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by A. Akbar Muhammad
America's failed policy
in the Sudan
The United States of America has to take the full
responsibility for the ongoing conflict in the Sudan. The main group
fighting against the government of Khartoum is supported and supplied
by America. The propaganda machine of the western press has made this
appear as a religious war, which is the furthest thing from the truth.
Better informed people know much better.
The American people have not been clearly informed
about the bombing of a pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum, after the
tragic destruction of the two American embassies in Kenya and
Tanzania. The bombing was portrayed as hitting a plant that Ossama Bin
Ladin used to make chemicals for chemical warfare. Later, it has been
found to be just a pharmaceutical plant as the people of Sudan stated
previously. Consequently, the owner of the plant is now suing the
American government for damages. This is just one tragic example of
the failed policies of the American government in the Sudan.
Another failed policy is that because of the United
States the war in the Sudan is still ongoing. John Gurang, the leader
of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA), held out from the peace
process only because America has been supplying him with weapons,
money and support. The press made it appear that the government of
Khartoum is stopping relief supplies from going to the despondent
women, children and elderly of Southern Sudan in an attempt to make
the people in that area suffer. This is not true.
America knows that it has been using Kenya and
Uganda in the relief efforts to supply arms and other needed equipment
for John Gurang and the SPLA to continue their war against Khartoum.
Also, they bring out his wounded soldiers and the movement of his
troops under the cover of supplying humanitarian aid to Southern
The media propaganda war about slavery is just
about over. The real issue now is the oil in the Sudan. Now it has
become an economic war and why the people are still fighting is not
clear. The best peace plan thus far is the Libyan-Egypt one. I would
hope that the USA is not so blind by its dislike of Libya that it is
opposing this plan.
The National Democratic Alliance, which was a group
of those struggling against the government in Khartoum, has written
various news releases that John Gurang is out of control. The need to
sit at the table and resolve this issue is long overdue.
Saddiq El-Mahdi, leader of the Ummy Party and
former head of state, has gone back to Khartoum.
The tragedy of the Eritrean-Ethiopian war that has caused the loss
of lives of nearly 70 thousand fighters on both sides was a tragedy
rooted in America arming both sides. Their reason for supplying
them with arms was that America needs to help you protect yourself
against the Sudan.
Now that Eritrea has suffered in this war, it is no longer a base
for the Sudanese opposition. It is time to end this long tragic war
for the people of Sudan. America could end this war tomorrow by
forcing John Gurang to a peace table or cut his supplies. They can do
the same to bring him to the peace table as they did in Angola and
The American policy should be aimed at stopping the death and
suffering of a whole nation of people, and not Balkanizing Africa. A
United States of Africa will solve 75 percent of Africa’s problems.
(Akbar Muhammad is the
International Representative of the Nation of Islam and is based in