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Chemical Attack? (TROPô using WMD in Sudan?)
The Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2004 | David W. Jones

Posted on 08/21/2004 10:30:59 PM PDT by quidnunc

There was something curiously understated about the report of an apparent chemical attack on villagers in the Sudanese province of Darfur, which ran on Tuesday's front page.

For one thing, the word "chemical" was never used by any of the villagers. They simply described in matter-of-fact terms how one day, instead of the usual bombs, the planes dropped plastic sacks filled with a flourlike substance that made them sick and killed their livestock.

"I came across the story just talking to the villagers in Shegek Karo about their experiences during the bombing," reporter Levon Sevunts explained in a subsequent e-mail.

"They didn't even realize what they were telling me was extremely important. For them, it was just another of many ways the Sudanese government had tried to kill them."

Mr. Sevunt's report was the first we had seen since the Darfur story broke into the headlines this year to suggest the Sudanese were using chemical weapons in the conflict.

That made it a big story, but also one on which we wanted to be very careful of our facts — especially because Mr. Sevunts, a freelance correspondent in the region for the Toronto Star, had filed to us only a couple of times before.

But the innocent quality of the villagers' stories gave the story the ring of truth, and we were impressed by the fact that Mr. Sevunts had carefully avoided making any unsubstantiated charges. He simply recounted the stories the villagers had told him.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: sudan
Villagers in Sudan Describe Poisoning

Shegek Karo, Sudan – Inhabitants of this picturesque village in the Darfur region of western Sudan said the Sudanese air force sprayed them with a strange powder in an attack in May that killed two villagers and dozens of cattle.

Another bomb, dropped by a jet fighter on the same day, produced a poisonous smoke that injured about 50 villagers on the other side of the village, the villagers said.

A Sudanese air force Antonov plane dropped several rectangular plastic sacks containing a white, flourlike powder on a wadi — a dry riverbed — in the lower part of the village, they said.

"This is the first time I'm hearing about this," a spokeswoman for Ambassador Khidir Haroun Ahmed said. She promised the embassy would look into the matter.

A major humanitarian crisis has unfolded as the government and allied Arab militia groups battle rebel movements in the impoverished Darfur region. The United States and United Nations have criticized Khartoum over its failure to protect civilians in the contested region.

Suleiman Jamous, humanitarian coordinator with the Sudanese Liberation Movement, the political arm of the anti-government Sudanese Liberation Army, said the May incident followed other reports of strange substances that kill livestock.

"Almost every village in this area has been affected," Mr. Jamous said. "Animals die every day because they eat something that leaked out of bombs dropped by the Sudanese army."

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(Levon Sevunts in The Washington Times, August 17, 2004)
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1 posted on 08/21/2004 10:30:59 PM PDT by quidnunc
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To: Salvation; NYer; Romulus; Askel5; Dajjal; Siobhan; maryz; ELS; sandyeggo; Marcellinus; ...

Sudan ping


2 posted on 08/21/2004 11:13:11 PM PDT by Maeve (Wild winds from Donegal ....)
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To: Maeve

OK - any theories on what the toxin is, and did we sell it to them? And exactly who is "they".....are these Sudanese govt aircraft? If not from where.....

And who is paying for this? War, terror - or what ever you want to call it - is not cheap. Supplies cost money. Men must be trained, paid, fed, clothed, etc.

Also, wasn't it the Christian (Catholic) population of Sudan which was mostly under fire?


3 posted on 08/21/2004 11:29:18 PM PDT by thor76 (Ave Maria Assumpta! Mediatrix of all graces & Co-Redemptrix of Mankind!)
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To: thor76
"OK - any theories on what the toxin is, and did we sell it to them? And exactly who is "they".....are these Sudanese govt aircraft? If not from where.....

And who is paying for this? War, terror - or what ever you want to call it - is not cheap. Supplies cost money. Men must be trained, paid, fed, clothed, etc.

Also, wasn't it the Christian (Catholic) population of Sudan which was mostly under fire?"

Oil is the currency for the Sudan Government. Most of it I understand comes from West Dafur region which is were the current rebellion is occurring. The rebels cut off some of the pipelines, thus hurting the Sudanese war to the south. So the Sudan had to stop fighting in the south and turn to the West. The Christians you ask about are in the south with the Animalist. The West are primarily African Muslims. While the Government is made up of mostly Arab Muslims. At least that is my understanding. Also I thought the Christians in Egypt/Sudan were Coptic. Correct me if I am wrong.
4 posted on 08/22/2004 12:00:18 AM PDT by neb52
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To: neb52

You may know more about the geopgraphy of that nation then I do! I feel embarrassed - I was a history/social sciences major.

I think you are right bout the locations of the oil fields.
Also, I think you are right about the Arab vs African Muslims - that is probably a source of racial conflict there.

You are quite correct that Egyptian Christians are usually Coptic Orthodox, one of the oldest churches around. There are not that many of them, compared to muslims in the region. And there are very few Roman (Latin Rite) Catholics at all.

In Sudan, there is a mix of Coptic and Latin Rite Catholics. They are African (rather then of Arab ethnicity). There has been tremendous strife, bloodshed of muslims vs Christians in the area. Christians have been literally butchered, wholesale. In some cases, whole villages have been liquidated for being Christian.

While we sit at ease in our living rooms,or smoozing listening to Father Liberal blather from the pulpit on Sunday, these people are being slaughtered for their faith.

It is one of many areas in the Third World where there is a "quiet" persecution. "Quiet" because the news media conveniently ignores ordownplays it.


5 posted on 08/22/2004 12:15:49 AM PDT by thor76 (Ave Maria Assumpta! Mediatrix of all graces & Co-Redemptrix of Mankind!)
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To: Maeve

thanks for the ping.
Whee are our great Intel people who should know about the details in this story.


6 posted on 08/22/2004 6:16:19 AM PDT by chatham
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To: quidnunc

Wasn't there speculation a few months ago that Iraqi WMD went to Syria and from there to Sudan who had always worked closely with Iraq? Somebody may have more on this but I do remember this pretty good.


7 posted on 08/22/2004 6:39:34 AM PDT by Dr Snide (vis pacem, para bellum - Prepare for war if you want peace)
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To: Maeve

Thanks for the ping!


8 posted on 08/22/2004 7:39:23 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: quidnunc
This article has been posted to DoctorZin’s New News Blog!


9 posted on 08/22/2004 9:09:06 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: neb52; thor76
Also, wasn't it the Christian (Catholic) population of Sudan which was mostly under fire?

The Christian population in the Sudan -- the majority are Catholic and African and live in the middle and South. The minority are Anglican and African and live in the middle and South. Catholic and Anglican Sudanese are equally brutalized, tortured etc. by the Arabizing Muslim Sudanese governemtn.

There are pockets of Christians in dire circumstances elsewhere in the country, including Copts (who are not black but are Egyptian by ancient ancestry).

10 posted on 08/22/2004 1:56:17 PM PDT by Maeve (Wild winds from Donegal ....)
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To: thor76
Also, wasn't it the Christian (Catholic) population of Sudan which was mostly under fire?

Nope. It's Arab Muslims carrying out a genocide against defenseless black Muslims.

11 posted on 08/22/2004 1:57:42 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: quidnunc

BTTT


12 posted on 08/22/2004 2:00:10 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: quidnunc

BTTT


13 posted on 08/22/2004 2:04:27 PM PDT by spodefly (This post meets the minimum daily requirements for cynicism and irony.)
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To: quidnunc

BTTT


14 posted on 08/22/2004 2:34:10 PM PDT by sc2_ct (This is the way the world ends... not with a bang but a whimper)
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To: quidnunc

i heard a snip of this on the radio today - O"Reilly? Rush?Ingraham? not sure who...

must get more info...

there was the news out in January and April about WMB scuds being moved from Syria...


15 posted on 09/16/2004 5:38:53 PM PDT by bitt ("I'm Mad as Zell, and I'm Not Going to Take It Anymore." (CongressmanBillybob))
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