Friday, December 02, 2005

Bang the Gong for Garang--news survey by CM/P

[On the death by Ugandan helicopter of John Gurang, another US/Israeli-trained and supported military/intelligence asset, and Dinka deserter from the Ugandan Army--though he should not be confused with his Tutsi homologue, Paul Kagame, who, as current President of Rwanda and long-time road dog to Bill Clinton, is still on the books as an active duty Ugandan NRA officer--and, for the moment anyway, is still alive and killing--CM/P thought it might be enlightening to take a quick peek at some Googlicles on the very recently rise and fall of the Sudanese Vice President and the SPLA which he led for 20 years in battle and which led him to the second position in the government he'd been at war with.

Like the rest of the ethnic or religious or tribal or national separatist movements (Hitler's own special European recipe for divide and conquer), from Basayev's Chechens, to Thaci's KLA, to the Polish liberationists in today's unLucky Belarus, to the unholy Roman alliance between Catholic Croats and Muslim Bosnians in the new federation whose cry of 'genocide' destroyed the old Yugoslav one, Garang's SPLA, in the name of Southern Christian and Animist Africans, waged the longest civil war in modern African history (Garang joined up in 1983, and notched 2 million kills, but the war in Sudan had already been going on since the 50s) against the 'Arab' government in Khartoum--which just coincidentally (?) happens to be both a target and a client of Western Imperialism (with the US and Israel doing great business with all sides in all markets in this longest of modern internecine struggles).

It was a little embarrassing how few props Garang got from the HRster, so exercised over their genocide du jour in Darfur--but then, Condi Rice was at his installation in al Bashir's palace--but then again, some 'Arab' govt goon squaders roughed up some of the reporters in her party for mouthing off about how this Southern rapprochement was not doing enough to stop the horrors in the West of the country.

And though it is well-known that Sudanese oil is up for international grabs, the waters of the Blue and White Niles and the Red Sea are as covet by Israel as any petroleum or gaz or any other liquid assets anywhere. To control the headwaters of the Nile (85% in Lake Tana, Ethiopia, the rest in Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda) would be the southern strategic equivalent of controling the headwaters of the Jordan River in the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1967. By dominating the fluvial networks of the Nile through Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Sudan, (and one could, thereby, effectively throw in the Red Sea), Israel would have a choke hold on its oldest and greatest enemy, Egypt.

So how does the life and death of John Garang have anything to do with this? Maybe, unlike the case of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart, President Cyprien Ntaryamira, who on 6 April 1994 were blown out of the sky over Kigali by a missile smuggled into Rwanda from Uganda by the RPF 'rebels', with UN complicity, Garang was merely the victim of another type of Ugandan accident: bad weather, bad pilot or bad helicopter. But History and Geopolitics nauseate accidents--they're sophomoric diversions.

Why had this new peace agreement between the Arab government of Sudan and the Southern 'Rebel' forces received so little celebration? Either no one expected it to last and/or it was not very good for 'business'. Whose cash registers will ring loudest at the departure of the war lord Garang? Well, certainly those of the arms and medical/pharmaceutical industries will be heard bling-blinging--but you can also be very sure that the Human Rights Genocide hawkers will be redoubling their appeals for further military-humanitarian intervention on yet another front in Sudan. --mc]

Garang to evacuate Jews to Israel

Sudan, Politics, 4/25/2001

The Sudanese daily al-Sharee al-Seyasi ( the political street) said on Tuesday that the rebel movement which is led by John Garang in Southern Sudan seeks by appointing the Jew David Basyouni, as a prime minister for his government which he had announced in Southern Sudan to prove that there is a small tribe at the Ethiopian- Sudanese borders belong to the Falasha Jews, with the intention to bargain it with Israel in order to win more funds and please the Israeli officials.

The Sudanese daily added, quoting well-informed sources that Garang contacted a group of the Ethiopian Falasha Jews and evacuated them to Southern Sudan, in preparation to transport them to Israel, as being Sudanese Falasha Jews, exploiting the strong resemblance( in features and physical appearance ) between the Ethiopians and the Sudanese.

On the other hand, the Sudanese daily al-Anbaa ( the news) said on Tuesday that clashes continued between the rebel movement at Kakouma camp in Kenya, already started last week and resulted in killing five persons and wounding other 70.

The paper added that these confrontations which took place between two groups from al-Dinla tribes over disputes on the operations of transporting children and the campers to the rebellion movement which recruits them, resulted in killing 8 persons and wounding 135. A matter which made it imperative for the Kenyan government to interfere and cordon the camp.

Worthy mentioning that the rebel movement led by Garang announced this week in a surprising step to form a government of 30 officials led by David Basyouni and the city of Tambra was chosen as a headquarters for this government. John Garang had the ministry of defense, Rayak Mashar the foreign ministry. The movement alienated from its formation the northern Sudanese figures who deal with it, like Yasser Arfan, Mansour Khaled and Saeed Bazaer'a.

Al-Anbaa: Khartoum accuses Garang of obstructing peace: Eritrea plays Israel's role

Sudan, Politics, 12/10/2002

The Sudanese foreign minister Mustafa Othman Ismael has accused the rebels in southern Sudan led by John Garang of obstructing peace and unity in the country. He set a precondition that Eritrea should stop the support it gives to the Sudanese opposition, in order to start Sudanese negotiations with it.

In statements issued yesterday by the Sudanese state- owned al-Anbaa daily, Ismael said that al-Nouba mountains will not return back to war, describing Garang's visit to the area as a "campaigning."

Ismael accused the People's Army For Liberation of Sudan of " trying to oppose the trend of peace." The paper quoted him as saying that the "citizens of al-Nouba will not return back to war after they had known the climate of peace, thanks to the ceasefire agreement." On Thursday, the rebels announced that 300 representatives from al-Nouba mountains gave authority to the rebels during a negotiation meeting they held in their names with Khartoum on the future of this region. The meeting which lasted for four days was held in one of al-Nouba mountains in the presence of Garang who held a visit to the region, as the first of its kind since 16 years.

The paper, on the other hand, quoted Ismael as saying that "Eritrea has been always interfering in the internal affairs of Sudan and the neighboring states." Ismael accused Eritrea of "playing the game Israel plays and other foreign countries," that he did not mention by name in " provoking conflicts and wars among the peoples of the region."

L'hélicoptère de John Garang s'est écrasé, selon l'armée ougandaise

AP | 01.08.05 | 03:44

KHARTOUM (AP) -- L'hélicoptère du vice-président soudanais John Garang s'est écrasé près de la frontière entre l'Ouganda et le Soudan à cause du mauvais temps, a annoncé lundi l'armée ougandaise.
L'ancien chef rebelle, âgé de 60 ans, avait quitté l'Ouganda samedi à 17h30 heure locale (12h30 GMT) à bord d'un hélicoptère de l'armée ougandaise, selon des responsables soudanais et ougandais.
«Ce que nous savons, c'est que l'appareil a fait face à des mauvaises conditions climatiques et s'est écrasé», a déclaré le porte-parole de l'armée ougandaise Dennis Musitwa à l'Associated Press.
Lundi, le ministre chargé des communications à la télévision d'Etat soudanaise a annoncé que l'hélicoptère de John Garang n'avait pas été retrouvé, contrairement à ce qui avait été rapporté plus tôt.
La télévision soudanaise avait affirmé que l'appareil du vice-président s'était posé sans encombre dans le sud du Soudan après avoir été porté disparu suite à une perte de contact. AP

Israel's hand in Sudan's past and future

1/9/2005 12:07:00 PM  GMT
Was Israel behind the separatist movement of the Southern Sudanese? Was Sudan used as a tool by Tel Aviv in order to achieve a long term goal which was to weaken Egypt and come in from the backdoor?

According to a book published by the Dayan Institute for Middle East and Africa Studies called "Israel and the Sudanese Liberation Movement", Israel adopted a strategy which they called 'pulling the limbs then cutting them off'. What this policy entailed was the building of bridges with minority groups, pulling them out of the nationalist context and then 'encouraging' them to separate.

Tel Aviv hoped that this strategy would inevitably weaken the Arab world, break it down and threaten its interests at the same time. In order for this strategy to work, Mossad agents opened lines of communication and connections with the Kurds in Iraq, Maronites in Lebanon and Southerners in Sudan.

Of the three groups, the most important and strategic to Israel's interests were the Southern Sudanese due to the country's close proximity to Egypt. According to the Israeli military belief, Egypt is their most dangerous enemy in region, hence the deep concentration on achieving the goal of weakening it and threatening it from the back.

Israel set up relations with some 32 African countries in an attempt to break into Southern Sudan. Of all the emerging leaders of the separatist movement John Garang was the one chosen and so began Israel's role in destabilising Sudan.

Garang was prepared and backed so that he could set up a proper challenge to the government of Khartoum. According to the book "Israeli's" concentration on Sudan was part of Israel's strategy towards the Red sea, a place which from the start "Israel" thought of as an extremely essential outlet, it worked hard on ensuring it free for its ships to use in fear it becomes an Arabic lake that could be used to besiege it (Israel). Similar to what happened in 1967 and 1973 when the Arabs closed the Tiran and "Bab al mandab" straits."

Israel sent its top men to insure the success of the Sudan project. One of the Mossad top level agents, Ahron Za'eer, was assigned the case and sent more than 5000 experts and advisors in agriculture, construction and the military in a bid to 'enter' countries neighbouring Sudan such as Ethiopia and Uganda so as to 'surround' it.

However the mastermind behind this whole project was none other than Ben Gurion's advisor on Arab affairs, Uri Lubrani, who stated "We must "survey" and observe all what happens in Sudan, that quarter that forms a strategic deepness to Egypt, in addition to its coasts on the Red Sea, it makes Sudan an excellent strategic position. Therefore, it is important to work on finding basis either in Sudan or around it. For this reason, supporting the separatist movements in south Sudan is important for "Israel's" security.
 Of all the African countries Israel used as a tool to get into Sudan, none were as strategic as Ethiopia.

Emperor Haile Selassie signed an agreement which allowed Israel to supervise all of Ethiopia's security organisations including the police, intelligence and the ministry of interior. This security carte blanch enabled Israel's Mossad and military intelligence to have unprecedented control and to concentrate its efforts not only on the Sudan but on other strategic countries, such as Yemen.

Israel's role with the Southern Sudanese movement started from as early back in the late 1950's up to now. Ranging from financial aid, military training and backing in the shape of weapons, Israel's hand has been involved.

What does the future hold for Sudan? After attaining the seat of vice-presidency, how will John Garang 'pay' back his dues? Garang's movement has become part of the ruling forces in Khartoum, the back door entrance to Egypt, which brings up another question what does all this activity mean to Egypt's security?


Sudan’s Garang says to "deal firmly" with Ugandan rebels

Sunday 31 July 2005 02:30.

By Anne Mugisa, The New vision

KAMPALA, July 30, 2005 — First Vice-President 1st Lt-Gen John Garang has given Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels an ultimatum to leave southern Sudan.

Until Wednesday 27 July evening, Garang was a colonel, a rank he has held since 1983 when he deserted the Sudan army.

In an exclusive interview with the New Vision, Garang said he was going to deal firmly with the militias operating in southern Sudan, in order to rebuild the war-ravaged region. "Kony won’t be hiding there for long. It is not only Kony, but also all the militias who have been operating in the area. We need to provide peace, security and stability, so the militias including those that were formerly supported by the government, must be disbanded."

Garang flew into the country aboard a chartered plane yesterday for a meeting with president Yoweri Museveni. The meeting took place at Rwakitura in Mbarara. Garang was met at Entebbe Airport by Vice-President Prof Gilbert Bukenya and the minister for regional cooperation, Nshimye Sebuturo. He flew to Rwakitura aboard President Museveni’s helicopter.

The former Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) leader, who controlled southern Sudan before the peace deal with the Khartoum government, said the priority of his government was to resettle displaced people and remove camps of the internally displaced people and return the Sudanese refugees.

He said there were between three to four million Sudanese refugees outside the country who need to be returned and resettled.

He said his government had started rebuilding the infrastructure in the devastated region, which is home to over 12 million people.

Garang said in the next week, the 10 supervisors for the 10 southern Sudanese states would have taken office to oversee the building of the infrastructure.

The infrastructure to be rebuilt includes roads and railways in southern Sudan and those linking it with Uganda and Kenya, water facilities and financial institutions


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