January 5, 2012

ALONG THE AXIS OF GOOD:

South Sudan, Israel's New Ally : Time to lay the foundations for successful statehood. (Daniel Pipes, 1/04/12, National Review) 

It's not every day that the leader of a brand-new country makes his maiden foreign voyage to Jerusalem, capital of the most besieged country in the world -- but Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan, accompanied by his foreign and defense ministers, did just that in late December. Israel's president, Shimon Peres, hailed his visit as a "moving and historic moment." The visit spurred talk of South Sudan's locating its embassy in Jerusalem, which would make it the only government anywhere in the world to do so. [...]

Starting in the mid-1990s, John Eibner of Christian Solidarity International redeemed tens of thousands of slaves in Sudan while Charles Jacobs of the American Anti-Slavery Group led a "Sudan Campaign" in the United States that brought together a wide coalition of organizations. As all Americans abhor slavery, the abolitionists formed a unique alliance of left and right, including Barney Frank and Sam Brownback, the Congressional Black Caucus and Pat Robertson, black pastors and white Evangelicals. In contrast, Louis Farrakhan was exposed and embarrassed by his attempts to deny slavery's existence in Sudan.

The abolitionist effort culminated in 2005, when the George W. Bush administration pressured Khartoum to sign the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended the war and gave southerners a chance to vote for independence. They enthusiastically did so in January 2011, when 98 percent voted for secession from Sudan, leading to the formation of the Republic of South Sudan six months later, an event hailed by Israel's Peres as "a milestone in the history of the Middle East."

Thanks, W.

Posted by at January 5, 2012 6:35 AM
  

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