Creating South Sudan: George Clooney, John Prendergast, and George Bush
AfrobeatRadio Host Wuyi Jacobs: South Sudan celebrated its independence from the Northern government of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on July 9th. The New York Times congratulated movie actor George Clooney, an ardent campaigner for Southern Sudanese independence, on his victory, though many African people thought that the Sudanese people might have more rightly been at the center of the South’s Independence Day story. Others emphasized the U.S. and allies’ interest in managing Sudan’s vast oil reserves. AfrobeatRadio's Ann Garrison has more.
AfrobeatRadio/Ann Garrison: Movie actor George Clooney received more international congratulation than South Sudan's new President Salvaa Kirr, as did his fellow campaigner John Prendergast, former Director of African Affairs on Clinton's National Security Council and staffer at the National Intelligence Council. Prendergast appeared on the Colbert Report to show off the new Southern Sudanese map that Colbert gave him credit for, but said that the Southern Sudanese really have the humanitarian intervention of former President George Bush to thank for their independence:
Stephen Colbert: Who really should get credit for ending that fight and, and making the opportunity for this country to come into existence?
John Prendergast: The South Sudanese fought and then they pushed for a peace deal that would give them the chance to vote. But there's no question that America, as the country that has the most influence in Sudan, played a major role in ensuring that that peace deal actually came to fruition and gave the Southerners a chance to vote for independence.
Stephen Colbert: And who was the president in office when that peace was achieved?
John Prendergast: That would be President Bush.
Stephen Colbert: Give it right up here, Baby! Give it right up here! (Hand slap.) All right, let's mark that down in the history books. And, babies in South Sudan? Name them George.
Thank you so much.
John Prendergast: Thank you for having me.
Stephen Colbert: JOHN PRENDERGAST!!!
(Audio clipped from The Colbert Report/Comedy Central segment, 07.18.2011, posted to Hulu.)
AfrobeatRadio: Mahmood Mamdani, a scholar and professor at Uganda’s Makerere University, is less sanguine about South Sudan’s status as a U.S. protectorate. In his Pambazuka News essay “South Sudan: Rethinking Citizenship, Sovereignty And Self-Determination,” Mamdani wrote that independence had never been a goal of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army led by martyred leader John Gareng, and that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir agreed to South Sudan’s January independence referendum only because, post 9/11, he feared becoming the next target of US aggression, after Afghanistan and Iraq. As a consequence, Al-Bashir’s northern, Khartoum government now faces Southern control of 75% of the former Sudan’s oil, after the collapse of oil revenue sharing talks.
And, many NGO lobbies and editorial writers have made it clear that they won't be satisfied until President Al-Bashir is tried at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, where he is the first sitting head of state to be indicted.
Veteran Africa investigator Keith Harmon Snow, who has written extensively about Sudan and one of its most oil rich and war torn states, Darfur, says that the people who should be tried at the Hague are the Western war criminals who have backed 20 years of covert guerrilla warfare, war crimes and genocide.
Keith Harmon Snow: The U.S., Britain and Israel prosecuted this covert war through their key military proxies, the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army, which had nothing to do with "liberation," and the Uganda People's Defense Forces, which had nothing to do with the people. As in Rwanda, English-language propaganda about South Sudan centered on false accusations of genocide, and on the massive disinformation campaign about "slavery" which was peddled by the Judeo-Christian organizations that were shipping weapons and Bibles into Sudan under the so-called “humanitarian” enterprise Operation Lifeline Sudan. US State Department disinformation falsely accused Bashir of atrocities actually committed by the US-Israeli guerrilla proxies like the Justice and Equality Movement, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and its Darfur wing, the Sudan Liberation Army, and the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's Ugandan People‘s Defense Forces.
The covert US wars in Rwanda, Congo, South Sudan and Darfur, and the propaganda fronts that covered them up, have been coordinated by the same people under every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan: national security agents like Roger Winter, Susan Rice, Prudence Bushnell, Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton, and John Prendergast. The disinformation traveled from USAID official Roger Winter to Dr. Eric Reeves, a hysterical liberal English professor who spearheaded the disinformation campaign about Sudan out of his offices at Smith College. And then we had the front groups like ENOUGH and STAND – Students Taking Action Now on Darfur -- and Hollywood actorvists --George Clooney, Mia Farrow, Don Cheadle, Angelina Jolie -- all greasing the skids of genocide for their own private profits and “humanitarian” images, for the Israeli arms industry, for Coca Cola and Unilever, for big oil, and for Wall Street investment bankers like Philippe Heilberg.
AfrobeatRadio: Snow says that the corporate executives now laying claim to South Sudan's resources include former Pentagon and State Department officials:
Keith Harmon Snow: Now this is where it gets really interesting. Heilberg's JARCH Capital acquired 400,000 hectares of land in South Sudan, landholdings the size of Vermont, from Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army warlord Gabriel Matip. Other JARCH Capital executives include a former Clinton era Pentagon agent, Gwyneth Todd, and Joseph Wilson, the Bush II Ambassador whose wife Valerie Plame was exposed as a CIA agent after Wilson exposed Bush for lying about uranium yellowcake from Niger being sold to Saddam Hussein. Notably, in 1997, just before Clinton bombed the pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, Joseph Wilson ran the National Security Council's East Africa Desk. Working under him at the time, of course, was NSC agent John Prendergast, America's humanitarian poster boy for Sudan and George Clooney's sidekick.
Broadcast on Pacifica WBAI-N.Y.C.'s AfrobeatRadio, 08.02.2011.