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Khartoum armament campaign is lethal to regional security


By Luk Kuth Dak

August 22, 2009 — It’s well established under nation-state conventional wisdom that any country has the right to acquire and develop weapons as long as they are for peaceful use and self defense purposes. It is therefore self evident that the behavior of Khartoum acquiring massive armament is viewed as ill-intention. The overly military spending by Khartoum regime is nothing but a spiritual doom.

Late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. puts best: he stressed, "A nation (country) that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on social programs is approaching its spiritual doom." This statement describes Khartoum military spending spree.

On the 55th anniversary of the so-called Sudan Armed Forces, the embattled Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir unsurprisingly announced that his regime will continue to do all that it takes to make the Sudan Armed Forces one of the best in Africa. He went on to hail the manufacture of war planes and weapons Africa has never seen before. Al-Bashir pointed out, "We will develop these institutions so that they assemble all the equipment required by the Armed Forces," he said.

A couple of moths ago, it was revealed that Sudan has, indeed, acquired some high-tech weapons from the communist China, capable of reaching all the neighboring countries without exception. Ironically, those neighboring countries which include Egypt have remained stoic and never raise an eye brow as to why the Islamic National Front’s (INF/NCP) regime continues to pursue military supremacy with such magnitude, especially in peacetime with out an overt enemy.

Their silence however, remained a mystery. But again, they maybe thinking that the long-range weapons are aimed at South Sudan alone, and therefore, they shouldn’t be concerning themselves with it. Well, that theory has some meat on it because over the course of the two decades long civil war, South Sudan has become a traditional and an eminent adversary.

Having said that, I do not really know much about the military affairs, even though am a trained Sheriff (prisons officer). But I can tell you this: If in fact that’s the case, then they are dead wrong. The truth of the matter is that, the INF regime cannot possibly be squandering all the resources it desperately needed in enriching themselves, for just a possibility of a return to war with South Sudan, in the event that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement CPA) comes to a dead end. It’s downrightly clear that the regime has far more targets besides the "tiny" South Sudan. It’s therefore essential for (them) to rethink their position, before it’s too late.

Subsequently, it stood out to me that the Darfur rebel groups did not umbrage INF/ NCP armament. They are acting as if it does not concern them in some way or another. Instead, they are busy rushing to their tryst in Doha and Tripoli, for negotiations with the very Arabs that are funding the Sudan armament campaign after all.

Now, the international community and, indeed, all peace loving nations, have a moral responsibility to see to it that the communist China adheres to international laws by refraining from arms sales to Sudan, a country well on top of the list of the countries who harbor and export terrorism all across the board. In all likelihood, if the terrorist regime of Islamic extremists is allowed to acquire weapon of mass-destruction (which might end up in the hands of the bad guys, the likes of al Qaida). It would be lethal not only to peace and prosperity in Africa, but the world at large, literally.

Egypt, in particular, should be the one to worry the most. It should not buy into the relatively and momentarily calmness in its relations with the INF regime. It must keep in mind that, the INF refers to their presence in Halaib as an "occupation" of Sudan’s land. Therefore, the calmness in relations between the two neighboring countries is only a tactical plot to lure Egypt into helping al Basher with his out-standing warrant. But once the regime has accomplished its military supremacy (which is not far too long down the road), the dispute over the border will most likely resurface, and at that time, it would be too late. After all, Egyptians must be mindful that these are the same elements who have orchestrated and carried out the plot to assassinate President Mubarak in Ethiopian capital, Addis- Ababa.

Even more so, Eritrea and Ethiopia (today’s friends of the INF), could be next on the list once the INF becomes the Africa’s "superman" (just around the corner).Both countries should be very concerned with their own pending border issues with a military supper power next door. So they should try to work with the United Nations to see to it that China is held accountable for violating international laws banding arms sales to terrorist states of the like of Sudan under the INF regime, as well as the execution of the arrest warren on President al Basher.

Consequently, nothing could be further from truth, the assumption our neighbors have that INF military weapons’ pile up is South Sudan’s problem alone. But if so, at least South Sudan South Sudan has an advantage over all the other Sudan’s neighbors, in the sense that it has an enormous experience having been at war with the INF for over two decades. And furthermore, South Sudan is truly blessed with Mother Nature that alone scares the "hell" out of the Islamic jihadists.

Make no mistake about it. South Sudan still has some enemies, even from within, and they are still plotting for our destruction when and wherever they can. The war is not over until it’s over, as Plato once said: "Only the dead have seen the end of war."

I pray that we aren’t caught up fighting among ourselves that we forget to be even more vigilant than ever before. In another context, those who are supporting the INF armament campaign, including China, must be told- bluntly- that they are enemies of peace and stability in Sudan, particularly as far as the Darfur, the Nuba Mountains and South Sudan citizens are concerned.

Luk Kuth Dak is a former anchorman and Sudan Tribune contributor. He can be reached at: lukedak@live.com.

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  • 23 August 2009 10:56, by Sudanese only

    Good article but shows that South Sudan is afraid of the North even though exaclty the same has been going on in Juba !
    What about the Ukrainian battle tanks which had been hijacked by the Somali pirates and shown to the world? Is that not armament? Even though the SOuth is ow suffering a famine? Would that money not have been better used buying food and helping farmers?
    Look out for Dr. Martin Luther King’s prophecy coming true in the South first !

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    • 23 August 2009 13:43, by Freedom Fighter

      Firstly, the comment made above should be given a boot because it was posted by an Al-qaida member.
      Second, I agree with the author that the Islamists government in Khartoum is extremely dangerous, and it is a threat to the peace and stability not only within the Sudan, but also to the nebhoring countries as well. The threat it posts to the neighboring countries, especially the African countries can be clearly seen in its past attempt to invade Uganda in 1994 and their unlimited support for the LRA, its past and current support for Islamic terrorist groups in Kenya, Eriteria, and Ethiopia. Also, they are currently supporting an Al-qaida affiliate group in Somalia (Shabab Almujihdeen). The peace agreement CPA they signed with the South in 2005 was only a tactical move on their side. They were afraid of the US war on terror, and of course they were afraid of Dr. Garang who was about to squeeze them up in the neck. Africans should take this article seriously.

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  • 23 August 2009 12:22, by Akol Liai Mager

    Dear Brother Luke,

    There is no doubt that NIF has looted enough resources of South Sudan to arm herself to-teeth. But I would like to assure you that; if you have right in your hand you have a better weapon than the enemy who posses only lethal weapons and lies.

    The good examples are; the former USSR and Yoguslavia Republics were both weapons manufacturers, they used those weapons to threat the peace of the regions, the world and even against their own civilians just as NIF is doing, but people uprisings armed with truth and rights defeated them and they are gone for good.

    Saddam Hussein armed himself to teeth, he used mass distruction weapons against Kurds as did by NIF against ennocent civilians in S.Blue Nile, S.Kordofan and now in Darfur, Saddam used lethal arms to invade a peacefull Emirate of Kuwait, but where is he now?

    I understand that these NIF weapons are threat to the Sudanese, the region and international peace, but NIF and Old Sudan will be defeated will join RSSR, Yoguslavia and their communist regimes.

    It is good to make peace-loving Sudanese people to be aware of NIF evils.

    Keep advocating for changes, knock all doors and Sudanese people will respond very soon in April 2010.

    Lubna Troussers is the Sudanese atomic bomb in the hand of Uprising forces.

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  • 24 August 2009 03:53, by Deng

    That’s a very superb writing and insightfulness. The issue of armament will cause arms race in North Africa if not whole Africa. Kenya and Niger are talking behind close door to address that. Hope they can put e-brake on Beshir

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    • 24 August 2009 09:38, by Michael Madit Magot

      Luke Dak,

      I would like to thank you for your professional article.
      As you precisely described the NCP is making a hidden progress in proliferation of weapon.
      Purposely these are pursued in the view of using them against the Southerners should the CPA fail.
      As a result our people should be prepared to counter any challenge militarily.

      Thanks for producing such sage article. Keep writing!

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      • 24 August 2009 16:04, by Luk K Dak

        Michael Madit,

        Thank you! Readers like yourself, are after all, the real reason those of us take the time to write.

        Everyone needs a word of encouragement, evry now and then.

        I appreciate your comments, sir.

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        • 24 August 2009 18:58, by Santo Deng


          This is a well thought-out article! Keep up the good work by continuing to expose the treacherous plans of the NIF/NCP.

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          • 26 August 2009 04:59, by Alier Mareet

            Thank you Mr. Luke for your well-detailed article. It is very informative and educative to the open minded and patriotic individuals who are not blinded by the hatred and jealousy of few successful ones. I do encourage you with other journalists who pay close attention to the national threat and the destiny the southerners. There is no wrong with pointing out the weaknesses of our GOSS leaders however, it’s crucial to offer the solutions or suggestions to them although they keep denying their misrule. Personally, I normally read articles that reflect the national priorities than opinionated articles that fuel tribal conflicts among southerners.
            Keep posting yours and you will be joined by the nationalists who would love to die poor than bribed or hired by the NIF to do outrageous things to their fellow southerners.

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