Many reports from the time of the fall of Gadhafi’s regime described terrible brutality by Libya’s revolutionaries against black Africans, as Bashir has heaped abuse on Darfur and the now-independent South Sudan. The great irony is that Bashir, who considers himself an Arab, would be described as a black man in any town in the West. Life imitates art, as Bashir could be described as the Arab world’s answer to Dave Chapelle’s blind black Klansman. That both regimes are indifferent to non-”Arab” causes would not be surprising.
In any case, once again, Muslim countries are protecting and supporting Bashir, as the OIC and Arab League have done in the past, and utterly ignoring the charges against him. The reality on the ground does not line up with vaunted egalitarianism of Islam that is so heavily emphasized in dawah sales pitches. “Sudan’s Bashir criticises Kadhafi in Libya trip,” by Jay Deshmukh for Agence France-Presse, January 7:
Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, wanted internationally for genocide and war crimes, said on Saturday in Tripoli that slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi caused great suffering among the Sudanese people.
His arrival in Tripoli marked Bashir’s first Libya visit since Kadhafi was ousted, but the trip faced strong criticism from New York-based Human Rights Group, which said that hosting such an “international fugitive” sent troubling signals about the commitment of Libya’s new rulers to human rights.
Wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide and war crimes in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, Bashir said that after Libya, Kadhafi inflicted the most damage in Sudan, the official WAL news agency reported.
“We all suffered from the old regime… We (the Sudanese) were the second to have suffered the most, after the Libyan people,” Bashir told WAL.
Upon arrival in Tripoli, the Sudanese leader was met by Libya’s Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the National Transitional Council (NTC), and members of the interim government, an AFP photographer reported.
Bashir, who claims that Sudan provided weapons to help oust Kadhafi, said the visit felt “like it was the first time,” adding that he came to underline Sudan’s support for the Libyan people and the country’s new government that took charge after Kadhafi’s four-decade dictatorship fell. [...]
But Richard Dicker, international justice director at Human Rights Watch, strongly criticised his visit to Libya.
“Omar al-Bashir is an international fugitive from an arrest warrant for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes,” Dicker told AFP by telephone from New York.
“Many governments have refused him entry into their countries. His arrival in Tripoli sends a disturbing signal about NTC’s commitment to human rights and the rule of law.”…