Tuesday, July 12, 2011
South Sudan, a reason for cautious optimism !
Lots more to come on this in the near future as I intend to follow the progress of the worlds newest nation, South Sudan, very closely. It's independence is great thing for its people who have been fighting against the tyranny of the Arab authorities in Khartoum for nearly 200 years. However optimism has to be cautious. We often comment on what a tough neighbourhood Israel lives in well the Southern Sudanese state is in my view, in a tougher one. They have their genocidal neighbour in the north to contend lead by the wanted war criminal Omar Al Bashir. And at the southern border, South Sudan neighbours with lawless northern Uganda, were Joseph Kony and his Notorious Lords Resistance Army (probably the worlds most violent terrorist organisation) still control the jungles and the Democratic Republic of Congo, a hellish place where millions (literally) have been butchered in tribal warfare during the last 15 years. It is not an easy place to be starting a new country. It's economic viability is also in question as the agreements between north and south over distribution of oil revenues has not yet been finalised. It is a fascinating situation which I intend to cover in detail.