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Sudan earns another year of sanctions

November 14, 2012

U.S. sanctions on Sudan began when the country defaulted on its debts, underwent a military coup, and began hosting terrorists like Osama Bin Laden.  The sanctions have expanded over the years, and have just been renewed for at least one more year, but Sudan’s support for terrorism has played a decreasing role in America’s policy.

With less visible Sudanese sponsorship of terrorism, why do the sanctions persist?

In its announcement of the sanctions renewal, the U.S. State Department blandly refers to an “ongoing conflict,” in Sudan, while Reuters cites unspecified “clashes” between the government and rebels.

Neither mentions the ethnic and religious origins of the predominantly Arab Sudanese government’s genocide against black Sudanese.  The generic sounding “clashes” are attacks by ethnic Arab government-backed militia forces against predominantly black Muslim, but also Christians, residents of Darfur.

As Hugh Fitzgerald once wrote in reference to Sudan, “Osama Bin Laden and his Arabs famously treated the Afghani Muslims with indifference, or contempt. The Arabs, after all, are the ‘best of peoples’ to whom the Qur’an was given, and — so Muslims believe — in Arabic;” and criticized news reporters for failing to “to make a connection between the massacres of Kurds by Arabs in Iraq, and the cultural and linguistic imperialism of the Arabs directed at the Berbers in Algeria, and what is happening in Darfur.”

While economic sanctions rarely succeed in achieving the desired results, Sudan has only itself to blame for the sanctions regime.  One of the conditions for lifting sanctions—allowing independence for South Sudan—has been met, but Sudan itself has failed to live up to the other conditions by continuing to arm, fund, and support the Arab supremacist genocide against its own citizens.

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  1. […] which have been renewed strictly on the grounds of government negligence in managing “conflict” and “humanitarian access” subsequent and unrelated to bin Laden’s […]



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