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Clinton offends the Sudanese president

Christian Locklayer
Staff Writer

The nation of Darfur is a country of economic and political upheaval. The U.S. government believes that president, Omar al-Bashir is the one to blame. On Tuesday, Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton publicly offended Bashir’s lack of political efficacy and forewarned that, “he and the government of Sudan will pay for every single death that ensues” in the refugee camps of Darfur. The controversy started when the Sudanese president made a very foolish decision to throw a substantial amount of international aid workers out of the country. Earlier this month al-Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court on the charges of war crimes. The removal of international aid workers was merely a pathetic attempt, on his part, to save himself. As many as 13 international aid groups were exiled by the Sudanese president. The 13 groups represent roughly half the amount of relief that was brought to Darfur. Nearly half a million people have died in Darfur alone, and millions more are homeless. This is something that Hilary Clinton quotes as ‘horrendous’, and President Barack Obama seeks to put into effect a special ambassador for Sudan very soon. The focal point now lies in what Clinton’s perceives as the main issue of importance; what type of consequences will be executed to make al-Bashir and the government in Khartoum understand that they will be held accountable for their actions. Spokesman, Robert Woods, of the State Department, recently commented that as many as hundreds of thousands of people’s lives could be at stake and the al-Bashir needs to reverse the action he took. It needs to be reversed immediately. He is quoted as saying that, “it is irresponsible the action that al-Bashir took.” Clinton’s last plea is to convince actors of the African system of government, who have concurred with al-Bashir’s plan of action to somehow persuade him, or the Sudanese government to let the aid workers back in.
The latter half of that imploration is to replace the international aid workers with money and staff to help tend to the refugees. The U.S. government and Hilary Clinton are both looking for new ways to convince the Sudanese government of their apparent wrongdoings. In this matter, the Sudanese government would have to recognize the intangible weight of dishonor that has been placed on the world diplomacy system. It has shamed the U.S. government that Sudan is not doing anything to help the refugees that they helped create in the first place. The U.S. is thinking about going to such lengths as calling on support from the African Union and the Arab Union to drive al-Bashir to overturn his decision. Currently Barack Obama has been meeting with U.N. Secretary, General Ban kai-Moon where he deliberated on the worsening conditions in Sudan. U.S. officials have been hosting meetings in New-York, Washington, and Khartoum with what Woods would call “like minded-nation”. The conflict going on in Darfur is simply devastating and the lack of responsibility that Sudan is taking in handling this matter should evoke a sense of repulsion from everyone who reads this article. The essence of the international system is based on sovereignty and every actor coming together to play their part. When one actor does not play their part, everyone suffers, and right now the ones doing the most suffering are the ones we cannot hear, and the one whose tolerance is waning. Let’s not make them wait any longer. Let’s make it possible to grant the refugees of Darfur justice.

Courtsey of www.cnn.com.

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The Wesleyan Word is the official student newspaper of Wesleyan College. Operated and produced by students, The Word is printed twice per month during the fall and spring semesters. Online editions are released every Wednesday throughout the school year. Wesleyan College is a 4-year private residential college for women in Macon, Georgia. Established in 1836, Wesleyan College is the first college in the world to charter degrees to women.

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