This press release is not about the weapons of Mass Deception (Destruction). It is about another instrument of an international order which is in a financial as well as a political crisis.
The fact that the ICC pre-trial chamber has dismissed a charge of genocide against President Bashir is another proof of the Prosecutor’s already shaky credibility. The chorus shouting genocide which he headed began during the US presidential campaign in 04 and has since been steadily and systematically escalating.
The ICC is now well on the way to become Europe’s Guantanamo. Its call for help from third parties to arrest suspects is similar to the infamous rendition policy.
The ICC, which considers only situations in Africa and closes its eyes to atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza has no credibility at all. The Sudan (like the USA, China and Russia and tens of other countries, including India and Indonesia, which combined together make more than half of the world’s population) is not a member of that “club”, has not ratified the Rome Statute and does not accept the legal basis of the Security Council referring Darfur investigation to the ICC.
Notwithstanding the way we choose to see it. There are several mysterious questions:-
A. Sudan – led by President Bashir – has been a serious partner in the pursuit of peace and stability in our vast homeland. It accepted in good faith the mediation of the US and its allies as well as regional neighbours and friends and signed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 05 which put an end to 21 years of civil war. The promised rewards turned out to be more sanctions!
B. Sudan - led by President Bashir- has likewise accepted again in good faith the mediation of the US and its allies and regional neighbour when it signed the Abuja Darfur Peace Agreement 06. The rebels who refused to sign were not punished or called terrorists as was stated during negotiations. They were granted sanctuary and empowered politically and financially to continue fighting. The crisis in Darfur is now used as a ploy to knock down the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 05.
C. Sudan – led by President Bashir - is now on a firm route leading to elections and multiparty democracy and a referendum in the south in 2011. The home front is solid behind the President. The decision of the pre-trial chamber on 4 March to indict President Bashir has (as expected, and no doubt as intended) emboldened the rebels who refused the call of peace in 06. Their leader had told the Times newspaper from his residence in Chad on 24 February 09 that he was waiting for the ICC decision to escalate the fighting. Another rebel leader has an office in Tel Aviv. Both have thrown their lot with foreign powers and become pawns against their own country.
Sudan’s President has very practical replies to the IC Chicanery. He has signed the Electoral Law which guarantees for our women more seats in Parliament than British or US women, 25%.
He has celebrated the operation of two turbines of the huge Meroe dam. He has celebrated the signature of the building of Darfur highway which will open up Darfur to the rest of the country and have far reaching social and economical benefits.
The ICC’s decision is a nail in its own coffin. It has created a situation, whereby it has actually shot itself in the chest.
Hopefully, it will implode before it becomes Europe’s Guantanamo!
9 March 2009