Is it Religion, Region, Reason or Season that still keeps the Sudans bleeding?!
It is a fact well known that if a country bleeds, the blood must atone for some cause (biblicalists call it sin). But in the case of our country of the past and the present which I now refer to as ‘the Sudans’, the world is still at a loss as to why the flood of blood of innocent people is continuing undammed or undamned. Some analysts and anarchists have constantly pinned the course of our wars, which is the cause of our woes, on the following hypotheses:
The world media, which is unfortunately copied by our local media, has preached time and again that Sudan civil war is a religious war between the north and the south of the Sudan. They use these phrase, which gathers no praise from patriots like me: ‘religious war between the dominantly moslem north and the pre-dominantly Christian and animist south. I protest. There is no religion called animism here in the south. We have our own African religions and then Christianity, which is a pre-dominantly Westernized religion. This also makes me sick to realize that some African have been fanaticized to the extent of believing that I have to pass through a White Man on Earth to access a White Mansion in Heaven. But that is not the topic. The subject matter that has to really matter in this puzzle is ‘But is it a religious war?’. The first answer to be given by the author of the idealogy himself, the Jihad (Islamic) idealoque, Dr. Hassan al Tourabi (in my own words: Dr. Al Trouble). To confirm this, my fellow blogger, Magdi El Gizouli affirms it on his weblog entitled, Still Sudan:
Turabi, now a victim of the regime, shed off his jihadist credentials and became the ‘sheikh of freedoms’. The believers of the Islamic Movement were shocked twice, once when Bashir humiliated Turabi out of power and gaoled him time and time again, and twice when Turabi ridiculed the jihad years as a mistaken adventure.
“This participation was a huge mistake that led to what is Sudan’s fate now,” Ibrahim said. The leading figure from al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya suggested that they were misguided in their backing of the war and blamed Bashir’s government for splitting up the country. “The Sudanese regime focused its efforts on Islamizing the south and the Egyptian Islamists considered their participation in the war [was for the cause of] safeguarding Islam.” http://www.sudantribune.com/Egyptian-Islamist-group-admits,40746
“We order the armed forces to carry on its operations and not to stop until South Kordofan is purged as Abyei was purged before, and Abdel Azizi is arrested and brought to trial,” said Bashir.
Now, if we call it a religion, then we are confronted with the fact that the Darfur war is a Muslim against a muslim affair, raising Jesus Christ’s question in reaction to the question of Beelzebul that no devil can fight another devil, ‘Can a house fight itself…?” So it is not a war of religion. And if at all it were, then the 100-percent Muslem Darfur would not bleed. So what war is it now? Maybe a war of region. For instance, Darfur region against central region, Eastern region against central region, Southern region against central region, marginalized regions (areas) against central region, central region against central region…! However, this fact is weakened by the fact that if it were a regional war, then Darfur would not be involved because it has been fighting alongside the central region against the Southern region till 2003. Not only that, but Khartoum (central region) itself has problems within itself. Look at the constant strikes and demonstrations which are crushed by the government forces on daily basis. As if that is not enough, why a series of coup d’ tats since the partial independence of the Sudan in 1956? So if it is not a war of region, then what is the reason? Then it is a war of reason.
The reason here means ideology, rationale, policies, and all that begs a question WHY? Why does somebody declare Jihad on his innocent people, who comprise both Muslim, Christianity and African religions? Why use an apartheid system? Why the ‘kokora’ (divide-and-rule) method? Why…? So what is the reason the Sudan is still bleeding even after the splitting just this season? Maybe the political season.
It is often attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King, the American civil rights martyr, that he said, “There is nothing powerful than the idea whose time has come.” Therefore, in this season, and for this reason, the time has come for the Arab revolution; in Media terms ‘The Arab Awakening” or “The Arab Spring”, which really intensified during the spring season of this year. The long term political deceipt enveloped in religious fanaticism is now laid threadbare by the forces of liberalism. The wind of change sweeping across north Africa and Arab world is a manifest that the Arab region has seen the reason, democracy the rest of the world is enjoying, and therefore, they want to eat of the fruits thereof, hence the season of change. But this fruit is an Adam’s Apple in the Republic of Sudan, a ‘forbidden fruit’ that can’t be tasted on the streets of Khartoum. So what is making the Sudan, even new one, still bleeding?