Sudan Shares Rice’s Regrets

In November, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed “real regrets” about the way her country handled the Darfur atrocities.

This week, Sudan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ali Al-Sadig “taunted” Rice and her recent statements:

Our regret goes for the inability of a major country to assist the African Union and the United Nations to deploy troops in Darfur…Condoleezza Rice and the administration were capable of doing a lot to settle the Darfur problem but unfortunately they did not do it.

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Death Toll Rises

616According to the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission (UNAMID), in just seven days, 250 people have been killed in separate tribal clashes in South Darfur.

Many people will jump to the conclusion that these battles are nothing more than instances of tribal rivalry. However, I strongly urge these people to take a second look at the situation.

What they will find is that the fighting is directly fueled by the larger conflict between the Sudanese government and the people of the country. I’ll give you three reasons why.

1) As the Darfur conflict continues, the non-stop flow of weapons into the region continues. 2) As the Darfur conflict continues, the limiting of access to necessary resources such as land and water continues. 3) As the Darfur conflict continues, the government’s “divide and rule” strategy of breaking apart groups to break down opposition continues.

Clearly, there is more to these tribal clashes than at first meets the eye. Let’s just hope people take a long enough look to notice.