As I see it :An Analysis and Critique of US Journalists Nicholas Kristof, Faith McDonnell Rob Schwarzwalder Illegal Visit to the Nuba Mountains (8)
As I see it, it is no surprised that the US journalists and the US lawmakers, these days could illegally enter into Sudan free at will and without any authorization from the immigration authorities for formal documentations, issued of entry permits and Entry Visas as required by law, but decided to bulldoze their illegal entry into the Republic of Sudan through the back alley or the back door of the failed Apartheid banana republic of South Sudan. The visits were, nonetheless, intended for the search of culture of peace and security, but astutely and purposely for a different hidden agenda to destabilize the African nation of Sudan. The Western world is not yet satisfied with the partitioned of the country in 2011.
Most importantly, why Faith McDonnell could not write about the ongoing police brutalities, on the provoked murders of African-American teenagers, youth and adults alike because of the rising racism and racialism in the US targeting many young African-Americans and immigrants? Why she (Faith McDonnell) could not write about the ongoing Occupy Movement on behalf of the 99% left behind and lived in the red or abject poverty of more than 150 million Americans at the lowest ebb of the economic ladder in such an affluence and opulence America? In short, as long as many millions of American have been living in the lowest ebb of the economic ladder, they could not have the dream of attaining pinnacle of the American dream or they would just be wasting their time to think euphorically about the American dream because the 1% that Haves and controls the wealth would not allow the 99% Have-nots to take off, unfortunately. What a shame that is in the great USA! In other words, the American dream is a gimmick rather than a reality and unattainable economic logic that is not science but thinking made difficult. Having lived and worked in Sudan as a Sudanese-American with firsthand knowledge of the people, language and cultures and in my capacity as an academic expert and a researcher, I have not heard that Sudan has been waging an extermination campaign, houses to house searches, executions and the evidence of mass graves as reported by the actor George Clooney’s the so-called Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) in 2011 in partnership with John Prendergast the so-called Enough Project and Not On Our Watch to collect satellite images along the borders of Sudan and the pre-born and pre-failed apartheid regime of the banana republic of South Sudan, released photos showing or indicating mass graves in Southern Kordufan. Certainly, as regard to the aerial bombardments, it is war and war is hell, bullets and bombs do not discriminate or differentiate peoples or know who is who once they are released from the belly of the aircraft.
The US uses the deadly air war that deploys sophisticated bombs, including the savage, deadly and vicious Drones or self-piloted electro-planes against the innocent peoples of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and recently Somalia. Furthermore, Faith McDonnell should have been honest to write about the USA and its NATO allies low profile of the Arab Spring or the Arab Streets in Bahrain and Yemen, Palestine, Gaza Strip, the deliberate and willful human suffering, pain and mental anguish superimposed by Israel against the Palestinian Arabs whose homes have been bulldozed down to ashes by the Apartheid Israelis regime in the Old City of Jerusalem and its environs, continuous killings, mayhems, infinite arbitrary security and administrative detentions of Palestinian activists without charges or trials in the Israeli Prisons. Secondly, if Faith McDonnell were to be fair, transparent, free and democratic thinker should write to the world about the recent declared war by the weak and the most corrupt Kiir’s regime against the Lou Nuer and the Murle peoples in Jonglei State to be being ordered to be exterminated before the UNMISS by the Salvatore Kiir’s failed non-benevolence dictatorship, tyranny and terrorism against the innocent civilian population in South Sudan. No governments could declare war against innocent civilians’ population except the failed government of South Sudan (GOSS) in the world. The sole purpose of any governments is to provide protection, physical security, education, socioeconomic and human development, healthcare system, clean drinking waters and other basic social services for the betterment of the entire nation growth, economic takes off and its population and its vital national security interest.
Why Faith McDonnell could not have written any reports or condemned about the fate of the detained Bahraini Civil Rights activist Abdulhaddi Al-Khawaja who has been now on hunger strike for more than two months and probably might died in detention by the Bahraini authorities and more than Palestinian activists in the mode of hunger strikes for months, unfortunately? Where is the UNMISS in all that end game or Jazz and genocide being committed by the SPLA against the Lou Nuer and the Murle folks in Jonglei State under the pretext of DDR under the UNSC resolution 1996 to provide protection to the civilians’ population. Firstly, we would hold the notorious Kuol Manyang and his Bor gangsters responsible for the ongoing mess in Jonglei Secondly, we would hold Ms. Hilde F. Johnson as the Head of UNMISS solely responsible for all the crimes committed against the innocent Lou-Nuer and the Murle nationalities in Jonglei State (Phow State), Bull Nuer, Liech (Unity State), Northern (Phow State) Jonglei by the SPLM/A renegades and its half-trained, undisciplined commanders who gave such orders to commit such atrocities and heinous crimes against humanity well known, documented and they would one way or the other be hunted down like the Israeli-Mosad that hunted down all the Nazis that committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Jewish peoples in the then Nazis Germany and Occupied Europe during the Second World War (WWII) (1939-1945). Of course, we do know the perpetrators of such crimes and we would be dealing or bringing them to the book in accordance with the language of the law. Thirdly, the order to kill, murder, mayhem and maim the Lou Nuer and the Murle nationalities in the Jonglei State tantamount to the crime of genocide in whole or in part as defined in the UN Charter, the Geneva Convention and its subsequent Amendments is indicative that she (Faith McDonnell) does not like the Lou Nuer and the Murle people to become part of the melting pot in South Sudan.
At the end of the day, however, survivors would decide their political destiny whether to remain part of the South or to separate like South Ostia, Abkhazia and Somaliland in the Horn of Africa as well as the volatile situation created by the Tuareg radical Islamists in the northern African nation of Mali. As per General Peter Gadiet, he is a dead and walking, a man without any sense of direction or campus has allowed himself to be utilized by the Dinka power elite to kill his own people and probably to be killed by them as a revenge for the Death of Kerubino Kuanyin Bol that allegedly reported killed by Major-General Peter Gadiet in Mayoum. He (Gadiet) could be spared by the Lou Nuer if he were to be caught or surrendered to the SSLA rebel forces in the Eastern Front of Jonglei State without harm and no harm’s way to be done him. The SSLA rebel forces would respect Article No.1 of the Geneva Convention concerning the wounded, captured and surrendered combatants. The question to be probed is this: how would the Nuer-Dinka cadres or folks murdered by the late General Kerubino Kuanyin Bol killed and murdered in the SPLM/A? Of course, he would surely be indicted by the ICC for all the crimes that he had committed against humanity as the commander in charge for the so-called partial and failed Disarmament, Demobilization and Rehabilitation (DDR) in Jonglei State. Another grave contradiction that Faith McDonnell has made had been that she blamed and gave credit to Obama’s Administration and its failure on other world leaders’ unwillingness to move heaven and earth to bring down the Egyptians and the Libyan tyrants. So far, none is willing to even to bring down Sudan’s ICC-indicted alleged war crimes against President Omar Al-Bashir… to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths by pushing Khartoum for humanitarian access to those who are starving”. To be fair, transparent and democratic enough, the fall of the Egyptian and the Libyan tyrants were solely spontaneous because of domestic changes determined by time and space. I would like to make some points loud and clear here. Firstly, the events in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen and Syria were not engineered by the US, but by the people’s desire to have democracy or the government of the people, by the people and for the people as simple as that. The credit should be duly given to the Arab Spring or the Arab Streets and the new generation of the young Arab masses uprising for democratic change on the basis on Islamic ethos rather the so-called Western democracy in North Africa and the Middle
East. Supposedly, that the change in North Africa and the Middle East regions were engineered by the US, why is it that it continuously shown a low profile in Bahrain, Yemen and human rights activist such as, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and his daughter detained and other peaceful demonstrators detainees were not released? Frankly speaking, the aloofness and lack of action or no action in both Bahrain and Yemen have been strategic vital national interest of the USA. The interest is continue maintaining its Naval Fleet presence in Bahrain and it seeks the control the sea lane of communications for the Western oil tankers and Israeli shipping sailing to and from the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Gulf Aden, the Arabian Sea, the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean. Furthermore, I would be obliged to insist that the Arab New Generation deserves the honor on the ongoing revolution for change rather stealing their initiative and then giving the credit to the US President Obama. In brief, the Arab Spring or the Arab streets is an indigenous uprising based on local circumstances rather than external influences and designs. It is a new Arab awakening for democratic change based on Islamic and traditional values and the rise of times. Secondly, Faith McDonnell alleged also that “President Hassan Omer Al-Bashir is an ICC-indicted war criminal”. In as far as the law is concerned; President Al-Bashir remains innocent under the presumption of innocence and the due process of the law. Most importantly, Sudan has not been a member state of the European neo-colonial Court like the US that has not been a member state as well. So far, President Al-Bashir would not be concerned about the indictment and the people of Sudan would demand that such malicious allegations against democratically elected sitting head of state and government were all politically motivated rather than legally motivated. The allegations of denying humanitarian access, was also a flaw, fabricated and exaggerated statement set to trigger the usual anti-Sudan sentiments in that she (Dr. Rice) periodically made in the US and across the Atlantic. I would further suggest that all NGOS operating in Sudan or any other countries should be abided it laws and regulations because there would be neither freed lunch nor freed chow line to operate in the country. The experiences in Darfur and South Sudan with the NGOs operations would not be forgotten or neglected and would never be repeated at all. Faith Mc Donnell criticism of the international leaders, the UN and President Obama may have some legitimacy. Nevertheless, nothing that the US President Obama, the UN and its specialized agencies could do if the host country and sovereign power refuses, hinders or denies access of the NGOs that would be contrary to their vital commitments to international obligations, covenants, treaties and protocols. To be exact, Sudan could deny access to the NGOs because the row, which they have created between the US and the international community in the Western Sudan’s Darfur region that led to explosion of many of them by the Government of Sudan in the area in question remains still afresh and alive in the minds and thoughts of many Sudanese leaders and folks alike. As regard to the US journalist Nicholas Kristof, it was a dangerous mission or venture that he risked his life and could have catastrophic results: firstly, he entered a war zone territory between three well armed forces, i.e., the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) led by Lt.-General James Gai Yoach, one of the most for the potent rebel forces that is predestined to defeat the SPLA, Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) or the SPLM/A-N supported by foreign powers and Mercenaries or the Soldiers of Fortune otherwise known as the SPLM/A-North (SPLM/A-N) and Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) is predetermined to defeat the rebels.
Cognizance that Journalist Kristof entered Sudanese territory illegally, if he were caught, he would have considered or branded as an international criminal, terrorists and could have been treated as such by both the SSLA forces fighting the SPLM/A-South (SPLM/A-S) and SAF fighting the combined SPLM/A-N and the weak SPLA-S in the area. The US Journalist Kristof does not understand the intricacies and the political dynamics and uniqueness of Sudan and his quests for knowledge for the sake of knowledge from Darfur to Yida Refugee Camp along the border line of the Republic of Sudan and the weak, fragile and apartheid banana republic of South Sudan. He had every right to be anti-Sudan but he must and ought as a top priority to respect Sudanese laws by doing the right thing because if, for instance, he (Kristof) were caught in the future trips, he would be on the right side of the law and international jurisdictions because Sudan is a member state of the UN and its specialized agencies that acceded to and signed international treaties, covenants and obligations. It was wrong to enter any countries in the world illegally. As journalist, with a noble profession that I do respect so much as the gate keeper between the masses and the government policies and decision-makings, he knows well that the US often deported any alien citizens that entered into the USA without any proper documentation from US Immigrations and Naturalization Service (USINS). For instance, tens of thousands of Mexicans and Latinos that have illegally entered into the US, many of them have been caught, detained, abused, exploited and imprisoned or jailed for long periods and subject to deportation to their respective countries at the end of their imprisonment terms.
By Professor David de Chand, 20/05/2012