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October 22, 2003

Peace in Sudan?

Two decades later, and over 1.5 million dead, peace might be coming to Sudan. Renewed interest from Washington, an engaged Colin Powell, and a more direct diplomacy have helped move the rebels and the ruling government closer to a peace plan.

This is no mere good deed; this stems directly from the US war on terror. As with the cold war, the war on terror involves everything from gentle diplomacy to armed conflict. In the Sudan, US pressure and political involvement helped to create the climate for a possible cessation of conflict--and this sort of success should give hope to those who believe that every battle in the war on terror will end up looking like Afghanistan or Iraq.

What it won't do is bolster America's image with those who believe that the only reason this administration will become interested in a nation is its oil reserves. There is no doubting that it serves America's best interests to have a solid, secure government that is on friendly terms.

Not only will that help to ensure another flow of oil, but it could help destroy a training ground for terrorists. The Islamic fundamentalists that operate in the area, with some level of tolerance from the government, should find themselves in a very new situation come the new year.

This is, potentially, one of the quiet victories for America's war on terror; it is also, potentially, a great change for the Sudan. Peace is a long time coming, and the horrors of 1.5 million dead can't be erased. The end of this war can only be a good thing.

Read the story.

Posted by zombyboy at October 22, 2003 10:52 PM
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