The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Saber Rattling in the African Desert

The war of words between the two Sudans grows more ominous by the day. Northern officials have called for the overthrow of the South Sudanese government. South Sudan countered with a warning that an offensive by the north could spark genocide. As Reuters reports, president Omar Bashir’s behavior suggests that such extreme violence may not be far off:

Appearing in medal-spangled military uniform at a large rally, Bashir danced side to side, waved his walking stick in the air and made blistering threats against the leadership of the South, which seceded last year after decades of civil war.

“These people don’t understand, and we will give them the final lesson by force,” the burly military ruler told the rally in EL-Obeid, capital of North Kordofan state. “We will not give them an inch of our country, and whoever extends his hand on Sudan, we will cut it off.”

But wasn’t the much ballyhooed peace deal that broke Sudan in two supposed to solve everyone’s problems and lead to lasting stability?

That deal was a mirage.

Published on April 20, 2012 5:00 pm
  • Anthony

    I heard a BBC report today that the South ordered all troops from oil town of Heglig, perhaps forestalling official war.