Of course, Darfur is all about race, and this Muslim-on-Muslim violence could have nothing to do with Islamic jihad, right? Right?
I’ll let Omar al-Beshir himself field that one:
“The international concern about the Darfur issue is targeting the status of Islam in Sudan” — Omar al-Beshir, President of Sudan, July 23, 2004.
In other words, for him, the international concern about Darfur is just a war against Islam, and he is Islam’s defender. And he is defending Islam, of course, by massacring the black African Muslims of Darfur, who in his pure eyes are not sufficiently Muslim.
“ICC prosecutor seeks arrest of Sudan’s Beshir for ‘genocide,'” from AFP, July 14 (thanks to Frank):
THE HAGUE (AFP) “” The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court on Monday asked for an arrest warrant against Sudan’s President Omar al-Beshir for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur.
Beshir had “personally instructed” his forces to annihilate three ethnic groups in the western Sudanese region, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told journalists in The Hague.
“His motives were largely political. His alibi was a counter-insurgency.’ His intent was genocide,” he said.
The president had ordered his forces “not to bring back any wounded or prisoners,” he added. “He wanted to commit genocide.”
Sudan immediately rejected the bid as damaging to Darfur peace hopes, and the African Union warned the indictment of Beshir would create a power vacuum that risked “military coups and widespread anarchy”….