NYT: In Tape, Bin Laden Urges Fighters to Sudan

23 Apr

Thanks to Philo from Emboldened for his comment on my last post; the comment and links are posted below.

"Well it looks like Osama bin Laden has now said more about the genocide in Darfur than George W. Bush."

A three-year conflict between Darfur’s rebels and the Arab-dominated central government has caused about 180,000 deaths — most from disease and hunger — and displaced 2 million people. The United Nations has described the conflict as the world’s gravest humanitarian crisis. The United States has described it as genocide. Negotiators are trying to broker a peace deal between warring factions by an April 30 deadline. Members of the African Union have agreed in principle to hand over peacekeeping duties to the United Nations beginning Sept. 30. ‘’I call on mujahedeen and their supporters, especially in Sudan and the Arab peninsula, to prepare for long war again the crusader plunderers in Western Sudan. Our goal is not defending the Khartoum government but to defend Islam, its land and its people,'’ bin Laden purportedly said. ‘’I urge holy warriors to be acquainted with the land and the tribes in Darfur.'’

"Hey, at least he’s mentioned Darfur exists. I guess that’s something Bush can aspire to."


Posted by on April 23, 2006 in The Sudan


4 responses to “NYT: In Tape, Bin Laden Urges Fighters to Sudan

  1. jacob

    April 23, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    That is pretty scary when you come to think of it.
    Thanks for posting those pages with a brief synopsis.

  2. jake

    April 23, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    I linked you at lj.

    Nice read witch girl.

    I told you there is some mild activity on this here.

    The osama thing may be the thing that gets their asses moving who knows.

  3. shayna

    April 23, 2006 at 8:54 pm

    You know… maybe this will get the ball rolling. It’s easy to sweep horrors like this under the rug. You are doing a good thing of making us more aware of the Darfur situation.

  4. cooper

    April 23, 2006 at 10:07 pm

    thanks jake and jacob.
    Shayna, there are actually a lot of blogs out there that do the same thing starting with the which is probably the most comprehensive single issue blog around.
    Sadly it has taken the public a much longer time to become aware of this whole pathetic humanitarian crisis than it would seem possible in this day and age, so the way I look at it is the more the merrier and if one person learns about it that did not know of it before, and if one person starts to do something so much the better.


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