Darfur: What’s the real US agenda?


Richard Moore

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US Amplifies Darfur Crisis Eyeing Regime Change: Report

The aid workers maintain that the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Darfur
similar to that in other African regions

CAIRO, October 3 (IslamOnline.net) ­ The US administration is making too much 
fuss about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur as it tirelessly seeks a regime 
change in Khartoum, international aid workers have told Britain¹s The Observer.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the aid workers, citing their hands-on 
experience in the troubled Sudanese region, concluded there was no genocide in 
Darfur but only diseases and malnutrition, which are daily occurrences in 

The United States has often called the situation in Darfur "genocide" and 
accused the Sudanese government of backing the Arab militias Janjaweed in their 
alleged attacks on African Darfuris.

The US House Of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution in July, 
condemning the "genocide" taking place in the oil-rich province.

However, the charge, The Observer said, was rejected by officials of both the 
European and African Unions and also privately by British officials.

Dr. Hussein Gezairy, Regional Director of World Health Organization¹s Eastern 
Mediterranean Region, had told IslamOnline.net that the situation in the area 
did not amount to genocide or ethnic cleansing.


Many aid workers interviewed by the British paper were puzzled that Darfur had 
become the focus of such hyperbolic American warnings when there were crises of 
similar magnitude in both northern Uganda and eastern Congo.

"I've been to a number of camps during my time here," one aid worker said, "and 
if you want to find death, you have to go looking for it. It's easy to find very
sick and under-nourished children at the therapeutic feeding centers, but that's
the same wherever you go in Africa."

Another aid worker told the paper: "It suited various governments to talk it all
up, but they don't seem to have thought about the consequences. I have no idea 
what (US Secretary of State) Colin Powell's game is, but to call it genocide and
then effectively say, ŒOh, shucks, but we are not going to do anything about 
that genocide¹ undermines the very word Œgenocide¹."

The aid worker was referring to a September 9 testimony by Powell before the 
Congressional Foreign Relations Committee in which he had accused Sudan of 
committing "genocide".

The UN Security Council late on September 18 passed a US-drafted resolution 
threatening to "envisage" sanctions against Sudan's oil industry unless the 
government meets its commitment to restore security to Darfur.

"Not Disastrous"

The Observer says USAID has become politicized under the Bush administration

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said in a recent nutritional survey 
of Darfur that the crisis is being brought under control, The Observer said.

"It's not disastrous," one of those involved in the survey told the British 

"Although it was certainly a disaster earlier this year, and if humanitarian 
assistance declines, this will have very serious negative consequences."

The WFP said last month it had delivered food for nearly one million people in 
the restive region.

The United Nations labeled the Darfur conflict, erupted in February 2003, as the
world's worst current humanitarian crisis, putting the number of people killed 
at 10,000 to 50,000 and over one million reportedly forced to flee their homes.

Politicized Aid

The British paper said that US aid organizations, chiefly the US Agency for 
International Development, risk losing credibility as they have become 
increasingly "politicized" under the administration of George W. Bush.

It said two senior USAID officials have long held strong personal views over 

Both its current chairman Andrew Natsios, a former vice-president of the 
Christian charity World Vision, and Assistant Administrator Roger Winter have 
long been hostile to the Sudanese government, The Observer said.

US officials, in effect, kept fueling the warmongering rhetoric on Darfur.

Influential leaders of the US evangelical organizations had signed a letter 
asking Bush to consider a military action  against Sudan.

The Guardian reported on August 2 that British Prime Minister Tony Blair was 
making the case for a "colonial war " against Sudan because of its growing oil 
reserves, as there are no signs of highly-touted claims of genocide in the Arab 

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