[dehai-news] (BAR) Susan Rice is Bad News for Africa


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From: Biniam Tekle (biniamt@dehai.org)
Date: Wed Dec 03 2008 - 09:11:14 EST


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Susan Rice is Bad News for Africa
American Empire - Imperial Racism
Wednesday, 03 December 2008
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Barack Obama's nominee for United Nations Ambassador is a very aggressive
woman - militarily speaking. Susan Rice is "more bellicose" than George Bush
when it comes to threatening Sudan over the plight of the people of Darfur,
"while simultaneously backing a savage U.S.-Ethiopian assault that causes an
even larger humanitarian calamity in Somalia." One is forced to conclude
that "Susan Rice's brand of 'humanitarian intervention' is a farce, a
pretext to justify military aggression under the guise of preventing human
suffering."

Susan Rice is Bad News for Africa
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
"Rice revealed herself to be an apostle of George Bush's War on Somalia."

If you believe that Barack Obama will pursue a policy in the Horn of Africa
that is substantially different than that of George Bush, you are in for a
deep disappointment. Only weeks after Ethiopia's U.S.-instigated invasion of
Somalia almost two years ago, Susan Rice, Obama's choice for Ambassador to
the United Nations, endorsed the aggression - an atrocity that has resulted
in the displacement of 1.5 million Somalis and impending starvation of 3.5
million more.
Rice is a proponent of so-called "humanitarian military intervention" - but
supports a U.S. Somalia policy that created "Africa's worst humanitarian
crisis," according to the United Nations.

There is every reason to believe she will counsel the next president to
continue George Bush's policies in the Horn of Africa. In January, 2007,
while Ethiopian troops attempted to crush Islamists who had brought a brief
period of relative peace and stability to Somalia, and U.S. air and sea
forces pounded the countryside with missiles and bombs, Rice revealed
herself to be an apostle of George Bush's War on Somalia (and the so-called
War on Terror in general). Rice told the PBS News Hour that U.S.
collaboration with the Ethiopian invaders was justified by what she called
America's "counterterrorism imperatives," which she said "really are real in
the context of Somalia." In Rice's words, "We have to go after the terrorist
cells where we find them."

The Bush regime gave no estimate of how many persons with ties to Al Qaida
were operating on Somali soil, but the number appears to have been very
small. The main goal of the Americans and their Ethiopian allies was to
crush the government that had been created by Somali Islamists. The Islamic
Courts regime, as Abukar Arman writes in the journal Global Politician,
operated "schools, hospitals, and for six months before the occupation
removed every checkpoint in Mogadishu and brought a semblance of peace." Two
years after the invasion, the Islamists have retaken much of southern and
central Somalia, and the Ethiopians appear poised to withdraw - after
killing, starving and displacing millions in partnership with the United
States.

"On Darfur, Rice is more bellicose than Bush."

The "humanitarian" component of Susan Rice's militarism is quite selective.

She has long been a super-hawk on punishing Sudan for its behavior in
Darfur. Back in October, 2006, Rice declared, "It's time to get tough" with
the government in Khartoum." In a Washington Post column, she advised the
Bush regime to give Sudan "an ultimatum: accept unconditional deployment of
the U.N. force within one week or face military consequences." (explain
China and oil and Israel)

On Darfur, Rice is more bellicose than Bush. She sees no contradiction in
calling for military action against Sudan, supposedly to end a "humanitarian
crisis" in Darfur, while simultaneously backing a savage U.S.-Ethiopian
assault that causes an even larger humanitarian calamity in Somalia. Rice
claims to seek safety for civilians in Darfur, while supporting a total
absence of security for Somali civilians. Darfur is a military/political
convenience for "real-politic" operatives like Susan Rice. As Bruce Dixon
wrote in his November 2007 BAR article, "If stopping genocide in Africa
really was on the agenda, why the focus on Sudan with 200,000 to 400,000
dead rather than Congo with five million dead?" (See "Ten Reasons Why 'Save
Darfur' is a PR Scam to Justify the Next US Oil and Resource Wars in
Africa.")

"Her sole concern is projection of U.S. power by any means - or pretext -
that is available."

Rice's behavior in Africa has always been morally inconsistent. She was a
member of Bill Clinton's National Security Council during the 1994 Rwandan
genocide against the Tutsi minority. Later, she "swore" she would go "down
in flames" if necessary to prevent future genocides. But after her promotion
to Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, she failed to publicly advocate
action against U.S. allies Uganda and by then Tutsi-ruled Rwanda - the main
perpetrators in an ongoing war that his killed millions

Susan Rice's brand of "humanitarian intervention" is a farce, a pretext to
justify military aggression under the guise of preventing human suffering.
She has amply demonstrated that her sole concern is projection of U.S. power
by any means - or pretext - that is available.

Rice embraces a policy that causes mass death and starvation in Somalia and
ongoing genocide in Congo. Although she's no blood relative of Condoleezza
Rice, on African issues she seems headed in the same direction as the
current Secretary of State.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at
Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com This e-mail address is being protected from
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