Ten Reasons to Suspect "Save Darfur" is a
By Bruce Dixon, Black Agenda Report
The regular manufacture and the constant maintenance of false
realities in the service of American empire is a core function
of the public
relations profession and the corporate news media. Whether
it's fake news stories about wonder drugs and how toxic chemicals are good
and journalists discoursing on the benefits of No Child Left Behind, Hollywood
stars advocating military intervention to save African orphans, or slick
propaganda campaigns employing viral marketing techniques to reach out
to college students, bloggers, churches and ordinary citizens, it pays
to take a close look behind the facade.
Posted on November 29, 2007, Printed on November 29, 2007
Among the latest false realities being pushed upon the American people
are the simplistic pictures of Black vs. Arab genocide in Darfur, and the
proposed solution: a robust U.S.-backed or U.S.-led military intervention
in Western Sudan. Increasing scrutiny is being focused upon the "Save Darfur"
lobby and the Save Darfur Coalition; upon its founders, its finances, its
methods and motivations and its truthfulness. In the spirit of furthering
that examination we here present ten reasons to suspect that the "Save
Darfur" campaign is a PR scam to justify U.S. intervention in Africa.
1. It wouldn't be the first Big Lie our government and media elite told
us to justify a war.
Elders among us can recall the Tonkin
Gulf Incident, which the U.S. government deliberately
provoked to justify initiation of the war in Vietnam. This rationale
was quickly succeeded by the need to help the struggling infant "democracy"
in South Vietnam, and the still useful "fight 'em over there so we don't
have to fight 'em over here" nonsense. More recently the bombings, invasions
and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq have been variously explained by
people on the public payroll as necessary to "get Bin Laden" as revenge
for 9/11, as measures to take "the world's most dangerous weapons" from
the hands of "the world's most dangerous regimes", as measures to enable
the struggling Iraqi "democracy" stand on its own two feet, and necessary
because it's still better to "fight them over there so we don't have to
fight them here".
2. It wouldn't even be the first time the U.S. government and media
elite employed "genocide prevention" as a rationale for military intervention
in an oil-rich region.
The 1995 U.S. and NATO military intervention in Kosovo was supposedly
a "peacekeeping" operation to stop a genocide. The lasting result of that
campaign is Camp
Bondsteel, one of the largest military bases on the planet.
The U.S. is practically the only country in the world that maintains military
bases outside its own borders. At just under a thousand acres, Camp Bondsteel
offers the U.S. military the ability to pre-position large quantities of
equipment and supplies within striking distance of Caspian oil fields,
pipeline routes and relevant sea lanes. It is also widely
believed to be the site of one of the U.S.'s secret prison and torture
3. If stopping genocide in Africa really was on the agenda, why the
focus on Sudan with 200,000 to 400,000 dead rather than Congo with five
"The notion that a quarter million Darfuri dead are a genocide and five
million dead Congolese are not is vicious and absurd," according to Congolese
activist Nita Evele. "What's happened and what is still happening in Congo
is not a tribal conflict and it's not a civil war. It is an invasion. It
is a genocide with a death toll of five million, twenty times that of Darfur,
conducted for the purpose of plundering Congolese mineral and natural resources."
More than anything else, the selective
and cynical application of the term "genocide" to Sudan, rather than to
the Congo where ten to twenty times as many Africans have been murdered
reveals the depth of hypocrisy around the "Save Darfur" movement. In the
Congo, where local gangsters, mercenaries and warlords along with invading
armies from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Angola engage in slaughter, mass
rape and regional depopulation on a scale that dwarfs anything happening
in Sudan, all the players eagerly compete to guarantee that the extraction
of vital coltan for Western computers and cell phones, the export of uranium
for Western reactors and nukes, along with diamonds, gold, copper, timber
and other Congolese resources continue undisturbed.
Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young and George H.W. Bush both serve on
the board of Barrick
Gold, one of the largest and most active mining concerns
in war-torn Congo. Evidently, with profits from the brutal extraction of
Congolese wealth flowing to the West, there can be no Congolese "genocide"
worth noting, much less interfering with. For their purposes, U.S. strategic
planners may regard their Congolese
model as the ideal means of capturing African wealth at minimal cost
without the bother of official U.S. boots on the ground.
4. It's all about Sudanese oil.
Sudan, and the Darfur region in particular, sit atop a lake of oil.
But Sudanese oil fields are not being developed and drilled by Exxon or
Chevron or British Petroleum. Chinese banks, oil and construction firms
are making the loans, drilling the wells, laying the pipelines to take
Sudanese oil where they intend it to go, calling far too many shots for
a twenty-first century in which the U.S. aspires to control the planet's
energy supplies. A U.S. and NATO military intervention will solve that
problem for U.S. planners.
5. It's all about Sudanese uranium, gum arabic and other natural
Uranium is vital to the nuclear weapons industry and an essential fuel
for nuclear reactors. Sudan possesses high quality deposits of uranium.
Gum arabic is an essential ingredient in pharmaceuticals, candies and beverages
like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, and Sudanese exports of this commodity are 80%
of the world's supply. When comprehensive U.S. sanctions against the Sudanese
regime were being considered in 1997, industry lobbyists stepped up and
secured an exemption in the sanctions bill to guarantee their supplies
of this valuable Sudanese commodity. But an in-country U.S. and NATO military
presence is a more secure guarantee that the extraction of Sudanese resources,
like those of the Congo, flow westward to the U.S. and the European Union.
6. It's all about Sudan's strategic location
Sudan sits opposite Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, where a large
fraction of the world's easily extracted oil will be for a few more years.
Darfur borders on Libya and Chad, with their own vast oil resources, is
within striking distance of West and Central Africa, and is a likely pipeline
route. The Nile River flows through Sudan before reaching Egypt, and Southern
Sudan water resources of regional significance too. With the creation of
AFRICOM, the new Pentagon command for the African continent, the U.S. has
made open and explicit its intention to plant a strategic footprint on
the African continent. From permanent Sudanese bases, the U.S. military
could influence the politics and ecocomies of Africa for a generation to
7. The backers and founders of the "Save Darfur" movement are the well-connected
and well-funded U.S. foreign policy elite.
According to a copyrighted Washington Post story
The "Save Darfur (Coalition) was created in 2005 by two groups
concerned about genocide in the African country - the American Jewish World
Service and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ...
The coalition has a staff of 30 with expertise in policy and
public relations. Its budget was about $15 million in the most recent fiscal
Save Darfur will not say exactly how much it has spent on its
ads, which this week have attempted to shame China, host of the 2008
Olympics, into easing its support for Sudan. But a coalition spokeswoman
said the amount is in the millions of dollars.
Though the "Save Darfur" PR campaign employs viral marketing techniques,
reaching out to college students, even to black bloggers, it is not a grassroots
affair, as were the movement against apartheid and in support of African
liberation movements in South Africa, Namibia, Angola and Mozambique a
generation ago. Top heavy with evangelical Christians who preach the coming
war for the end of the world, and with elements known for their uncritical
support of Israeli rejectionism in the Middle East, the Save Darfur movement
is clearly an establishment affair, a propaganda campaign that spends millions
of dollars each month to manfacture consent for US military intervention
in Africa under the cloak of stopping or preventing genocide.
8. None of the funds raised by the "Save Darfur Coalition", the flagship
of the "Save Darfur Movement" go to help needy Africans on the ground in
Darfur, according to stories in both the Washington Post and the New
None of the money collected by Save Darfur goes to help the
victims and their families. Instead, the coalition pours its proceeds into
advocacy efforts that are primarily designed to persuade governments to
9. "Save Darfur" partisans in the U.S. are not interested in political
negotiations to end the conflict in Darfur
President Bush has openly and repeatedly attempted to throw monkey wrenches
at peace negotiations to end the war in Darfur. Even pro-intervention scholars
and humanitarian organizations active on the ground have criticized the
U.S. for endangering humanitarian relief workers, and for effectively urging
rebel parties in Darfur to refuse peace talks and hold out for U.S. and
NATO intervention on their behalf.
The PR campaign which depicts the conflict as strictly a racial affair,
in which Arabs, who are generally despised in the U.S. media anyway, are
exterminating the black population of Sudan, is slick, seamless and attractive,
and seems to leave no room for negotiation. But in fact, many of Sudan's
"Arabs", even the Janjiweed, are also black. In any case, they were armed
and unleashed by a government which has the power to disarm them if it
chooses, and refusing to talk to that government's negotiators is a sure
way to avoid any settlement.
10. Blackwater and other U.S. mercenary contractors, the unofficial
armed wings of the Republican party and the Pentagon are eagerly
pitching their services
as part of the solution to the Darfur crisis.
Chris Taylor, head of strategy for Blackwater, says his company
has a database of thousands of former police and military officers for
security assignments. He says Blackwater personnel could set up perimeters
and guard Darfurian villages and refugee camp in support of the U.N. Blackwater
officials say it would not take many men to fend off the Janjaweed, a militia
that is supported by the Sudanese government and attacks villages on camelback.
Apparently Blackwater doesn't need to come to the Congo, where hunger and
malnutrition, depopulation, mass rape and the disappearance of schools,
hospitals and civil society into vast law free zones ruled by an ever-changing
cast of African proxies (like the sonof
the late and unlamented Idi Amin), all under a veil of complicit media
silence already constitute the perfect business-friendly environment for
siphoning off the vast wealth of that country at minimal cost.
Look for the adoption of the Congolese model across the wide areas of
Africa that U.S. strategic planners call "ungoverned
spaces". Just don't look expect to see details on the evening
news, or hear about them from Oprah, George Clooney or Angelina Jolie.
WE WANT IT WE FIGURE OUT
HOW TO GET IT
STATESMEN REGULARLY JUGGLE AFRICAN nations in and out of famine,
just to have chips flying so they can insert their man as king.
The CIA strategists
do not care how many people they kill, They want
now, fast, early. They want to repeat the IRAQ debacle which they
used to justify oil doubling in cost. MANY nations IN AFRICA have just
discovered oil. PEAK OIL is a BOGUS MALTHUSIAN SCARE TACTIC. OIL ABOUNDS.
Just not in the continental USA. The SUDAN
probably is CIA INSPIRED & totally about oil. That civil war is thanks
to the good ole spooks of the CIA. CHAD is probably about oil.
CIA CANDIDATE TYPE THING. BRENDAN BEHAN stars with MICHAEL
set in VIETNAM. It was written by GRAHAM GREEN, an Englishmen
the CIA's Machevillian plots to 'tumble the monkey' install the puppet,
their need for A CIA
someone who will play ball with them. Hand over resources. A very similar
plot was a
into film that BRANDO did about the same area of south east
a candidate elected by the CIA. What do you know about oil in
Could you google around? Apprise yourself? Get
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