|Defiant Omar al-Bashir parades through a street in Darfur |
the referendum on the future of South Sudan looks rather different from its portrayal elsewhere. The looming partition of Sudan is not...the logical outcome of five decades of civil war. It is the fruition of a century-old Western ecclesiastical plot to close Islam’s gateway into Africa, and the start of a plan to break other Arab countries into feeble statelets so as to grab their riches."
Although most pundits hope that the referendum will proceed peacefully and all participants honor its verdict, it is hard to see how Bashir (frightened though he is by the war crimes charges) and his backers will go quietly into the night and allow South Sudan to begin building its state.