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December 28, 2008 (WASHINGTON) – The US special envoy to Sudan Richard Williamson has reportedly asked President Bush to take coercive measures against Khartoum to halt killings in the western region of Darfur.

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The New York Times (NYT) newspaper reported that Williamson sent a “tough” memo to Bush recommending a series of steps to pressure the Sudanese government.

Among the steps is to temporarily jam all communications in the Sudanese capital which would severe telephone communications, cell phones as well as internet access.

Furthermore the US navy would hinder access to Port Sudan by searching or turning away some ships. At a later stage a full blown embargo could be enforced to prevent Sudan from selling its oil.

The last stage would be to shoot down all Sudanese fighters that violate ban over Darfur and to use the threat of destroying air force if Khartoum does not comply with other demands such as handing over two suspects to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Williamson also suggested providing surface-to-air missiles to the government of South Sudan (GoSS) to protect the semi-autonomous South from retaliation by Khartoum.

The US has been the only country to label the Darfur conflict genocide and the Bush administration has been under intense domestic pressure to intervene.

Last February US President George W Bush has defended his decision not to send troops to the region despite strong domestic pressure.

“I had to make a seminal decision. And that is whether or not I would commit US troops into Darfur” Bush told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in an interview.

But many Darfur activists accused the Bush administration of refusing to take more forceful steps against Khartoum to avoid jeopardizing their intelligence cooperation.

US officials denied the allegations saying that the counterterrorism cooperation has not prevented Washington from taking the lead on the Darfur crisis.

The NYT said that the plans put forth by Williamson were blocked by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security adviser Stephen Hadley.

The report is likely to worry Khartoum which has last week praised Williamson for his knowledge of Sudan after the diplomat made a speech suggesting that the incoming Obama administration should test diplomatic options with Sudan before moving to “more robust steps.”

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  • 28 December 2008 08:46, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Your right Richard Williamson the lives of those African durfurian are not just like water. I thought that Bush was fighting for terrorism in arab world why not in Sudan. Anyway his days are numbered we will see from Obama. This al bashir uses Abyei oil to kill with Southerner when he was in tight relation with those durfuriana who were used as a tool to kill their fellow Southerner, and now SPLA/M are in control of Abeyi he is turning to benefit from durfur oil. Not a wise man who deseve a development by using that oil to developed with Sudan, but spend $$$$ billion on weapons to destroy with African idenetity, corruptess man with his entire arabs (al abite). You islamic arabs who believe in shria law and comrade for terrorism will one day regret your own fualt.

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    • 28 December 2008 09:45, by tayeb M. Alhassan

      Logic always humming around grumble about Arab Muslims charging them with extermination of back Africans in Sudan insisting to set Sudan on ethnic flames, while he knows the exact reasons of war in Darfur. It has nothing to do with Arabs or Islam in Darfur which 100% inhabited by muslims and Arabs or Arab-mixed are less than half of the population. Then who exterminates who?

      Refrain from false allegations and ethnic-complex addiction Logic and go to learn some politics for the sake of your self! because Sudan has something else to say.

      Extracting Iraq lessons, US threats against Sudan is not a good sign to all of Sudan and to already disturbed peace in Africa as well.

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      • 28 December 2008 10:24, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        You can deny any process of bringing peace to this country because you enjoy your sadistness of destryoing the African identity. See since the USA have been in control of terrorism in Iraq an Afghan, how good was the benefit of those countries, even those who were in poor conditons are now having access to some of the things which were denied for them. Like in Iraq christians have no power in any mean, but how i would suggest that there is a bit of freedom to some individuals not christains alone. If durfur has nothing to do with arabs, who are those militias who are carrying genocide and all other meants of crimes in Dufur? not your arabs been pressure by their leaders al bahir including those of Taha and etc wings. You deserve resources in Sudan and you look at African people as anything easy, because a man who is a terrorist (sadist) will always look at everyone as valueless. YOu may pretend to deny but the evidence are available at ICC and some on the ground of Durfur.

        I think you and your entire arabs need to learnt more, don’t point your finger at the right view.

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      • 28 December 2008 12:54, by cansellor

        Shit!!hassan.

        we learned it according to your comments that niether do you belong to durfurian people nor South Sudan. What do you mean by US threat again sudan is not a good thing? Are you the only idiot benefiting with the blood of durfurian people? If you are one of pro- khartoum JanJaweds. please try to clean your riffle’s barrel and get yourself ready. it ’s something that you with your monsters can not escape. and before that, don’t waste your time spying here. just find yourself a goat to fuck! This ’s an hostile website we do support US not only threat. but destruction can only bring changes to Sudan. Stop abusing Logic Boy alright?

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        • 29 December 2008 11:43, by tayeb M. Alhassan

          All of you have to understand that I am against any Sudanese being subject to injustice regardless of color, religion or ethnicity.

          Childish comments calling for action against Sudan by Logic or his associates will be of no value because the whole world knows the true reasons behind Darfur crisis. If even I am from Darfur or South Sudan I will not be in favor of any foreign military intervention against my country.

          I, personally, understand how much my grandfathers suffer to liberate Sudan from the Turkish-Anglo-Egyptian colonization during Mahady Great Revelation in 1885. I can’t come back to grind on what I did before more than 100 years ago and if the hypocrites of today invite any invaders I will be there for them as a descendent of a great Mahadist. You don’t understand what I am talking about!!!

          Don’t think you will be safe if American war planes or missiles targeted Sudan. You will get disappointed to know after alas that Darfur was at the tip of the invasion real motives. It wouldn’t for the sake of the Blacks beautiful eyes or against devil Arabs for America to invade Sudan! Iraqis, you are talking about already sacrificed 2 million innocent lives after invasion and death there is still raw with disregard of country disintegration. Moreover Don Quixote windmills and ghosts fighter Mr. Bush’s together with his hawks already shown heels to the main gate of the White House and President Obama is much wiser to go for your ugly option. He knows how to apply diplomatic pressure against fighting parties for peace settlement in Darfur.

          Darfur issue has nothing to do with ethnicities, NCP and oil revenues are something and SUDAN is something else. don’t let me call you idiots!!

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          • 30 December 2008 21:59, by Lomong Deng

            Don’t blame Logic boy, Northern Arabs once brought in foriegn troops to fight in South and we captured handleful of them but never complained. So, why not involved other foriegn troop now? You don’t really know root causes of Darfur problems because you are such a blinds you guys keep guessing Americans,British,West but none of the above. SPLA was fighting for the same thing. All of us including Darfuris are original Sudanese we never have other areas where we come from...is that misconceptions you have in the North? your grandfathers didn’t do shit in Sudan Mahdi ReV was supported largely by all Sudanese but quickly defeated Sudan gained its independence through negotiations not like the cases of many African countries. What you guys did after British left is not thing to celebrate,Systematic discrimination in Government,Developments and trash talks plus practice of slavery shouldn’t be denied and no one like it from descendants of these people. I don’t know you guys complains of Palestinians while you are doing the same.As long as policies never change so do the struggles of oppressed in Sudan
            Kuol

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  • 28 December 2008 09:54, by cansellor

    Thanks God you are there!!
    Amen!!

    mr williamson, Not all your works to be appreciate by the victims of NIF& NCP criminal regime. Because lives has already been lost. 3000 innocents people were killed and 2000,000 refugees force out of thier land fade their hope of US to help them spare their lives. But that ’s not the case, the real issue ’s the time it will take for the US to implement this kinds of intervention measures needed to rescue the lives of Dufurian people, because the more you applied them pressure, The more they kill. In a such circumstance I think it ’s better to make yourself ready before trying to applied pressure. The only decission to be highly appreciate, is the decission to give south Sudan air missile to defence itself. If you are really serious about this then it will be the only US successfull strategy to help both South Sudan and dufurian people for a longer term. because this strategy work in middle East where some raddical Islamic countries demanding to wipe off Israel in Middles East, but they can’t do it due to Israel tough security defence. Mr williamson never reverse your promise, it ’s the US duty to sprare human beeing again brutality

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    • 29 December 2008 09:37, by Lokorai

      Mr. Richardsons,

      You are just living in denial and only hypocrit out to show off that you are doing anything for the people of the Sudan. Was it not you who utter freebies or nice words for the NCP the other day in Khartoum? Saying one thing in Khartoum and another in Washington is double standard of the highest order and nothing will change your bad image in the world, whether you use proxy international courts, bomb Sudan or mere intimidatation.

      Bush has been categorical that he won’t use force or the like against Khartoum, please leave him alone to retire. Use force against North Korea and Iran first, jam their communication networks.

      Give Qatar initiatives a chance by encouraging rebels to join that talk; don’t hinder peace initiatives or process to peace, they are better than aggression or threats.

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      • 29 December 2008 12:05, by tayeb M. Alhassan

        Wiseman of the wisest Lakorai !!!

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        • 29 December 2008 15:47, by Moses Deng

          Alhassan
          I wonder where you have been for the last 21 years when Bashir’s Government opted for military action as the solution to the problem in the South instead of peace setlemet when you sound like a peace loving Sudanese?.

          How much money has been wasted on bombs which are used for killing civillians in Southern Sudan and now in Darfur by Bashir’s Regime and I have never ever seen your article condemning such atrocities against civillian population by Bashir’s brutal Governent to stop killing its own civillian population?.

          If you are really serious with what you are saying I mean if you believe in the dignity and right to life of all people at least you should support the indicement of Bashir by the International Court of Justice even if you don,t support military invasion, becuase of these atrocities against innocent civillians by his Regime.

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          • 30 December 2008 12:21, by tayeb M. Alhassan

            Dear Mr. Moses

            Since early eighties Sudan was staggering due to mismanagement, corruption, favoritism and politically wrong oriented policies. Since then as any Sudanese with common sense I have been discouraging that war in the South, literarily fully supporting war victim civilians and displaced arrived to Khartoum. It was 21 years in hell.

            This is not in defense of President Al-Basheer but we have to be courageous and fair enough to admit the truth. The war in the South broke out in 1983 and unfortunate Al-Basheer before being president inherited the inflaming war fronts. As a military man in command he has had to do his job until after his bloodless militarily coupe he was under strict control of the war responsible ideological hardliners group. He could not feel free until he managed to sack them all and go for peace to sign the CPA. We should highly credit him together with Late Dr. John Garang for that great national achievement. Al-Basheer whom you call for his arrest everyday you have to know that he is a (genuine sponsor party) of the CPA. Ask you attorney to explain this further more for you. I am sure when you come to know your wish dimensions you will not support Al-Basheer indictment.

            Darfuris have a great chance in Qatar few days to come. They don’t have to miss.

            SALAM!!

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