Wacky Bush Calls Down Sanctions on Sudan

29 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Wacky Bush Calls Down Sanctions on Sudan</h1><p>May 29, 2007 (LPAC)--George Bush's bolt-out-of-the-blue announcement of unilateral U.S. economic sanctions against Sudan this morning, on charges of "complicity" in atrocities in Darfur, came despite the <em>success</em> of continuing joint efforts at humanitarian relief and peacekeeping by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and members of the United Nations, working with Khartoum over recent months. Sudan had accepted the Phase II UN hybrid deployment of 3,000 troops. A Security Council delegation was planned to go to Sudan in mid-June to review the situation.</p><p>South Africa's Ambassador to the U.N., Dumisani Kumalo, told press in New York, "Right now, the surprising thing was that we were thinking the government of Sudan was now beginning to take the right actions and agree to what we were going to do."</p><p>Russian Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said of Bush's unilateral moves, after a closed-door Security Council meeting at the U.N., "To my mind it's a departure from the current common strategy of the Secretary General and the Security Council. If the overall strategy is changed, what is the role of the Security Council?"</p><p>In Beijing today, Liu Guijin, China's acting envoy on Darfur, said that, "Expanding sanctions can only make the problem more difficult to resolve."</p><p>Bush's new sanctions are focused on 30 companies, doing business in or with Sudan; five of them are major oil operations. What this means in effect, is that the new anti-Sudan sanctions package targets directly the peacekeeping measures already achieved. Since sharing national oil revenues half-and-half, between Khartoum and the South, is a contingency of the historic peace agreement signed recently between these two groupings, now the South will be stiffed of its income.</p><p>Then again, when is the US dollar going to blow up? Oil revenue is still denominated in mostly dollars, when the dollar itself is in terminal crisis, so who is kidding who? The "economics" of imposing economic sanctions on any one targeted African country, are now called into question by the fact that the entire dollar-based world monetary system itself is unraveling from blow-outs in the home mortgage bubble, hedge fund activity, and general hyperinflation.</p><p>Bush's sanctions action is part of the panoply of Cheneyac "perpetual war" moves all across Southwest Asia into the Horn of Africa. It followed by less than six months, the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia with US encouragement.</p><p>Bush gave notice today that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rise is to prepare a U.N. Security Council resolution to impose additional punitive measures on Sudan. France has given support. The U.S. and Britain are considering a no-fly zone, an arms embargo over the whole country, and other military action.</p><p>Sudanese Foreign Ministry spokesmen have denounced the sanctions. Interviewed on CNN today, Sudan's Ambassador to the United States John Ukec Lueth said that the international community should be pressuring rebel groups that have not signed the November peace accord, not attacking Sudan. Amb. Ukec Lueth will be interviewed on radio Internet program, The LaRouche Show, June 2, 3-4 p.m. (radio/larouchepub.com), on the topic, "Globalization or Sovereignty: Why Sudan Is Under Attack."</p></div></body>