Good Day :Higlig: NCP and Opposition, "All Hands on Deck"!
Very reasonable and responsible statements said by the leaders of the Sudanese opposition on the situation in Higlig and along the tense borders between Sudan and South Sudan. It is very clear that most of opposition leaders in Sudan are very loyal to the mother country; they really love the soil that they grew up in it. The Opposition will share the ruling parties (NCP and allies) the confrontation against external invasion - or at least - it is confirmed that they will start doing so. I want to seize this opportunity to discuss the impediments that will stop the process of "putting all hands on deck"! After a while, very little number of politicians from the opposition will choose another way, and they will fight against the government supporting South Sudan. They will start their campaign waiting for the aggressive expected response; some of them are very professional in how to provoke the governmental anger, especially the new activists. Perhaps, they are well trained on this.
This group will target the Sudanese Armed Forces SAF, some journalists and bloggers will write negative stories about soldiers on the front lines. After that the government will start to fire back or to deal with the matter legally, then they will launch a bigger campaign against the government reaction and then, more activists will join the battle. The vicious cycle has started now. An endless blame game of accusations of constitutional violations is on. The Government or the Security Service will start legal procedures against activists and newspapers, filing legal suits of crimes against security, stability and public order. The opposition will launch campaigns to protect press freedom, freedom of speech and the safety of their activists. Some voices from the ruling party will condemn the entire opposition not just the said politicians. Some of the extremists and ideological believers among the opposition will fight against the existence of Islam it self in the political life. Another vicious cycle will start, this time it is a war between Rightists and leftists. Imams of Mosques will join the war to defend the identity of Sudan as a Muslim country.
The only thing can stop this vicious cycle in Sudan or other similar countries are "think tanks" and "collective mind institutes". Free forums, elites meetings, symposiums, seminars and so on. The verbal violence is a very dangerous phenomenon but no way to avoid it, it is better then to mange the phenomenon and to drive it to reasonable levels that can help the situation. Unless we do so, it will turn to physical violence. Also, continuous ventilation will calm the extremists or at least will isolate them from the advanced positions.
By Mekki Elmograbi, 16/04/2012