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Sudan and Darfur
"It's all right to feel sorry for the suffering people in Darfur, to send them food and medical supplies, but we should know by now that our soldiers would be welcome as liberators for about one week, and after that, they'll be Infidels and crusaders soiling the sacred land of Islam."
-- from a reader commenting on this post
The reader has ignored two things.
First, the black African Muslims of Darfur have been on the receiving end of Arab Muslim supremacism, expressed in terms that would make David Duke blush, and murderous behavior that would make Johannes von Leer proud. They know they must identify themselves, think of themselves, as "Muslims" but beyond that, a number of Darfurian refugees in the West, in their willingness to listen to Christian missionaries, suggest that the commitment of black Africans in Darfur to Islam is not unwavering -- and why should it be, after what they have endured at the hands of Arab Muslims, or those who think of themselves as Arab Muslims? These black Africans are very different from the meretricious and grasping Sunni and Shi'a Arabs playing the Americans for all they are worth, and exhibiting not the slightest real or permanent gratitude.
Second, the humanitarian mission is not confined to Darfur but should also, and necessarily, for logistic reasons, must, include the southern Sudan, which also is peopled by black Africans who are, however, not Muslims but Christians and animists. And the two groups have more in common, or can be made to feel more in common, as the common recipients of murderous treatment at the hands of Muslim Arabs.
What could be better, what more intelligent a use of American power -- and not very much power -- than a mission that, no one save the Arab League can deny, has great and obvious humanitarian goals? And at the same time, such a mission will be geopolitically astute, for it will clearly signal the American or even, possibly, the Western will to halt the steady advance of Islam down through East Africa. Egypt has only pretended to be serving as a brake on the behavior of the Sudanese government, just enough fakery to satisfy the ever-credulous American officials who cannot quite see Egypt as the malevolent force it is (it's much the same game with Egypt's supposed usefulness in putting pressure on the "Palestinians"). Egypt's Muslims, and other Arabs, are delighted that over the past half-century they have steadily islamized, largely through murder and deliberate starvation, so much of the Sudan, so that its demographic makeup has changed, and Egypt looks beyond Sudan to Ethiopia, the famous Christian kingdom, and its steady demographic changes in favor of local Muslims, and of course the coming Water Wars in East Africa, in which Egypt will try to prevent Ethiopia from diverting any of the headwaters of the Nile (a river to which Egypt lays virtual claim, from its debouchment at the delta in Alexandria, all the way back beyond the fifth, the sixth, the seventh cataracts, all the way to its source in the lakes, that old-fashioned African couple named Victoria and Albert Nyanza. Calling a halt to this, in such a way that cannot be convincingly opposed -- unless the Arabs claim a divine right to continue persecuting and murdering black Africans, which might be a little hard even for the BBC and The Guardian to swallow (though don't worry -- they'll do their unlevel best to make the Arab Muslim case) -- could be a significant measure.
It would drive Bin Laden, and Al-Qaradawi, and the Sheik al-Azhar, and all the Arabs mad. And it would rip the veil from Islam a little bit more, exposing it as merely a vehicle for Arab imperialism. And that will be useful among the Berbers in both North Africa and in France. It will be useful as far away as Indonesia. And in the Infidel lands, it can be a source of great discomfort among Muslim missionaries now carefully conducting their Da'wa, virtually unopposed, among black prisoners, and other minorities whom those Da'wa campaigners have targetted for their efforts.
Think of that "country Muslim from Norfolk, Virginia" Mahdi Bray. He'd have a little explaining to do, wouldn't he, if he chose to denounce an American effort to rescue black Africans from Arab Muslims in the Sudan?