africom’s Covert War in Sudan”
Author: Keith Harmon Snow

Michelcollon.info, April 1, 2009
Title: “The Darfur crisis: blood, hunger and oil”
Author: Mohamed Hassan interview with Grégoire Lalieu and Michel Collon

Student Researcher: Curtis Harrison
Faculty Evaluator: Keith Gouveia J.D.
Sonoma State University

The United States promoted the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) indictment of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes in Darfur, in order to justify continuing Western exploitation and military interventions in the resource-rich region.

“America is an opportunist country,” explains Sudanese Ambassador Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad. “They want to use the ICC without being a party to it.” In effect, he said, US soldiers can have immunity, but not the president of Sudan.

At a UN press conference, the ambassador also challenged reporters to show him any photographs or film footage from Darfur that would equal the destruction of human lives and homes in Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan. “Did anybody ask who is accountable for this damage and destruction?”

Asked why Sudan was being singled out, the Sudanese envoy said Western nations are eyeing Sudan’s newly discovered oil riches.
Western nations have been marginalized in the region, in terms of both oil exploration and arms supplies, by China, which has in recent years become one of Sudan’s closest political, economic and military allies. Mohamad explains that the US, UK and France, “harbor a desire to revive their colonial dreams in Sudan.”

Keith Harmon Snow warns, “It is difficult to make sense of the war in Darfur —especially when people see it as a one-sided “genocide” of Arabs against blacks that is being committed by the Bashir ‘regime’—but such is the establishment propaganda. The real story is much more expansive, more complex, and it revolves around . . . deeper geopolitical realities.”

Michele Colon explains that when the British Empire invaded and colonized Egypt in 1898, Sudan, by extension, became an Anglo-Egyptian colony. As in other African colonies, Great Britain applied the “divide-and-rule” policy. Sudan was divided into two parts. In the north they kept Arabic as the official language and Islam as religion. In the south, the English language was imposed and missionaries converted people to Christianity.  There was no trade between the two areas. The British imported Greek and Armenian minorities to create a buffer zone. Great Britain also imposed a modern economic system that we could call capitalism. They built one train line to connect Egypt and Sudan and another to connect Khartoum to Port Sudan. These looting lines were used to siphon resources from Sudan into Great Britain and to be sold on the international market. Khartoum became an economically dynamic center of colonial activity.

This imposed division of Sudan and the choice of Khartoum as its economic center led to a series of civil wars.

When Sudan gained independence in 1956, there were still no relations between the two parts of the country. The first civil war was sparked by Southern Sudan’s demand for an equitable share of the control and wealth of the country, which was still concentrated in Khartoum. When in 1978 Chevron discovered important oil fields in Southern Sudan, a second civil war broke out as Northern Sudan sought control of those revenues.

Relationships soured between US and Sudan as Chevron’s motives in the region conflicted with those of the new Khartoum-based president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir.
In this setting, Colon notes, with Sudanese oil slipping away from American interests, China came in, offering to buy raw minerals and oil from Sudan at international market prices. Whereas Africa used to be the private hunting grounds of the West, China now competes for domination of the rich African continent.

The Western agenda in Darfur, Sudan is to win back control of natural resources by weakening the Arab government and establishing a more “friendly” government that will accommodate the corporate interests of the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Israel.

The ICC was used in the strategy to turn world opinion against al-Bashir and the government of Sudan, and to further divide and destabilize the region. The legitimacy of the court is being questioned as it shows itself to be a tool of Western hegemony.

Following on the heels of the announcement that the ICC handed down seven war crimes charges against al-Bashir, a story broadcast into every American living room by day’s end, President al-Bashir ordered the expulsion of ten international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that were operating in Darfur under the veneer of humanitarian aid.

Snow points out that this expulsion was used to further ramp up Western public demand for military intervention. “Mainstream broadcasters expressed moral outrage and complained that ‘hundreds of thousands of innocent refugees will now be subjected to massive unassisted suffering’—as opposed to the assisted suffering they previously faced,” Snow continues, “but they never ask with any serious and honest zeal, why and how the displaced persons and refugees came to be displaced to begin with. Neither do they ask about all the money, intelligence sharing, deal making, and collaboration [between many “humanitarian” NGOs and] private or governmental military agencies.”

What is not reported in English-speaking press is that the US had just stepped up its ongoing war for control of Sudan. There are US Special Forces on the ground throughout the region, and the big questions are, 1) How many of the killings are being committed by US proxy forces and blamed on al-Bashir and the government of Sudan? And 2) Who funds, arms and trains the rebel insurgents?
Colon concludes that while the Western strategy is to magnify regional conflicts in order to mobilize international opinion and destabilize the Sudanese regime, “the truth is that if Khartoum were to stop dealing with China, the US would not mention Darfur again.”

Update by Keith Harmon Snow

How do you whitewash a whitewash? Having manufactured the massive body of propaganda needed to persuade the English and Hebrew speaking world that an unadulterated genocide is occurring in Darfur, Sudan, committed by the heavily armed Arab Government of Sudan—and its ‘Janjaweed’ militias—against an unarmed civilian population of black Africans; having inflated death tolls and exaggerated the levels of violence (even as violence and death tolls are diminishing or nonexistent); having masked all military involvement of Western countries behind the moral imperatives of altruistic western charity and aid (our self-less Judeo-Christian dedication to humanitarian action); having duped millions of people into following your charade by throwing money at them, hidden behind glossy brochures, congressional lobbies and vested-interest advertorials; having organized good-intentioned people into a ‘grassroots’ collective falsely equated with the Apartheid movement; and having been discovered to be a massive body of deceptions, mischaracterizations, selective facts and outright lies, where do we go from here?

The brief exposé “AFRICOM’S Covert War in Sudan” merely scratched the surface of the massive body of ‘Save Darfur’ propaganda, one of the false narratives created by the Empire to obliterate its culpability in war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. It has been completely ignored by the establishment press, and receives equally indifferent, or even hostile, treatment from the left liberal ‘progressive’ press.
Indeed, there is no doubt that genocide has occurred in Sudan, be it Darfur or Kordofan or the mountains of Juba. But genocide is concomitant with the imperial enterprise all over Africa, and all over the world, and that is the political economy of genocide.

For some excellent news coverage and exposés of the establishment’s false narratives on Sudan, or other places, see the work of Glen Ford and Bruce Dixon in Black Agenda Report (e.g. Dixon: “Darfur “Genocide” Lies Unraveling—Only 1,500 Darfuris Died in 2008, Says African Union,” June 24, 2009); also look to editor Milton Alimadi at Black Star News (see, e.g. Amii Omara-Otunu, “Western Humanitarianism or Neo-Slavery,” November 7, 2007; or Alimadi, “U.S. Illegally Trained Uganda on Torture,” April 19, 2009; or keith harmon snow, “The U.S. and Genocide of Acholi,” July 5, 2007).
The true grassroots movements to help Sudan, Uganda and Congo can be supported through the non-government organizations Friends of the Congo (.org), Campaign to End Genocide in Uganda Now (http://www.CEGUN.org), and UNIGHT For the Children of Uganda (ww.unight.org).

One of the final war crimes of George W. Bush was his order to the Pentagon to immediately airlift military equipment to Rwanda, destined for Darfur, to the genocidal government of Paul Kagame, one of the protagonists destabilizing Congo and Sudan. Also backing the Rwandan Defense Forces and Ugandan People’s Defense Forces covert operations in Sudan, the Obama Administration has escalated military involvement in all frontline states: Chad, Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, all the foreign-backed rebel groups in Darfur recruit and deploy child soldiers, with some 6,000 armed children in Darfur and 8,000 in Sudan.

Weapons shipped by Israelis, including radioactive shells, were not the first to be sent illegally through Kenya—most weapons shipments cross the Kenya-Uganda border at night—but the government of Kenya arrested one official who spoke freely about their true destination (Africa Research Bulletin, Vol. 46, No. 1). Washington was quick to point out that “it may not be illegal for Kenya to provide weapons to Sudan”—in violation of the international arms embargo—and the Pentagon continues to fortify South Sudan in advance of its scheduled ‘independence’ (2012), while South Sudan’s de facto ‘president,’ General Salva Kiir Mayardit, has an open-door in Washington (Africa Research Bulletin, Vol. 46, No. 1). The bulk of South Sudan’s 2008 budget ($US 2.5 billion), involving huge USAID and other ‘aid’ donors, was spent on weapons. And the International Crises Group, and its clones—ENOUGH! and Resolve Uganda and Raise Hope for Congo—are all talking about peace, but peddling war (see Milton Alimadi, “Resolve, Enough! So Called Peace Organizations Promote War in Uganda,” Black Star News, June 17, 2009,

Keith Harmon Snow is the 2009 Regent’s Lecturer in Law & Society at the University of California Santa Barbara, recognized for over a decade of work outside of academia contesting official narratives on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, while also working as a genocide investigator for the United Nations and other bodies. He is also a past and present (2009) Project Censored award winner. His work can be found through his website, http://www.allthingspass.com.

  • fujii4sq May 24, 2010

    What is not reported in English-speaking press is that the US had just stepped up its ongoing war for control of Sudan. There are US Special Forces on the ground throughout the region, and the big questions are, 1) How many of the killings are being committed by US proxy forces and blamed on al-Bashir and the government of Sudan? And 2) Who funds, arms and trains the rebel insurgents?
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  • gt September 10, 2010

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  • Rick Deal September 17, 2010

    This has to be one of the most shameful articles you have published. There has been clear ethnic cleansing and genocide from the islamic government in Sudan that has caused millions to be displaced and many people killed. The Christians are being murdered, raped and pillaged in the South and it is China that blocks any assistance with their UN veto. In addition, the government flogs women and brutally suppresses the citizens with a violent security force. Amnesty international and other organizations have proved these atrocities as well as numerous governments throughout the world. China is the country aggressively seeking oil at any cost, so don’t blame the West when China is the real culprit here. This article takes things way out of context and interviewing the dictators doesn’t add to your credibility. The western democracies have all voiced concern over this conflict and it is a clear case where the ICC should put the leadership in Sudan on trial for abuses, but you don’t seem to care about what they do or the blood on their hands. You say you are for human rights and democracy at project censored, but Sudan has one of the worst dictatorships in the world. This is another example of project censored bias. Besides, I and many other Americans would support the west in helping South Sudan secede anyways if it will help the people and security situation. Next I expect to see that North Korea is starving and impoverished because of the US blockade. Again, you say you are for democracy and support those who are most against it. No wonder the organization has become more and more of a joke over the years.

  • Peter Phillips September 17, 2010

    The US is the country that is seeking oil at any cost including the killing of over a million Iraqis. Rick Deal’s one-side claim fails to note the US imperial interests in the region and the long term funding of resistance forces. There are two sides to every issues not just a good vs evil for which Rick Deal seems to believe. The US has been trying to block China in the region for decades. The joke is on Rick Deal for accepting a State Department version of the what is happening in the region.

  • Rick Deal September 22, 2010

    Peter Philips, if the US is seeking oil at any cost, why did we let Iraq sell Russia and China huge contracts for new developments instead of hoarding it for ourselves? How is that blocking China from the region? The US did not kill over a million Iraqis and Iraq is not the topic anyway. The US gets plenty of oil from other countries and doesn’t need to take it from Sudan. Also, the US and the West are blockading Sudan with sanctions while China and other countries continue to buy their oil and sell the regime weapons that allow them to commit war crimes and murder. Isn’t that worse than what the US is doing? You are wrong about the US being the bad guy in Sudan, China is much worse. I never said that this was a two sided issue with a good guy and bad guy, you did. It is much more complicated than that and the US is not perfect. My main point is that this article paints the US in a bad light and lets China and the Sudanese dictatorship off the hook. More people have died in Sudan than Iraq and that is ignored. This article quotes the dictators themselves who are trying to blame their crimes on a Western conspiracy. I am not taking the State Department version of events in the region. I take the UN, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch view. This article just echoes the Khartoum version of events, which is propaganda, slams the West unfairly and supports the dictatorship of Sudan. How can you defend them and call this a fair article?

  • Esteban September 22, 2010

    Rick Deal: “More people have died in Sudan than Iraq and that is ignored.”

    Haahhahhahahahahhhhaaa… whew! While you’re making things up, why not say that Sudan’s president has killed more people than Hitler and Stalin combined, actually the Muslim Sudanese government has populated whole planets with hundreds of billions of Christian clones – and then nuked them! Just for kicks! It’s true! The US State Department says so! Go for the gold, Rick! Lie for Jesus and dollars!

  • Rick September 24, 2010

    The UN says over 200,000 killed in Sudan and less than that in Iraq. These numbers may be off, but that’s not the point. The fact of the matter is that there is a lot of blood in Sudan that this article does not address and actually defends and quotes the perpetrators. I’m not making things up, you just don’t like what you are hearing, which is the truth placed in a different context. Esteban seems to have trouble focusing on the topic, Sudan, and I am not lying. Do the research before of accusing me of lying and try to have a reasonable mature dialogue about the article instead of coming up with wild accusations.

  • Egoigwe September 26, 2010

    Rick, my man, you are the one that needs educating. What research? The UN says, Human Rights Watch says, Amnesty says… bla, bla, blah. What UN? Who funds the UN? The UN is an imperialistic entity beholden to Western powers. It’s a cocktail of double-standards and dubiety as it is a tool for global imperialism. Human Rights Watch is a Zionist entity in all its colors as is the fraud called Amnesty International. Do you ever ask yourself, how come everywhere America goes in its crusade for Democracy Innocents die and it always just happens that there are vital natural resources and interests in tow?

    How can you sanely say and believe that more people died in Sudan than Iraq? On what planet do you live? Listen to yourself: “You say you are for human rights and democracy at project censored, but Sudan has one of the worst dictatorships in the world. This is another example of project censored bias. Besides, I and many other Americans would support the west in helping South Sudan secede anyways if it will help the people and security situation.” Well son, charity, they say, begins at home. Pluck the log out off your eyes first.

    Speaking about worst dictatorships, wasn’t it Obama that just granted himself powers to assassinate Americans any and everywhere in the world, extra judicially? Your main stream media is muzzled and dying, your infrastructure at home in shambles and crumbling, your Congress is on the take and swears allegiance to another foreign country, while your Vets sleep on the streets in full view your country doles out billions of dollar to a wayward entity that slaughters Americans. 911, whodunit? Today, Americans are detained indefinitely without trial, government is on the verge of telling you what to eat and drink, what medication to take and when to take it, you are soon to be taxed for the very oxygen you breathe because when you exhale you produce Co2 etc., etc., etc. It’s a never ending list. Your Fed Reserve Bank, all your nation’s wealth belongs to a private family. Genetically modified food and meat are about to be shoved down your throat WITHOUT your consent and Sudan is your worry? Heal thyself first and not piss on your pants calling it grape juice.

  • Egoigwe September 26, 2010

    Rick, my man, you are the one that needs educating. What research? The UN says, Human Rights Watch says, Amnesty says… bla, bla, blah. What UN? Who funds the UN? The UN is an imperialistic entity beholden to Western powers. It’s a cocktail of double-standards and dubiety as it is a tool for global imperialism, ditto ICC, IMF, BIS, WHO and the World Bank. Human Rights Watch is a Zionist entity in all its colors as is the fraud called Amnesty International. Do you ever ask yourself, how come everywhere America goes in its crusade for Democracy Innocents die and it always just happens that there are vital natural resources and interests in tow?

    How can you sanely say and believe that more people died in Sudan than Iraq? On what planet do you live? Listen to yourself: “You say you are for human rights and democracy at project censored, but Sudan has one of the worst dictatorships in the world. This is another example of project censored bias. Besides, I and many other Americans would support the west in helping South Sudan secede anyways if it will help the people and security situation.” Well son, charity, they say, begins at home. Pluck the log out off your eyes first.

    Speaking about worst dictatorships, wasn’t it Obama that just granted himself powers to assassinate Americans any and everywhere in the world, extra judicially? Your main stream media is muzzled and dying, your infrastructure at home in shambles and crumbling, your Congress is on the take and swears allegiance to another foreign country, while your Vets sleep on the streets in full view your country doles out billions of dollar to a wayward entity that slaughters Americans. 911, whodunit? USS Liberty whodunit? Today, Americans are detained indefinitely without trial, the US government is on the verge of telling you what to eat and drink, what medication to take and when to take it, you are soon to be taxed for the very oxygen you breathe because when you exhale you produce Co2 etc., etc., etc. It’s a never ending list. Your Fed Reserve Bank, all your nation’s wealth belongs to a private family, ditto that global casino called Wall ST. Genetically modified food and meat are about to be shoved down your throat WITHOUT your consent and Sudan is your worry? FEMA and its detention centers, Homeland Sec, the porn shop called TSA, what do you think they represent? They all are, without exception, tools for a dictator! Heal thyself first and not piss on your pants calling it grape juice. The very reason for which this site exists is because TRUTH gets censored everyday and everywhere in America. Get a life buddy!

  • Rick November 5, 2010

    Hey Egoigwe, I guarantee I have a higher leve l of education than you. I can tell that you have no real knowledge of how the government really works by your ignorant statements because I do. You’ve proven yourself to be a bigot in your last post and you are the one that needs to get an education and a life! I can discuss issues without going off topic into a psychotic rant. You can’t refute my facts and try to discredit organizations that do good work and contribute to telling the truth, like Amnesty international. If you don’t like America, you are free to leave, not come here and not buy our products. I’ve travelled enough to know that this is a great country to live in despite the many problems we have. Obama is not a dictator and we have more freedoms in this country than most of the world. Truth is not censored everyday, it is out there for people to read in the library or internet. Get over yourself and accept the fact that there are many different views out there on all topics. Last I checked the government does not tell me what to eat or what medications to take. I can shop at any store I want and see any doctor I want. There is something called personal responsiblity in decision making in life. Get real dude!

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