Michael Kevane, on the prospects for a Sudanese peace deal:
” At some point in the next year, the Sudanese public and the world community will be presented with a “deal”, and every person concerned will have to ask whether the deal is an attempt to hoodwink the most marginalized and preserve the positions of power and wealth enjoyed by the few.”
He has some guesses about what those “few” will say to get everyone else to go along with their deal, too:
- “This is the last chance. If this deal is not accepted, the future will be far worse.”
- “This is the only deal possible. Either this deal is accepted or there will be no deal.”
- “This deal is a reasonable compromise, good enough for everyone.”
Because no people’s movement can succeed without a really smashing accessory, Kevane has a fab suggestion for how to jazz up the resistance: arm thingies!!!
“So I only have one piece of advice for that Sudanese public. Get some of those arm things that are used by civil disobedience demonstrators everywhere in the world. Store them at Lubna Hussein’s house, and break them out when the “deal” is announced and it doesnt contain four things:
1- Robust demobilization of NCP/SAF armed proxies in Darfur, permitting IDPs to return in security or stay in camps in security.
2- Stiff sanctions against NCP for violations of normal press freedoms and freedom of assembly.
3- Very aggressive international monitoring of elections, voter registration and referendum, enabling international backup if processes are tampered with.
4- Oil revenues into a transparent account, and out of the hands of military”
But Michael, where can the people GET themselves some arm thingies? As we all know, protester-arm-thingies are but one of the many things in which Africa is lacking. Obviously, some saintly soul must undertake Operation Thing Those Arms, Baby! (“ATTAB!”), and conduct a daring air-drop mission to deliver these vital goods to downbeaten Darfuris and subjugated South Sudanese.
Clooney? Kristof? Anyone listening?
Hat tip: Michelle.