- The Washington Times - Friday, June 26, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

When I opened The Washington Times on Tuesday and saw an Op-Ed column by Dr. Ghazi Salahuddin Atabani, a key adviser to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, under the headline “Give peace a chance,” I could only assume that April Fools’ Day had arrived very late this year. Dr. Ghazi conveniently omitted a few key points that your readers should appreciate. His boss, Mr. Bashir, is wanted on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes, with a possible charge of genocide soon to follow.

The National Congress Party, of which Mr. Ghazi is a senior leader, directly engineered the brutal violence in Darfur that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions without homes. The Sudanese government recently expelled 13 aid groups that were delivering lifesaving assistance in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan. We all would like to see a lasting peace in Sudan, but Dr. Ghazi’s self-serving fictions will not move us any closer in that direction.

JOHN NORRIS

Executive director

The Enough Project

Washington

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