Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Arrest Warrant: Bashir's Cheap Kenyan Tricks
Busing in supporters to central Khartoum chanting WE LOVE PRESIDENT BASHIR was a movie scripted and premiered in Kenya. After butchering nearly 300,000 of his own subjects in Darfur, Bashir outdid Kenyan politicians in running home to drum support when cornered.
Luis Moreno is a tough cookie. He terrorized dictators and murderers in his native Argentina and Bashir must have underestimated his resolve to indict him even if only for sentimental reasons. The heat is on and fellow strongmen in Africa are not sitting pretty any more as evident in their opposition to Bashir’s arrest warrant.
Not that they love General Al-Bashir any bit but they are alive to the fact that their necks may be next on Moreno’s chopping block. Bashir’s copy of our own Mutua was predictable as the sun rising in the east with that tired line of neo-colonialism. And Mustafa Othman Ismail is in good company with many here who will wax patriotic when convenient in support of their own political tin gods.
Security in numbers
Bashir will not present himself to The Hague but Moreno has cut the ice. The precedent ans symbolism will sent a cold chill on the spines of scoundrels hell bent of exterminating their opponents and voters whom they consider a challenge to their dictatorship and plunder. No amount of plastic patriotism will buy immunity from indictment.
And just as our IDPs continue to pay the price of unholy trinity perpetrated by our own king, Sudanese refugees are the end losers with six foreign aid agencies having their registrations revoked already. Speak of painful security in numbers amongst insensitive murders who will stop at nothing in the process of feathering their nests at national expense.
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