In last week’s column I criticized Kofi Annan and the human rights establishment for not acknowledging that the Sudan genocide is a jihad. Why is this important? If you don’t deal with the true problem, you can’t prescribe the proper remedy. If the UN and human rights organizations rush aid or even troops to Darfur, they will be doing nothing to change the jihad dynamic, which may recur. The militias will be disarmed; will other militias form? What is needed in Sudan and elsewhere is a reform of jihad theology. No, I am not holding my breath. From the BBC, with thanks to Mike:
Sudan’s army says the UN resolution on the conflict in Darfur is “a declaration of war” and threatens to fight any foreign intervention.
The resolution gives the government 30 days to disarm the Janjaweed militias, which are accused of widespread atrocities against non-Arab groups.
Sudan’s cabinet has also criticised the resolution. It has promised to disarm the Arab militias – but within 90 days.
More than one million people have fled their homes in 18 months of conflict….
“The Security Council resolution about the Darfur issue is a declaration of war on the Sudan and its people,” armed forces spokesman General Mohamed Beshir Suleiman told the official Al Anbaa daily newspaper.
“The Sudanese army is now prepared to confront the enemies of the Sudan on land, sea and air,” he said.
“The door of the jihad is still open and if it has been closed in the south it will be opened in Darfur,” he said, referring to a peace deal to end 20 years of war in southern Sudan.