Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Darfur? It's the Oil, Stupid...

Honestly I have not followed the problems and the news as much as other parts of Africa, but this untitled article from ET raised my desire to look into these issues more.
The case of Darfur, a forbidding piece of sun-parched real estate in the southern part of Sudan, illustrates the new Cold War over oil, where the dramatic rise in China's oil demand to fuel its booming growth has led Beijing to embark on an aggressive policy of--ironically-- dollar diplomacy. With its more than $1.3 trillion in mainly US dollar reserves at the Peoples' National Bank of China, Beijing is engaging in active petroleum geopolitics. Africa is a major focus, and in Africa, the central region between Sudan and Chad is priority. This is defining a major new front in what, since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, is a new Cold War between Washington and Beijing over control of major oil sources. So far Beijing has played its cards a bit more cleverly than Washington. Darfur is a major battleground in this high-stakes contest for oil control.

Where are our geo-strategic/geopolitical experts when we need them. Oh that is right, we get their advice on G/G only when it involves the USA.
So why is China not described in terms of the Evil Empire? They are in control of the global imbalances and thus have a supposed power over the USA and the world economy, but no words of criticism of that. Imagine if the USA had that power...
And are we to assume that if a battleground is going to occur then both sides will not hold up human welfare as the prime motive?

I am so confused on this...
U.S. senator calls for American troops in Darfur
U.S. Sen. Joe Biden said that he would commit U.S. forces immediately to stop militia in Sudan's Darfur region as long as there were reports of genocide.

Is Biden part of the neocons and the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy".
Sudan's U.N. Ambassador Abdalmahmood Abdelhaleem, however, was angry at the comments, saying the senators "should first come with clean hands and apologize to the U.N. for the mess the United States did in Iraq."

He said Sudan would decide on a peacekeeping force of more than 20,000 troops and police after the United Nations and the African Union had agreed on a plan and sent it to Khartoum.

"There is good momentum in the region," he said, calling Biden's remarks "unwarranted and out of context."

Yes luckily no one remembers all the blocks on allowing even humanitarian aid in.



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