The real culprits are the Chinese, there for the Darfur oil, and in the process providing Sudan with arms sales and protection in the Security Council. But of coarse, the Times is also a big China fan...
The reason most civilised groups (like the Arab league) are against the ICC ruling is NOT because it isn't true, but because they are pragmatists who see the indictment as a blocker to actually sorting out the on-going killing and chaos. They find the ruling 'unhelpful' because it will strengthen Al Bashir's continuing resistance to international forces that, funnily enough, want to try stop the mass murder of thousands of innocent africans.
This guy does Oman no good whatsoever. He parrots whatever he thinks will make him look good with anyone with power. And thus comes out supporting someone who most civilised countries agree is a total monster. It has nothing whatsoever to do with American/Zionist conspiracies. There isn't even that much oil.
What's next Times of Oman?? - an article in support of Robert Mugabe? I prefer to look at what someone like Amnesty International says about the ICC ruling.
July, 14 2008
Sudan-International Criminal Court: An important step
Amnesty International said that today’s announcement by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is an important step towards ensuring accountability for human rights violations in Sudan. The organization was talking in reaction to the announcement by the ICC Prosecutor to seek an arrest warrant against Sudanese President al Bashir.
Amnesty International has repeatedly called for accountability for crimes under international law committed by parties to the conflict in Darfur.
The organization called on the Government of Sudan to ensure that its reaction does not have an adverse effect on the deployment of the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). The government must guarantee that the civilian population in Darfur continues to receive protection from UNAMID and emergency humanitarian assistance.
Here's the latest Al Zedjali opinion piece in full. My cat has more insight.
Sudan in clutches of international conspiracies
By Essa bin Mohammed Al Zedjali
Sunday, July 20, 2008 1:07:25 AM Oman Time
The invisible hands have come back once again to hatch international conspiracies against Sudan after a relative calm in Darfur crisis, which involved serious external interventions in a bid to secure both the American and Israeli interests in the region, which is rich with natural resources.
Israel has been trying for too long to separate the Darfur region from the rest of Sudan with complete support from the United States, but its efforts have failed to bear fruit. It has also failed to get its hands on Sudan’s natural resources, which are God’s gift to the country.
Now Israel and the US have both turned to a new trick leading to the condemnation of Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Ahmed Al Beshir by the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), which, ever since its inception, seems to have decided to become an instrument to secure political goals and interests of the superpower. This travesty of justice is taking place despite the fact that the ICC’s sole purpose was to review and judge on the international cases of crimes presented to it on fair grounds with no political interests and to work within absolute legal framework and environment in the light of the international law and principles and not in the interest of some specific countries.
The arrest warrant for the Sudanese president, issued last week by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor of the ICC, is like pouring oil on fire and worsening the Darfur crisis, as stated by a senior adviser to the Sudanese president who remarked: “The warrant is designed to create hatred and enmity among the tribal groups in Darfur.”
This latest move by the International Criminal Court was condemned by both the Gulf and the Arab countries. The decision was also criticised by the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council through a statement by Abdulrahman Al Attiyah, its secretary-general, as well as by Amr Moosa, secretary-general of the Arab League. The Arab League has responded to Sudan’s call for holding an emergency meeting for the Arab foreign ministers. The Peace and Security Council of the African Union has also warned the ICC about such moves endangering peace and security in the African continent.
The Arab foreign ministers in their meeting held yesterday in Cairo stressed that the ICC action against Sudan and its leader reflects the double standard of the international community in dealing with issues of human rights especially in the light of massacres on the Palestinian lands. This approach is very dangerous and if the ICC agrees with the decision of its prosecutor general, its consequences will affect all regions rather than bring stability to Sudan.
The Arab ministers may now discuss the possibility of asking the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution asking for the ICC to suspend its procedures for 12 months.
The ICC, as claimed by Sudan’s envoy to the UN, has no jurisdiction over Sudan and hence has no right to practise any authority over Khartoum unless requested by the Sudanese national courts as per the convention of the International Criminal Court. Ironically, the ICC has not only contradicted its own convention but also those of other bodies of the UN, which have sent an international mission to inspect and probe the actual conditions in Sudan, particularly in Darfur, and which have found no trace of a genocide in Darfur. l One finds it quite strange that the ICC is trying to exert pressure on the Sudanese government against the charges of genocide in Darfur while at the same time it continues to turn a blind eye to all the massacres committed by the US and Israel against the Arab and other nations, particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.
What is happening with Sudan and its president is a type of clear political blackmailing. Ironically, the US claims not to be involved in the issue and remains a silent observer of events. At the same time Israel too is maintaining a mysterious silence, which shows that the issue reeks of a conspiracy designed to implicate Sudan in an international controversy in order to badly affect its political stability and security. - firstname.lastname@example.org