other hand Palestinian government bodies together with Legeslative members are all in Israel prisons. More over hundreds of women and teens since years are in prison also. Where are NGO's, UN, EU, and all those worried of Dar-fur, should open their eyes towards Iraq and Palestine. After all in Sudan all are Muslims, who can settle their dispute peacefully. The problem concerns those behind rebels who manipulate destability of the region.
Sudan’s weapons of mass destruction
BY CLAUDE SALHANI
26 October 2006
WEAPONS of mass destruction come in more shapes than one; they don’t necessarily have to be nuclear, chemical or biologic and delivered by tactical missiles. In Sudan’s case, a simple rifle or bayonet will suffice to kill over 200,000 people.
Sudan, under the leadership of President Omar Hassan AL Bashir, has deployed its own version of WMDs against the people of Darfur. In allowing Sudanese government troops and the Janjaweed militias to commit a systematic slaughter in Darfur, what is happening in the region can only be described as genocide.
Several human rights groups, the US Congress and former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, have already gone on record as saying that genocide is indeed taking place in Darfur. But if the UN accepts that genocide is occurring, it would be legally obliged to take action to stop it. And that would mean an international force under the command of Nato to invade Sudan. But that is not about to happen any time soon.
The international community remains largely unable to take decisive action while Khartoum continues to claim what is happening in the Darfur region is purely an internal domestic Sudanese problem and keeps telling the rest of the world to mind its own business, and stay out.
Sudan had acquiesced to an African Union force but refuses to allow international peacekeeping troops on its soil. The African force sent to quell the violence has been incapable of coping with the magnitude of the problem, given the size of the area in question — an area the size of France. Fare more peacekeepers are needed to properly police the area, but Khartoum is playing hardball, refusing to allow a more robust force that will be capable to intervene and put a stop to the fighting.
Meanwhile, the killing of innocent civilians continues.
Sudan has upped the ante and expelled Jan Pronk, the head of the United Nations mission in Sudan. The Sudanese government asked him to leave the country after he wrote in his blog that the Sudanese army “had suffered defeats in the Darfur region and its morale was low.”
"Morale in the government army in north Darfur has gone down," Pronk wrote in his blog site. "Some generals have been sacked; soldiers have refused to fight."
The BBC reported that the expulsion of the UN’s representative was condemned by Britain’s foreign office, which called the procedure “counter-productive.”
"This step is counter-productive and will contribute nothing to solving the problems of Sudan," said Foreign Office Minister Lord Triesman. And in Brussels, European Union spokesman Amadeu Altafaj Tardio said the presence of the United Nations “is vital to hundreds of thousands of citizens of the Darfur region."
The crisis in Darfur, now in its third year, is believed to have claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people. More than two million others have been forced to flee from their homes and villages, and have become refugees in their own country.
The government in Khartoum continues to blatantly ignore the fundamental human rights of some of its citizens. It allows the trade of slavery to continue, as rape, murder and other heinous crimes are carried out on a mass scale on its territory — and by forces under its control. Minorities are treated as commodities, rather than as human beings, simply based upon their ethnic belonging.
Sudan may pass for a sovereign nation, but the real problem is that the country also meets all the criteria of a failed state. Had it been a successful state, Sudan would not have allowed the killing of hundreds of thousands of its own citizens.
The question the international community needs to ask itself is how long can it allow the injustice and mass killings to continue – let’s call it what it is: genocide.
Sudan has proved to the world that mass killings can be achieved without having to develop weapons of mass destruction. Sometimes, you don’t even need a simple rifle, or a bayonet as in Sudan. Sometimes even a wooden club will do the job, as in Rwanda.
Claude Salhani is International Editor and a political analyst with United Press International in Washington.