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The Washington Post reports:

UNITED NATIONS — In the coming weeks, judges from the International Criminal Court will decide whether to issue a warrant for the arrest of Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of genocide and other war crimes in a military campaign that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Darfur since 2003. But Bashir’s government is hardly being treated like an international pariah.

African Union leaders last week backed Sudan’s appeal to have the warrant suspended, with some portraying the court as unfairly targeting African states. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with Bashir in Ethiopia last week and sought his assurances that international peacekeepers and aid workers would not be attacked if charges were filed.

Even the Obama administration, which has vowed to increase pressure on Khartoum to stem the bloodshed in Darfur, has reached out to Sudan. Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, invited Sudan’s U.N. ambassador, Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem Mohamad, on Wednesday to a reception for senior African diplomats at her official residence at the Waldorf-Astoria. She also has scheduled a meeting with the Sudanese envoy this week.

Indeed, Sudan’s diplomatic standing has hardly been diminished by the allegations. Last month, an influential bloc of developing nations known as the Group of 77 and China selected Sudan as its chairman for 2009. That post will make Khartoum the developing world’s champion in negotiations with the West on a broad variety of issues, including climate change, the U.N. budget and the global financial crisis.

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The violence in Darfur began in February 2003, when two rebel groups launched an attack against Sudan’s Islamist government, targeting a series of police stations. In response, Bashir orchestrated a genocidal counterinsurgency campaign that targeted the region’s black African Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa tribes, according to Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC’s chief prosecutor. As many as 450,000 people have died from disease and violence in the conflict, and more than 2.7 million more have been driven from their homes.

Sudan commits genocide, and is then appointed chairman of  an international bloc and has its representative invited to a cushy reception at an upscale New York hotel? Is that how punishments are meted out these days? And can someone explain to me why the UN Secretary General has to give Bashir advanced notice that he is going to arrest him, essentially asking for permission?

I realize this is a very delicate issue with millions of lives at stake and it’s horrible. But all this ridiculous politics is clearly not saving any lives. What the people of Sudan need from the world is real concrete action,  not more meetings and meaningless resolutions. You cannot talk a genocidal maniac out of committing genocide. This needs more media coverage, and more international outrage. And I’ll admit, I need to start doing something about this. How are we letting this happen?

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2 Responses to “Sudan being rewarded for genocide”

  1. Obvioslyintelective says:

    I so totally agree with what was said above, we should as humans ,an itellectual beings be standing up to do something and not just sitting down and waiting for others to rise or call out for more help! By the time the weaker people get up to something the individuals And groups who are responsible would have already begun new plans swipe away the people and actions of those who are working Responsibily for the Justice needed to accuse those guilty of all those immoral cruel inhuman conclusions given to those who had nothing to do with these past crimes if they where crimes against that islamic government of Sudan and are intending a shove aside towards justice which is truly needed, those responsible for those genocides are the people of the Sudanese government! God is willing arrest them why aren’t doing anything about it must be from our lack of pure conscience towards those who totally innocent from anything (genocided sudanese racial groups).

  2. Obvioslyintelective says:

    I think it’s importante I add to my previous message (plea to help the innocent) Sudanese VictiMs this. Those who are respsible should be found and be locked up in prison or else they will continue doing what they are doing now! Hello! Who are we joking with here these people are
    Guilty of GCAH Greatest Crimes Against Humanity and it’s the RESPONSEibility of the More powerfull and More knowledgBle on this planet to not be ignorante to THESE UnGodly Crimes but to turn the RIGHT Wheels of justice against ALL those resposible. There is no baby playing games going here Those guilty are Responsible for THEIR Crimes GCAH and it’s UP to The governements of the Nations/Countries of this world to get around the fact and reality that If Each one did something it Will make a greater difference. And to every Government Who does NoT do something and sits there idly thinking it’s OK well let me give this Message from the HiGhesT ONE aBove all of you, and I say this with every one who agreed with me THat all WHo Do Not anything are Just as Guilty as those who Planned and Commited the injustices in Ireland’s Famine (1830-1950s) And the ‘Ottoman’ ‘Empire’s’ Genocidal Crimes Against the Country States of Armenia Over 1.5 Mill dead(1915-23) And Assyria Over 1.4 Mill killed (1914-23) And Greece 1 Mill dead (1914-23) And Bulgaria 2.5 Milled Killed (1570’s-1920’s!!) And Hamsheni Armenians Over 100 thous dead And Rawandan Genocide over 750 thous killed (1995-97!) And Famine in Ukraine over 7 Mill starved (1930’s-1933!) And Nazi Genoside of over 4.7 Mill Jews and 7.7 Mill Others And genocide of InnoceNT Sudanese racial groups on Sudan by the Islamic Government Over 0.5 MillioN killed (2004-tODAY!) And genocide of Tamil Skri Lankans by Extremist Groups and Government 100 thosands killed (1910’s-TodaY) soOOOO this is what you IDLE governments are NOT using your money on And instead Idly selfishly and IgnorantlY allowing these processes of eliminations of the human race TO go oN UncontroLLabLY! I’m sure Pres. A Bush and his ‘ compatriots’ CAN NOT afford to help because they billowed millions and EveN BillionS of dollars towards all Those uneducated self indulging out door PROJECTS! they just keep using Your tax money to pay for their Oil enlarement company bill! Signed By some who Avtially Gives a Care!

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