Greetings, friends. Moe Lunn here. I’d like to first apologize for my absence here at the His Voice blog. I’d like to secondly congratulate the sparkly new His Voice Global for their expansion into the globe! Very exciting. I’m honored to be a part of it in some small way.
Now on to the news. Last week, Sudanese President al-Bashir’s ICC indictment was increased to include charges of genocide. This paired with the upcoming referendum has led to a lot of op-ed chatter out there on the world wide web. One of my favorite resources for interesting op-eds on the issue is the good ol’ New York times. Last week, I read this op-ed by Dave Eggers and John Prendergrast. They suggest that war is imminent in Sudan if the Obama Administration doesn’t step in and make a move in the same way that President Bush did against the civil war in 2005. However, the article that Justin previously posted sheds a different light on the referendum issue, which I found very helpful (thanks, Justin!).
On one hand, there is the opinion that Sudan can’t do it alone–they require help from the Western World to have a peaceful transition. On the other, as long as North & South work together to communicate about the referendum, everyone should be happy. So which one is it?
I have to play the pessimist on this one. We watched Sudan’s previous elections fail miserably, even with International assistance, which leads me to believe that no level of cooperation between North & South will ever be enough because of their history and their strong positions. If the US were to put on the pressures mentioned in the op-ed above (or even more, if China would help out!), certainly it would help things to move along. What’s more, putting pressure on Sudan to arrest al-Bashir and cease to host a President indicted for genocide could lead to hugely positive changes in the country.
And yet, our op-ed authors suggest a suspension of the ICC charges as an incentive for peace. I believe that this would change little considering that whether there are charges or not, Bashir won’t acknowledge them. The US needs to pressure Sudan to get Bashir out of there before the South will ever be completely willing to cooperate with the North.
So that’s my little op-ed. What do you think? International intervention is a tricky and tense issue, but at the same time we are not meant to just sit back and watch the people of a beautiful country lose their lives to politics.
Finally, this from the Sudan Tribune’s homepage:
How do you rate U.S. role in Sudan under Obama?