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As Sudan Crisis Lingers, it is Worth Recalling it is a Brotherhood Government
Last weekend, as today's Washington Post editorial reminds us, the EU again huffed and puffed about doing something about Darfur. The situation is "intolerable" Mr. Blair said, adding that the actions of the Sudanese government were "completely unacceptable." Ms. Merkel chimed in on the need for stronger sanctions. And then they all walked away.

The Bush administration has done much the same thing. Remember "phase two" sanctions that were to go into effect on the first of the year if the government didn't halt the slaughter (and blah blah blah).

The toll remains staggering and the situation is not improving. Some 200,000 dead (on the very low end of estimates), 2 million driven from their homes, etc. etc. etc.

Why? Because the government of Omar Hassan al-Bashir, which is made up primarily of members of the Muslim Brotherhood (of which Bashir and Hassan al Turabi, among others, are prominent members) allow it. Turabi may be out of power, but not because of his ties to the Brotherhood, but due to internal rivalries that do not touch the heart of the Brotherhood project there.

Perhaps al Bashir et al missed the new commitment to not supporting _jihad_ and to pluralistic democracy that Mssrs. Leiken and Brooke found compelling in their discussions with the Muslim Brotherhood leaders. Perhaps they believe in ethnic cleansing and doing what the Brotherhood would do elsewhere if it took power. Or perhaps they are not acting on anyone's behalf except their own but their own Brothers do not see that as a problem.

It is striking that the Brotherhood-related groups across Europe and the United States, and the regimes in the Gulf (particularly Saudi Arabia) that support them have raised not a single protest over the genocide in Darfur. They have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to build their infrastructure and rally to the cause of Hamas and occassionally Hezbollah. But not one word of condemnation for their regime in Sudan.

Al Turabi opened his country to bin Laden and any other Muslim, precisely because he was implementing the _Ikhwan_ strategy of creating a non-territorial Islamic state that welcomes all Muslims (including crossing the Shia-Sunni divide, and Youssef Nada has made clear in his public statements and the Brotherhood ties to Iran, also unexplored and unexplained in the Leiken/Brooke piece).

Egypt, China and other countries outside the Brotherhood orbit also bear great responsibility in allowing the al Bashir regime to carry on genocide. All of the outside world does, and it is a black mark against every government that continues to deal with Sudan as if it were a member of the international community.

But the greatest responsibility lies with those closest to the regime, who have chosen not to even make the weak gestures of verbal protest and condemnation, and those are the Muslim Brothers and their backers.
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