[dropcap]M[/dropcap]any of the supporters of the Obama Doctrine are appalled by what is clearly a cynical policy of fear-mongering by the right, one that is more concerned with galvanizing the power-base than it is with explain the facts of the world we live into them. But, the supporters argue, while the world might indeed be going through a turbulent and violent phase right now, America is actually quite safe.
Why not indeed? Were they being dishonest then? Or are they being dishonest now? What goes on in their minds these days, I wonder, as they watch the unfolding mayhem in Syria? Do they feel guilty? Do they feel ashamed? Or do they feel somehow justified somehow, through some twisted bit of logic disguised as realpolitik, in their decision to enter into a business deal with Assad over his chemical program, and Iran over its nuclear one, even as both continue with their sectarian genocidal venture in Syria? Do they feel anything at all?
First posted on my short-lived blog Tharwalizations.
Countdown for another regional disaster is currently taking place. Both Ethiopia and the Somali Sharia militias are arming themselves and a showdown seems to be looming. Eritrea is playing its part in an attempted pay back at Ethiopia over their previous entanglements not too long ago. Continue reading “Conflict Watch, July 27, 2006”
A Tharwa Project Statement on Darfur
The unfolding humanitarian crisis in Darfur cannot be simply attributed to a conflict over scarce resources, although this is definitely an important factor in this regard.
Indeed, there is a history in the Sudan, and many other parts of Africa, of encroachment by nomadic tribes on lands owned by farmers whenever draught conditions prevailed. This seems to have been the initial catalyst for the current crisis in Darfur, but it is definitely not the reason why it has assumed such major humanitarian proportions. Continue reading “Darfur – Roots of Conflict and the Role of the Arab and the International Community”