The potential balkanisation of Sudan and the role of meddlers http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/74498
Ethiopia is jockeying to take advantage of the violence in Abeyei by offering ‘peacekeeping’ forces, which Hilary Clinton has already endorsed and perhaps even very strongly recommended. It was reported, ‘US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...endorsed the idea of a peacekeeping force in Sudan's disputed Abyei region and encouraged both sides to take up an Ethiopian offer of troops.’ This proposal is alarming since it will surely complicate matters even more and must be discouraged by those who seek peace for Sudan and the region. Ethiopia’s motives are undoubtedly complex. The record of Ethiopian involvement in neighbouring Somalia can serve as a useful lesson. Ethiopian intervention in Somalia is one of the reasons for the increased violence and the dysfunctional state of affairs in that country.
The West's selective condemnation of dictators only complicates things for Africans and peaceful resolution of their conflicts. Overlapping convulsions of ethnic and state-sponsored massacre have been occurring against the Anuaks, in Oromia and the Ogaden within Ethiopia, without a word of acknowledgement from Washington. Successive American administrations protest with righteous indignation regarding atrocities in Sudan; nevertheless, massacres of farmers and civilians in Ethiopia have been unfolding without a murmur of complaint.
The eagerness of Zenawi to involve himself in South Sudan, as well as the quick endorsement by Hilary Clinton, can be seen as a scramble for oil by a trusted client of the West to control this vital resource. Ethiopia has more practical reasons for wanting to lead a ‘peacekeeping’ mission in Sudan. The US cuts Ethiopia a lot of slack. It is able to get away with bogus elections. It is the largest recipient of aid in sub-Saharan Africa, and it is able to ignore an international ruling with impunity. The irony of utilising Ethiopia as a peacekeeper in the border conflict in Sudan must not be lost. Ethiopia itself is in violation of an (ICJ) ruling which requires it to demarcate its border with Eritrea. Ethiopia is sitting in its own Abyei, a border region called Badme, which the ICJ determined to be an Eritrean territory.
[WOW IMAGINE MY SURPRISE NOT READING ANY MENTION OF ISRAELI ROLE IN SOUTHERN SUDAN....SMH ALSO SEE..Sudan: ‘America’s new war for Israel’ http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2011/06/sudan-americas-new-war-for-israel.html Jordan: Israelis confessed to arming Sudanese rebels http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2005/af_sudan_01_05.html
*****The Israeli connection: who Israel arms and why By Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi http://tinyurl.com/6a2hb6d Israel eyes southern Sudan http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/3496/World/Region/Israel-eyes-southern-Sudan.aspx Israel's secret role in Sudan http://www.ugandarecord.co.ug/index.php?issue=74&article=891&seo=Israel's%20secret%20role%20in%20Sudan