It is indeed "Malaysia Boleh" ! President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir
is Malaysian trained. He attended the Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College
course at Haigate in 1983 ( A one year Diploma course). He was then a Colonel the higest ranking student, most of the the rest were all Majors. Normally local students are all Majors.Image: Bashir in the 1983 Hikmat magazine (Malaysian Staff College magazine), where he aspires to be the next President of Sudan, page 50. Click to enlarge.
He stayed in a rented Link house in Bukit Malawati and drove an old 1970 Wolkswagen Beetle. He had then already made known his aspiration to be the next President of Sudan. Nearly six years later in 1989 he led a blood less coup and became Sudan's new President. Our training is aparently very effective and good for all and up coming dictators.
Sudan's backer's, in Formula One auto racing, the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix went off without a hitch on the 23 March 2008, despite the fact that the race's corporate sponsor is one of the Sudanese government's biggest backers. Petronas, Malaysia's state-owned oil and gas company, has poured an estimated $1.5 billion into Sudan's petroleum sector, providing cash the Sudanese government can then use to finance its weapons purchases. In full from Forbes: Darfur's other culprits by Daniel Hemel.A documentary about genocide in Darfur
Does it matter that Omar al-Bashir, the president of the ancient, deeply-divided republic of Sudan
, has finally been indicted for war crimes
in Darfur, crimes against humanity too, by the International Criminal Court in The Hague? It's in the news this morning, though not very high up most agendas. In my own mind, I'm genuinely torn between the urge to see the brute – victor of a military coup in 1989 – brought to account for the kind of treatment exposed in a new Guardian film
, and uneasiness about the real world consequences. Continued here....
Here are directives given for the killings:
( The Guardian
) Colonel Samir Jaja's orders to the assembled soldiers before their dawn attack on the village were absolutely clear: "Don't leave anybody alive. If we leave these people in this place, they will support the rebels against the government. The area must be emptied so the rebels can't find any help and have to leave the country."
B Kajabier, 34, a Sudanese army deserter, describes the scene just before Sudanese army troops stormed a village in southern Darfur, Sudan, in April 2003. Colonel Jaja addressed his 400 troops, most of them Arab, but some African, after they descended from their vehicles. There were more precise commands."Rape the women, kill the children. Leave nothing," Jaja said. More...