Saturday, February 02, 2008


For three years, the world has been ignoring or refusing to confront some of the originators of the war in Darfur, namely General Idriss Deby Itno of Chad and part of his Zaghawa tribe. Everybody knows that he is behind the rebel groups fighting in Darfur. Everybody knows that he is funding them and providing all the material, military and logistical support to factions like the Justice and Equality Movement lead by Dr. Khalil Ibrahim or the Sudan Liberation Movement via his older brother Daoussa Deby Itno and General Mahamat Ali Abdallah Nassour. Why this silent complicity with the Chadian regime? Does it come down to oil again? It’s time for the world not only to confront General Al-Bashir but also get tough on General Deby who is a big chunk on the problem.

As Minni Minnawi Arkou, one of the leaders of the Darfur rebellion who signed the Abuja agreement, now advisor to President Al-Bashir said during a meeting with President Bush a few months ago, ”as long as General Idriss Deby Itno of Chad will remain in power, there will be no peace neither in the Darfur nor in Chad.” This is exactly what is happening today. General Idriss Deby Itno is now arming and paying Arab tribes on the border with Sudan to go on a rampage killing Chadian civilians from other ethnic groups in order to blame the Sudanese government and its Janjaweed militias.

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