Tuesday, May 29, 2007

AP: "Bush Imposes
New Sanctions
On Sudan"

One has to wonder why the headline is phrased in such a manner. The Associated Press makes it sound as if George Bush, unilaterally, got in an uproar and, like the dictator they portray him to be, levied sanctions on the poor defenseless Sudan.


WASHINGTON - President Bush ordered new U.S. economic sanctions Tuesday to pressure Sudan's government to halt the bloodshed in Darfur that the administration has condemned as genocide.

"I promise this to the people of Darfur: the United States
will not avert our eyes from a crisis that challenges the conscience of the
world," the president said.

The sanctions target government-run companies involved in Sudan's oil industry, and three individuals, including a rebel leader suspected of being involved in the violence in Darfur. "For too long the people of Darfur have suffered at the hands of a government that is complicit in the bombing, murder and rape of innocent civilians," the president said. "My administration has called these actions by their rightful name: genocide.

"The world has a responsibility to put an end to it," Bush said.

The conflict erupted in February 2003 when members of Darfur's
ethnic African tribes rebelled against what they considered decades of neglect
and discrimination by the Arab-dominated Khartoum government. Sudanese leaders
are accused of retaliating by unleashing the janjaweed militia to put down the
rebels using a campaign of murder, rape, mutilation and plunder — a charge they
deny. The fighting in Darfur has displaced 2.5 million people.

Bush had been prepared to impose the sanctions last month, but held off to give U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon more time to find a diplomatic end to the
four-year crisis in Darfur where more than 200,000 people have been killed.

Beyond the new U.S. sanctions, Bush directed Secretary of State Condoleezza
to draft a proposed U.N. resolution to strengthen international
pressure on the Sudanese government of President Omar al-Bashir.

"I call on President al-Bashir to stop his obstruction and to allow the peacekeepers in and to end the campaign of violence that continues to target innocent men, women
and children," Bush said. Bush said delaying sanctions to allow more time
for diplomacy had not been effective.
Maybe the reason for the strange headline is that the AP agrees with the Chinese "troubleshooter" sent to deal with the Sudan genocide:
Meanwhile, Liu Guijin, China's new troubleshooter on Africa, defended
Chinese investment in Sudan Tuesday as a better way to stop the bloodshed rather
than the sanctions advocated by the U.S. and other Western governments.

Fresh from his first trip to Sudan since his appointment this month
as a special government envoy, Liu said he saw no desperation in refugee camps
in Darfur last week and found that international and Sudanese groups were
working together to solve humanitarian problems there.

"I didn't see a desperate scenario of people dying of hunger," Liu
said at a media briefing. Rather, he said, people in Darfur thanked him for the
Chinese government's help in building dams and providing water supply