- While the 'news' is replete with
reports of our solicitous concern of delivering Iraqi citizens from
the once upon a time, U.S. sponsored dictatorship of Saddam
Hussein by bombing them into Democracy; genocide of an impossible
(yawn) magnitude is going on in Africa! Those who've studied history
(no longer taught) continue to be appalled at the inhumanities
suffered by the mentally ill, mentally-retarded, gypsies, gays, the
handicapped and Jewish people who were put to death under the regime
of Hitler; yet ignore the on going Kristallnacht (night of broken glass)
taking place in The Sudan. Today, in our supposed advanced 21st century,
that dances amongst the stars, we have the barbarism of , 'Days
of Broken Bodies', besides peace being delivered by bunker
busting bombs! The atrocities being visited on the people in
The Sudan (really all of Africa) is unconscionable and unspeakable. You
have to ask yourself, what in God's name happens to the people in various
lands, that they would carry out the moneyed bidding of gluttonous oil
companies/foreign nations and murder, rape and torture their own people?
- Genocide of a land, and its people, speaks
to others intentions; of robbing and plundering a region of its resources.
Ancient lands absent any signs of infra-structure don't suddenly come upon
the most up to date of annihilating weaponry! It always comes
down to; 'follow the money the oil the gas the gold
or minerals'. Investors come from every walk of life, including our pious
hypocritical televangelists! America, with its tabloid sensationalism
(the latest rape, murder, or exploits of sports/movie stars) being reported
as the only news; is it any wonder that the atrocities being suffered by
the world's millions, are unheard of? In all of last year, only a
few brief moments were given by news stations to this horrific genocide.
When news does trickle out of Africa, it's usually presented as, ho-hum,
just another barbaric tribe warring over water, religious differences or
territory. During the Clinton era, we saw the joke of President Clinton,
appointing Jesse Jackson as roving ambassador to Africa. What a joke
where were the mini-rap sermons of the rape, murder, and slavery?
- What isn't being reported on; are just
what corporate interests or governments are funding this civil strife and
the reasons for it? For example: BP Amoco has launched a joint 'retail
company' with PetroChina, leads a small cross section of American investment
firms that have acquired stock in China's state energy firm and are now
part owners of a brutal Sudanese oil war.
- PetroChina has constructed the oil fields
and the main oil pipeline in partnership with the corrupt Sudanese government.
The key Sudanese oil refinery built by PetroChina is currently producing
benzene gas, butane and gasoline for export. The Chinese and Sudanese government
forces have driven large segments of the population off the oil rich land
and away from areas surrounding a single oil pipeline running across Sudan
to the main seaport on the Red Sea. Government troops have driven millions
from their homes by committing gross human-rights violations. Sudanese
(and we deplore Saddam) President General Omar al-Beshir, has presided
over a regime that has killed millions of his fellow Africans and
enslaved tens of thousands. Beshir visted New York for the U.N. Millennium
Summit seeking an increase in weapons purchases to support his oil
war. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has denied reports published in the British
press that Beijing was assisting Sudan with hundreds of thousands of troops.
In July 2000 it was reported that Sudan had acquired 34 new jet fighters
from China. A January report in Aviation Week & Space Technology stated
that the Sudan air force currently operates 37 Shenyang fighter planes,
including a dozen supersonic F-7 jets.
- America's investment into China's oil
war continues despite the growing list of human-rights violation and national
security threats. BP Amoco paid $620 million for a 20% stake in PertoChina's
initial public offering on the U.S. stock market. Some of the other major
institutions that own stock in the oil war include Newgate Llp, Fiduciary
Trust International, Mellon Bank and Bank of America Corporation.
- Beijing has invested billions in Sudanese
oil through the China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) a state-owned monolith.
Freshly painted billboards in Khartoum (Sudan) carry pictures of smiling
Chinese oil workers and the slogan: "CNPC-Your close friend and faithful
partner". CNPC's annual report disclosed that about half of all its
overseas oil comes from Sudan. It deployed 10,000 (not on the news) Chinese
workers to build a 900 miles pipeline linking Heglig oilfield in Kordofan
province with Port Sudan on the Red Sea. In fact, China shamelessly curried
favored with Bashir by speeding up this mammoth project so it could be
finished in June 1999- the tenth anniversary of the coup that brought him
to power. The (useless) United Nations Security Council passed resolution
1564; threatening Sudan with oil sanctions unless it curbed it curbed the
violence in Durfur.
- But China immediately rendered this meaningless
by pledging to veto any bid to impose an embargo. Beijing needs Sudan due
to its economic boom (American companies outsourced here) that will see
an increase in oil consumption by at least 10% a year. It is estimated
that billions of barrels of oil reserves lie beneath the desert of Sudan.
William Ezekiel, editor of the Khartoum Monitor stated, "The Sudan
government is ready to ally with Satan if it can protect its own interests".
President Bush has stated that genocide, like what took place in Rwanda
under Clinton, would not happen on his "watch". With hundreds
of thousands of dead, millions suffering famine, rape, castration and forced
death marches what are we waiting for? Will he wait like Clinton,
who stopped off in Rwanda, for a brief 15 minutes after the slaughter,
to deliver 3 million dollars and his condolences that he didn't act? How
many more holocaust museums will we build announcing "Never Again?"
How many more; diabolical soulless tin-horn dictators, will
we set up, in palatial splendor, as executioners of their own
people and destroyers of their nations, so that the world can continue
on with the marketing of cheap junk, gas guzzling tanks, presidential
plane trips, ships carrying missiles and big ass Hummers? How long
will it be until we really mean "Never Again?"