[imc-qc] News - Reflections from PREDA and Fr. Shay Cullen,
Philippines # 159
PREDA Information Office
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Tue Jan 4 16:40:49 PST 2005
Genocide in Darfur with the money of the oil tycoons
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By: Father Shay Cullen
How can we ignore the terrible images of the slaughter and genocide that is
sweeping over the Sudan Darfur region? Here, small children die of
starvation, bullet wounds, beating and burning. Their parents have been
massacred and their villages burnt to blackened cinders. Their blood has
been soaked by the desert sands. Who can be held accountable for all this
and what can be done?
There is no war without the paymasters. They are the power brokers behind
the atrocities, murder and mayhem that are being allowed to continue while
the wealthy business interests lobby their governments to pressure the UN
to go easy on the Arab government in Khartoum.
Sudan is a nation divided along ethnic and racial lines. The Arab
government has an affinity with the Middle East, the people in the West and
South are more racially identified with the African people and are mostly
These impoverished minority groups have had enough of the poverty, plunder,
domination and slave trading of the Sudanese in Khartoum for generations.
They want autonomy and to benefit from their own natural wealth.
That is the crux of the problem, the wealth happens to be oil. Nations go
to war over oil and corporations will help them, genocide or not, to get
control of that precious commodity. Oil and gas is the root of so much
murder, anarchy and rebellion in Iraq and the Sudan. This is the black gold
that fuels our cars, drives our industry and heats our homes. Western
wealth and industry depend on it.
That is why some governments and multinational corporations are supporting
the Khartoum government that is unleashing the vicious genocidal Janjaweed
militias to run wild, kill and burn with impunity. They aim to destroy any
opposition so that Khartoum can control the vast oil reserves in the South
and the Western Darfur region. Yet can we enjoy oil that is mixed with the
blood of the poor, the refugees and the victims of the ongoing genocide?
Europe ought to impose an oil embargo. Every five minuets one person dies
as a consequence of the attacks and two million have been made homeless and
on the verge of starvation, according to reports. Can our consciences be at
peace this Christmas or any other time while genocide and mass killings
continue? We must protest and speak out against it.
One quarter of the oil of China comes from Sudan and Russia. They worked
together to block the United Nations security council from passing a
resolution imposing sanctions or censoring the Sudan government. Do the
multinationals supporting the Sudanese government also have innocent blood
on their hands too?
These so called prestigious companies have paid out money to the Khartoum
government in return for oil and other business that enables the government
to arm the fierce militias and build up their own armed forces and even buy
Mig jets-29s. The horror is continuing according to Human Rights Watch.
Have these corporations something to answer for? Until they stop trading or
giving money to Sudan I will never buy a German Siemens product like a cell
phone, or insurance from ABB Ltd. of Switzerland, and I advise all to
withdraw shares from Alcatel of France, ABB Ltd. of Switzerland, Tatneft of
Russia and PetroChina. Allegedly they are the biggest supporters of the
Sudanese government empowering and enabling it to oppress the minorities.
Amazingly the American oil and other corporations are not on this
particular list of suspected collaborators in genocide. That's not because
they found evangelical piety and a good conscience but on the contrary the
evangelicals of America found them trading with Khartoum. They successfully
lobbed George W. Bush to impose an oil embargo against Sudan and ban US
corporations from trading with that government.
They are seething with hidden anger at Bush for giving into the demands of
the evangelicals. But they were right to put their faith into practical
political action to help the victims of oppression and genocide. Bush got
the reward of their votes and was re-elected. They got some relief and a
peace process for their Christian communities in the South. Yet many of
them support the war in Iraq. What a contradiction. Are dead Christians in
Sudan more valuable than dead Muslims in Iraq? It's unthinkable that such a
judgment could be made yet it seems that way and it can't be right.
But Darfur remains in the throes of suffering as the killing goes on the UN
dithers and the multinationals continue to support the trigger pulling
militias with trade and political support to Khartoum. We are confronted
with a challenge to act too we can support a boycott of the collaborators
in genocide. [End]
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