Three cheers for Bono bashers, Clooney patrols, and the "international humanitarian blogosphere's snark brigade" cited by Joshua Keating, in his Foreign Policy essay, "Is George Clooney helping?" Without the brigade, the West would hear of nothing but the White Man's Burden as the Southern Sudanese people vote in their referendum on independence this week.
And what's George Clooney really concerned about in Sudan? Let's start with China, whom the U.S. is competing with, ever more fiercely, for Africa's resources, including Sudan's oil. Note the Telegraph, April 2008, "What George Clooney told Gordon Brown about China and Darfur":
"The shared cause that brought Clooney to No 10 after a tough night's partying is Darfur.
Although Olympic protests focus on Tibet, demonstrators also decry China's policies in Sudan. Anger against the 'Genocide Olympics' first crystallised when Steven Spielberg withdrew as artistic adviser to the Games after Beijing had refused to put pressure on President Omar al-Bashir to end the killing."
Of course Clooney, like Stephen Spielberg, and their pal John Prendergast, is also bothered by big bad Arabs, most of all by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who's been indicted by the ICC, the International Criminal Court, for war crimes in Darfur. Never mind that the U.S.A. and Israel, like China, Russia, and India, all refuse to sign and ratify the treaty that created the International Criminal Court, the Rome Statute, because signing might make both their leaders, maybe even heads of state, subject to the court's jurisdiction as well. As long as they don't sign and ratify, they're not, unless of course the UN Security Council refers their cases to the court, as they did that of Omar al-Bashir, since Sudan hasn't signed or ratified the Rome Statute either.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Clooney. Thy name is Bono; thy name is Prendergast; thy name is Kerry---John Kerry, the Senator from Massachusetts, one of the global oligarchy's top elected managers, also in Sudan for the referendum.
Hypocrisy thy name is UN Security Council. Three of your members, the U.S., China, and Russia, have not signed and ratified the Rome Statute and thus have not agreed to the jurisdiction of the ICC that you referred Omar al-Bashir's crimes to----although that doesn't stop George Clooney from invoking the moral authority of the Security Council in NBC Dateline's "Winds of War," at Stanford University, and wherever else he appears on behalf of the stop-genocide industrial complex.
ENOUGH ENOUGH ENOUGH ENOUGH!!! ENOUGH of the ENOUGH Project, a mightily endowed "advocacy organization" lodged deep in the bowels of the Democratic Party, the Clintonista Center for American Progress, in D.C.
ENOUGH exists to make the national security state look like it's responding to constituents and activists, when it's really just responding to itself. ENOUGH's founder, John Prendergast, was the Director of African Affairs on Bill Clinton's National Security Council and Special Advisor to his Under-Secretary of State for African Affairs, Susan Rice, who is now Barack Obama's Ambassador to the UN.
That's the Susan Rice who is still best known to many for asking, during an interagency conference call on Rwanda, in 1994, “'If we use the word ‘genocide, and are seen as doing nothing, what will the effect on the November [congressional] election be?”
More recently, when asked by NBC Dateline if she would rule out a multilateral military force in response to renewed fighting in Sudan, UN Ambassador Susan Rice responded, "I'm not going to rule out anything."
I could hardly disagree more with Joshua Keating's description, of George Clooney's presence in Sudan as benign: "But for now at least, it's hard to see how Clooney's presence as a cheerleader is really hurting."
I quoted Clooney's remarks to NBC and explained further, in my January 8th WBAI AfrobeatRadio Special on the Southern Sudanese Referendum.
But, I do thank Keating for naming the "international humanitarian blogosphere's snark brigade," which I'm proud to march in, and for sharing the rest of the brigade's efforts, those of Laurenist, TexasinAfrica, and Wronging Rights, in this widely published Foreign Policy essay:
Foreign Policy: Is George Clooney helping Sudan?
by JOSHUA KEATING