I met a gentleman from Kenya earlier this evening, and of course I talked politics with him. He was from a town about 40 miles away from the Obama family homeland. Kenya borders Sudan, so I asked him: what to do about Darfur?
His answer was simple – “kill him” – meaning kill Omar al-Bashir, the murderous socialist dictator of Sudan. al-Bashir is #2 on Parade’s list of The World’s 10 Worst Dictators:
This month, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his contributions to the tragedy in Darfur. The ICC charged him with “ murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing, and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property.”
Here is my previous post on Darfur, where I noted that Saddam Hussein (the late murderous socialist dictator of Iraq) killed more people in one year than have died in the Darfur genocide. Saddam can’t kill any more people, so al-Bashir has a chance to catch up. As was the case with Hussein, “just words” aren’t going to remove al-Bashir from power…
Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president, has addressed a rally in Darfur, the region in which the International Criminal Court (ICC) has accused him of carrying out war crimes.
Thousands of people gave al-Bashir a rapturous welcome on his arrival in the city of Al Fasher, the state capital of north Darfur, on Sunday.
Al-Bashir sent “a message” to foreign diplomats, aid workers and peacekeepers working in the country.
“They have to respect the rule of the country. If anyone goes further than the rule of the country, we will kick them out directly,” he said.
The appearance is in line with al-Bashir’s defiant stance against the ICC arrest warrant issued last week.
“They speak as if they are the masters of the world, as if they determine the fate of all the peoples of the world” al-Bashir said at the rally, in reference to the ICC.
“We reject and refuse, and we will continue to reject and refuse,’ he said.
“We will never hand over any Sudanese citizen. We will not kneel to them.”
IMO there is not a diplomatic solution to Darfur that doesn’t include forcibly removing al-Bashir from power. I support military action against Sudan for many reasons: ending the Darfur genocide, fighting slavery and human trafficking, and ending a terrorist-supporting regime. Killing a murderous socialist dictator in the process? That’s a bonus.
Since the Obama administration is planning to cut defense spending, I doubt that al-Bashir has much to worry about for the next four years. I would also be very concerned about the Obama Administration’s capacity to prosecute an ‘Overseas Contigency Operation’. Maybe Secretary of State Clinton can give al-Bashir a Reset button…