South Sudan: US Empire Stirs Violent Brew Of Blood & Oil As China Threatens Western Hegemony

The entire history of South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, is one of greed, blood and death. Sadly, this is all too common in Africa, where the U.S.-NATO Empire must always have the last laugh.
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    EW YORK — (Analysis) The ongoing civil war in South Sudan has left at least 50,000 dead and nearly 3 million displaced. While incidents of rape, torture, and bloodshed ebb and flow with the tides of war, the conflict, and especially its political context, remains little understood in the mainstream media.

    Indeed, the war in South Sudan has been flung down the memory hole with the typical neo-colonial disregard for the African continent and its people that has been the hallmark of Western imperial policy (and Western consciousness) there for the past five centuries.

    As Western leaders wax poetic about the need for humanitarian assistance, mediation, and all the other buzzwords of allegedly human rights-centered foreign policy, they deliberately obscure and distort their own complicity in the creation and proliferation of a war meant to prevent a rising China and other non-Western nations from securing oil contracts and other vital economic arrangements. And while the political establishment and its public relations appendages in the corporate media provide some window into the chaos in South Sudan, they do so without the context necessary for their audiences to truly understand the issue.

    Put simply, the corporate media, along with the think tanks and other organs of Western foreign policy thought, have whitewashed the simple and incontrovertible fact that the war in South Sudan is a creation of Washington and its allies, a weapon wielded in an asymmetrical geopolitical and strategic war with China in Africa.


    Why a war in South Sudan?

    On the surface, the civil war in South Sudan seems to be a straightforward power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar. However, as with all conflicts in Africa, the truth is far more complex and rooted in neo-colonial interests on the continent. In this case, South Sudan is merely the latest victim of the curse of oil–that sad reality that countries with oil resources are always going to be targets for the U.S.-NATO Empire. This is doubly true in this case, considering the centrality of the Sudan region to China’s long-term ambitions both on the continent and globally.

    It is no secret that the last decade has seen a monumental expansion of Chinese investment throughout Africa. As Professor Deborah Brautigam, the world’s leading expert on Chinese engagement and investment in Africa, noted in her 2013 report “Chinese Investment in Africa:”

    “Chinese imports and exports, outbound investment aid, and export finance are all sharply on the rise. For example, trade between China and Africa rose from $10 billion in 2000 to $166.3 billion in 2011. … [In 2012] Chinese leaders announced a goal of $20 billion in finance to African countries by the year 2015. If carried out, an average of between $6 and $7 billion would flow to Africa per year, most likely on a non-concessional basis.”

    Brautigam’s numbers illustrate the fact that China is rapidly challenging U.S. economic hegemony in Africa. Having invested in a variety of sectors from mining and oil, to telecommunications and banking, China has made itself into a viable alternative to U.S., World Bank, and IMF investment and aid. Naturally, this has upset the political and corporate establishment in the United States, which view China as a threat to their power.

    And perhaps nowhere is China’s African engagement strategy more apparent than in the Sudan.

    Indeed, by 2011, when the United States and its allies ultimately divided the nation of Sudan in two, with the oil resources having been incorporated into the new South Sudan, Sudan had become essential to China’s investment and economic development. In fact, Sudan accounted for 8 percent of China’s total oil imports (China being the recipient of a whopping 78 percent of total Sudanese exports). This makes it quite clear that any attempt to divide Sudan into two countries was a de facto attempt to deprive China of a principal trading partner.

    And with the 2011 partition of Sudan and the creation of the independent nation of South Sudan, Washington and its allies believed they had dealt a serious blow to Beijing’s aspirations in Africa. But this was not to be, as Beijing moved quickly to establish important economic ties with the newly constituted South Sudanese government under President Kiir.

    Since 2011, Beijing has entrenched itself as the dominant trading partner and economic benefactor behind South Sudan, with tens of billions invested, especially in the oil sector.

    Further, China has committed a significant contingent of troops as peacekeepers in South Sudan as Beijing tries to hold together the fragmented nation. Essentially, South Sudan represents a significant escalation in China’s projection of soft power in Africa amid Beijing’s efforts to elevate itself to the status of a global superpower capable of investment of both economic and, increasingly, political capital.

    In many ways, Sudan and South Sudan have become principal footholds for the Chinese in Africa and, as such, the United States and its allies are necessarily unleashing chaos as a weapon, as they have countless times before all over Africa and beyond.


    A covert war waged by the US-NATO Empire

    The reality of the civil war in South Sudan is sheer brutality. From rapes and kidnapping to wholesale slaughter carried out in the name of “armed resistance,” it seems that wherever U.S. foreign policy’s tentacles reach, chaos and death are sure to follow.

    U.S. diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks reveal that Riek Machar, the former vice president under Kiir who is now leading the Kiir opposition, has been involved in multiple attempts to usurp control of South Sudan, dating back to at least 2006 when his faction was ousted from power by now-President Kiir and his Government of South Sudan. The fact that Kiir is today racking up frequent flyer miles between Juba and Beijing points to a rather obvious motive for the United States and its allies to bring about regime change. Considering the long and bloody history of U.S.-backed “rebel” leaders waging civil wars in Africa, this one could last years, with countless dead piling up on all sides.

    The CIA is undoubtedly involved up to its eyeballs in this conflict, but the agency is not alone. It is an open secret that Israeli intelligence, and the apartheid state of Israel generally, is deeply entwined in the killing in South Sudan and has been for more than 20 years. Consider the March 1994 discovery of a cargo plane load of weapons from Israel, bound for Uganda, with the weapons destined for the killing fields of Sudan. That was 23 years ago, so what is Tel Aviv up to in recent years? Nothing good.

    In fact, recent years have seen countless reports of Israeli arms trafficking into the war zone in South Sudan. There is, of course, the rather damning U.N. report which concluded that Israeli weapons–and, by extension, Tel Aviv–are directly involved in fueling the war. Consider also the use of infrastructure and humanitarian aid as cover for militarization and arms sales by Israel, such as the 2012 deal to allegedly build desalination, irrigation, water transport and purification infrastructure. This sounds nice, except for the fact that it was Israel Military Industries Ltd., a weapons manufacturer, which signed the deals, not the official, relevant Israeli government ministry.

    Just as the violence was just beginning in 2012, Israeli media also reported that Israeli aircraft loaded with missiles were seen landing nightly in South Sudan. Seeing as how arming combatants in a civil war is a war crime, Israel should, in theory, have to answer for this. Of course, with the United States doing precisely the same thing all over the world, it’s unlikely that Israel has much to worry about.

    The Israeli state has consistently intervened in Sudan, alleging that it’s part of an arms smuggling network to Gaza. While the veracity of that assertion is questionable, what is documented fact is that Israel has repeatedly broken international law by bombing sovereign Sudanese soil. Essentially, Israel has become a dominant behind-the-scenes player in South Sudan, and it is complicit in the myriad war crimes being carried out there.

    Somewhere in the disputed, oil-rich border territory of Abyei, there are Chinese peacekeepers in close proximity to rebel fighters, Sudanese irregular forces, and U.S. and Israeli covert agents. Somewhere in Juba, President Kiir is on the phone with his contacts in Beijing. Somewhere in Sudan, Machar is on the phone with his contacts in Addis Ababa and Langley. And somewhere, there is a mother crying over her dead son.

    That is the reality of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, whose entire history is one of greed, blood and death. Sadly, this is all too common in Africa, where the U.S.-NATO Empire must always have the last laugh.     

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    • James Wherry

      The civil war in South Sudan undermines 10 years of work by the Bush and Obama administrations. It does nothing to help us. If you think of America as self-interested, then it hurts us because no oil or other natural resources can be exploited, as long as this fighting continues. Make up your minds.

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      • James Wherry

        Notice: this fantasy never happened. It came from a 2005 exasperated cable by the former ambassador to Syria who was fed up with Syria and Iran murdering our Soldiers by supporting al-Zarqawi’s al-Quaeda branch – the precursor to al-Nusra and ISIL. “5,000 U.S. Service members dead in 10 years” was the goal of Iran and Syria. Blame them.

        • tapatio

          This little hasbara troll is incapable of truth. The “Seven countries in five years” goal is completely true, and its planners are almost all Zionists masquerading as Americans………………



          Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran

          A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (1996)

          “Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right”


          Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century (2000)

          “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor (9/11 – PERFECTION). Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions.” (p 63)


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    • Bob Beal

      “The U.S. is rolling out logistical infrastructure from across Africa, tracing the zone of volatility on the southern fringes of the Sahara”
      By Christine Mungai, about a year ago

      “Apart from [the massive Camp Lemonnier in] Djibouti, the staging areas, mini-bases, and airfields that have popped up across the continent now mean there’s a contiguous US presence in the nations of Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Chad, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and the Seychelles.

      • James Wherry

        I’ve been deployed to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti: it’s anything BUT “massive.” A few hundred cargo containers converted to living quarters and a few old French buildings. This is a farce by someone who has never been there.

        I’m sure we do work with the militaries of many – but not all – of these countries. We can’t send anymore than a few Soldiers into Somalia due to its volatility. Kenya limits the number of Soldiers we have as instructors and a handful of Civil Affairs Soldiers, however. The Seychelles has NOTHING other than U.S. visitors. In short, other than the Marine Guards at the embassies and the military attache at the embassy, there are few if any service members permanently stationed there. USAFRICOM is STILL based in EUROPE – Italy, now, not Germany – but this shows how little military involvement we have.

        And the author of this non-sense fails to mention that our primary mission in Uganda, these days, is to work with the Ugandan Army in Karamoja and to help hunt for Joseph Kony. Again, other than that, we just don’t exist, even in Uganda.

        • tapatio

 Camp Lemonnier doesn’t appear to be “anything BUT “massive.””, as Wherry claims. In fact, Lemonnier appears to be rather large with half a dozen C-130s, three probable tankers, two AWACs and assorted helicopters and support aircraft. Including the NUMEROUS munitions bunkers, it covers close to two square miles. Lies are all that can be expected from a shill for the Empire – Wherry.

          • James Wherry

            Camp Lemmonier sits right next to what Djiboutian transportation hub, Dimwit?

            Lies are all we can expect from the New-NAZ!, TAPATIO. I was there in 2912 – and there was no airfield.

            • tapatio

              The civil airport is NORTH of the runway. I was referring ONLY to the military base SOUTH of the runway, dingleberry breath.

              • James Wherry

                Gee, you mean with all of those open fields with nothing in them except the mesquite bushes that do serious injury to anyone getting stuck with their thorns?!? LOL. What an idiot.

    • Mahmud Adeniyi

      i love the china step because it has always be USA taking its all, through crooked ways.When Nigeria president visited china for trade agreement and America government immediately promise us grant

      • James Wherry

        Be my guest: China only hires Chinese workers and does not employ local nationals. It does not enforce safety or human rights standards. It offers corrupting bribes to corrupt governments and does not fine any of its corporations for doing the same thing – unlike the USA which does fine corporations for offering bribes.

        • tapatio

          Again, James Wherry is a liar. China DOES use local labor whenever possible, it DOES use proper safety standards. In the case of bribery and corruption, Wherry is right – China doesn’t “fine” corrupt officials – CHINA IMPRISONS OR EXECUTES CORRUPT CHINESE OFFICIALS..

          • James Wherry

            Not a single word of TAPATIO’s pack of lies is supported by a single citation. As usual, he is an apologist for anyone who might support Iran BECAUSE HE HOPES IRAN CAN DESTROY ISRAEL SO THAT HE CAN DESTROY JUDAISM.

    • James Wherry

      MintPressNews can’t make up its collective mind. This civil war is an unmitigated diplomatic and economic disaster for the United States in South Sudan.

      So which is it? Is America greedy and eager for economic exploitation, or is it an Empire, helping a war that is now preventing economic exploitation? It can only be hoped that outside African diplomacy – Kenya and Uganda – can help end this violence that has led to atrocities on all sides of this civil war.

      What I resent the most about the Far Left are their constant contradictions. They’re easy to find and expose on this website: at once, they decry “Islamophobia” and then decry the Wa’habiism that infects 1/3 to 1/2 of all Muslims around the world, with Pakistan, growing parts of Bangledesh and the Arab Gulf states leading the way. This website is “cotton candy for the mind.” Not much substance, but fun to chew up, easily melting on examination.