Saturday, December 16, 2006

So wheres the "Save the Congo" coalition ?

I've been hearing a lot about Darfur lately, and the terrible situation there. Before I continue any further on this topic, lets get something straight : Africa is a CONTINENT, with several nations, languages and religions, facts which the geographically illiterate don't seem to comprehend.
Bad enough that there are several conflicts raging in the African continent, yet there is a very slick and specific "Save Darfur" campaign in circulation these days. Problem is, its run by the usual suspects. Yoshie of Critical Monatages has the lowdown. Read it carefully.
So why Darfur?(Short answer : Sudan has a lot of oil) Why not the Republic of Congo where over 4 million people have been killed( ten times that of Darfur). Angola? Seirra Lione? Liberia? Somalia? Anybody even remember Rwanda anymore? Ethiopia? Oh but I guess this was before Hollywood celebs started the "adopt an african baby" trend(I guess its more fashionable, or photogenic then adopting the orphans left in the wake of Katrina). The politics of intervention rarely has to do with a humanitarian impulse, but rather exploitation as history has demonstrated over and over again. This is not to say that what is happening in Darfur is acceptable or should be allowed to continue, but rest assured that if the usual suspects get involved, they will make the situation worse as their intentions are far from altruistic. Think about it, zionazis treat Ethiopian falasha jews like dirt, and they've been ethnically cleansing Palestinians for decades, they'd love the opportunity to have world attention focused elsewhere. Lets not forget their lackeys, the Evangelical armagodnists who traditionally supported racial segregation and have thrown their messianic weight behind the wars against the peoples of Iraq(650000 plus dead), Palestine, and Lebanon praying that their Rapture acid trip is right around the corner.
Right....if you believe that these two groups of criminals give a damn what happens to the people of Darfur, you probably believe that Michael Jackson has the best of intentions when he opens up his daycare center for kids.

5 comments:

Yusuf Smith said...

As-Salaamu 'alaikum,

It doesn't surprise me that Turabi is linked to the Darfur rebels who are actually secularist - I don't know if they're anti-Islamics in the Tunisian mould, but they are not seeking an Islamic country.

A few years ago I was at a Sufi dhikr meeting with some Sudanese brothers in London. I mentioned Turabi to the shaikh and he told me that he actually came from a prominent family of scholars in Sudan, but that he had broken away from them. I asked who was his shaikh now and was told by one of those present, "Shaitaan". The shaikh didn't object.

That people call Turabi a "radical Islamic cleric" makes me laugh.

Vigilante said...

Great points, Dr. M. You are so correct to point out that the hapless denizens of Darfur are so much better off than the unfortunate people in the Gaza Strip.

21st Century Kashmiri Nomad said...

Dr. M the foreign policy of any nation state is never I repeat never solely determined by purely altruistic intentions. Anyone who believes that is only fooling himself.

All nation states use strategic interest as the motivating factor in foreign policy. The only people that governments are able to fool are those that already have foolish dispensation to begin with.

M. Shahin said...

Excellent post! Like you said, we have the usual suspects and we have the oil. Nothing more needs to be said.

malangbaba said...

salaam,

there is an anti-arab component to the attention darfur is receiving as well. Yo, go around to most synagogues and they have a big 'save darfur' banners. and the conflict is always decribed in the media as arab vs. african, and while there are issues of ethnocentrims within sudan, those lines are much more complex than the media makes them out to be....

still, muslims should be doing more for darfur...