Laws in White House are not applicable everywhere, Susan Rice MUST know this

By Simon Yel Yel, Juba, South Sudan, JUL/24/2015, SSN

Quote: “The US-led western alliance that portrays itself as a champion of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights within individual countries acts from a directly opposite position in the international arena, rejecting the democratic principles of sovereign equality of states, and trying to decide for everyone what is good and what is evil,” Says Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign affairs minister;

Barefacedly, alone among the governments in the world, the Americans believe that their nation, the US, is an ”exceptional” country and Americans are “indispensable” people and require sovereign government to follow its laws even when Washington’s laws contradict the laws of other sovereign countries.

It was 9th July when the US redefined media propaganda reached the highest peak. The usual mumbo jumbo propaganda of the US on twitters and TVs moved to YouTube when the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice downloaded what she called “message to people of South Sudan” on the solemn fourth anniversary of our independence.

Indeed the U.S. has succeeded in demonizing the government of President Salva Kiir by consistently portraying South Sudan in the eyes of the world as a failed state and Kiir as a murderer and despot who wants to be in power forever.

The White House has been making great use of mass media propaganda to get the job done since the beginning of the ongoing war.

First, they’ve controlled the narrative of what is happening in South Sudan and use it as a platform to misinform the people.

This is critical for the following reasons. One, because it permits the White House to sweep the December 15th foiled coup attempt in Juba into the dustbin of American memory and world at large and, never to be seen again.

Second, major western media like CNN, Fox news, BBC, ABC and Sky news plus Al Jazeera are now shamelessly spewing out Americanized propaganda and they are doing their job very well; submissively regurgitating managed news misinformation trash, malevolently burying hard truths on what happened and what is happening now in South Sudan.

These media pundits have spectacularly succeeded in renaming every good thing that the South Sudan government does.

With all this mass media propaganda, still the White House extends the propaganda to the beloved people of South Sudan via YouTube.

On 9th July, the National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice posted what she called “message to the people on South Sudan” on YouTube as her gift on the 4th anniversary of South Sudan independence to South Sudanese.

In her 10 minutes video, she brazenly said, “Over the past 19 months, the government has abdicated its responsibilities, failed to protect its citizens, and squandered its legitimacy. Instead of negotiating a resolution to the conflict, it has subverted democracy and unilaterally extended its mandate.”

Look at how the White House is playing with South Sudan? One may wonder and ask Susan, is it a message that you really want to tell South Sudanese that the gov’t has squandered its legitimacy, subverted democracy and unilaterally extended its mandate?

Really, really Susan? How did the gov’t subvert democracy and unilaterally extended its mandate when the US was the first country to reject the election to be held in May 2015?

Charles Twining, the charge de affairs at the US embassy in Juba, once said on 4th December 2014, “the donors do not expect elections to take place in South Sudan next year, despite the insistence from government.”

On 18th January 2015, he called a press conference at the US embassy and said: “We as the government of the United States together with other donors look at multiple issues and we feel that time is too short. As we look at the possibility of elections, we truly do not see how an election can be prepared in such a short period of time. The constitution calls for a census before elections. There is so much that needs to be done. There is also the insecurity in the country. Can everyone have the access to the ballot box?”

What else do you expect the gov’t to do given what Twining said above? Do you want the gov’t to sit and fold its hands and wait for time to come when people will have access to the ballot box without extending the mandates?

Why do you (Americans) like giving one thing a different color, calling it black today and white tomorrow?

Even the rebels rejected the gov’t call for election. “We don’t believe the elections the government is talking about will be free and fair because there is insecurity in the country and many people are displaced. We will not take part in it,” rebel spokesman Brig. Gen. Lul Koang Ruai once said.

Also the official opposition party leader Dr. Lam Akol rejected the election: “It is very clear that during democratic elections it is the people who will vote but due to war situation, people are displaced. About two million are displaced and areas are not secured – then who will vote? So elections can’t be held under these circumstances.”

He went further in an interview on Jan. 14 2015, saying, “There must be peace so that elections are free, fair and credible. There is not a single requirement of a democratic process for holding elections before peace. We will not be part.”

With the above given statements, is there raison d’être that the elections MUST be conducted? Methinks not.

I thought you would have congratulated President Kiir for implementing the Arusha agreement by revoking the dismissal of the G-10 and reinstating them in the SPLM.

No wonder, I knew the US won’t congratulate the president on implementing the Arusha agreement because the so-called EU and troika diplomats didn’t congratulate president.

Is South Sudan the first country to extend the presidency and parliament mandates because of the insecurity?

Are you aware that the Lebanese parliament has extended its mandates from Nov 2014 to 2017 because of insecurity?

South Sudan has its own different laws and it is unbecoming for the US to dictate its law on South Sudan.

In conclusion, I want to make it very crystal clear to the United States and her allies that they should change their neo-colonistic policies and respect the sovereignty of South Sudan.

The time when you dictate your conditions to the world has passed and there is a need to exit from the axiom of assuming self-anointed role as “masters of the world,” deluded by the belief of exceptionalism.

It is better to respect nations’ law than to scare them with sanctions and so forth.

The time of imperialism has long gone. It is high time for the West to start building relations based on equal rights, mutual respect and mutual consideration of interests not only with South Sudan but with other countries.

Otherwise, the world will one day rise up against this imperialistic diplomacy of interfering with other nations’ internal affairs.

South Sudan has its own laws and it is imperialism if the US can apply its law on South Sudan indirectly by rejecting what South Sudan government and parliament did in the interest of people and peace.

Simon Yel Yel is a concerned citizen and he can be reached at maandeng2017@gmail.com or 0955246235.

5 Comments

  1. martin L says:

    “December 15th foiled coup attempt in Juba.” Brother Simon, you and your likes are still singing this broken record! Don’t you feel ashamed? The so called government of president Kiir and its cronies couldn’t prove that a coup was attempted. Yet we hear from time to time the same lies coming from your likes. Please give it a rest, will you?

  2. defender says:

    Simon Yel,

    Your premise of the article is weak. It is weak because the conflict in South Sudan is a creation of Kiir. The laws of South Sudan that you are claiming exist, exist in vacuum because president Kiir opted in disregarding them or applying them selectively to farther his agenda of domination.

    On the argument of foiled coup, the court in South Sudan has vindicated those who were accused of treason, because the government lacked any evidence of any coup. When their internal ploy was about to be brought on their heads, the president through minister of justice circumvented the process and dropped the case against the political detainees, and handed them to the custody of Kenya. Ugandan president who saved Kiir from eminent collapse after his cooked coup, categorically denied, in front of Kiir and the rest of IGAD leaders that there was coup.

    The government has so far abdicated its responsibility of bringing to justice those who were implicated in the atrocities committed in Juba or failed to investigate the killing of civilians. It has worked very hard to erase any evidence of crimes committed in Juba to date. If the government was interested applying laws currently in the booked of a sovereign South Sudan, why hasn’t the government implicated anyone in the crimes committed? We have heard that the government has been investigating these crimes. If this is the case, why hasn’t the government at least spare us the pain claiming that there are laws but failed to implement them with regards to crimes committed.

    The Americans have invested millions if not billions of dollars in South Sudan, including the only road/life line linking South Sudan with Uganda. Don’t you think that it has the right to ask South Sudanese leaders what are the dividends of peace that the have so eagerly want to see in South Sudan? Since 2005, South Sudan had all the opportunity to developed its dilapidated infrastructures. What did Salva do with the petro-dollars? They have spent on pot bellied politicians without any return to the people of South Sudan except more poverty and destruction. Do you, in your right mind want the world to watch the innocents die just for your tribal dictator stay in power with the help of Uganda.

    And if you Uganda is in South Sudan protecting the Dictator. Why can’t other nations come to the aide of South Sudanese people to rescue them from Kiir and his death machines? Do you see the irony, my friend. It is not easy to claim sovereignty without looking into the bigger picture of what is happening in South Sudan. You cannot claim sovereignty on the city of Juba and rest of the country is infested with blood thirsty hounds of tribal militias, recruited, organized and trained to kill South Sudanese on the fear that the president will loose his power when challenged within party structures to reform the SPLM so as to uphold the principles it proclaimed in 1983.

    One of the architects of the “never again in our watch” or “Responsibility to Protect (R2P) after the genocide of Rwanda is none other than regime’s mouth piece at the UN (Francis Mading). He authored this principle so that leaders who claim legitimacy cannot be allowed to collect the bones of their citizens in killings fields by claiming sovereignty.So, the world has collectively agreed that no sovereign nation, can be allowed to kill its citizens at will for the sake of maintaining power under false pretense.

    If president Kiir would want to world to respect him, he should have done the noble thing by allowing cries of people for peace to prevail over his insatiable appetite to remain in power by circumventing the constitution of the state and the party to fit his own will to remain in power.

    Talking about the Arusha agreement. Didn’t Salva swallowed his pride by accepting the same principles that he killed people of South Sudan for? What a shame! He wanted to create a party that is beholden to him and those of his comrade told him no. He refused to adhere to principles that we thought he fought for during the years of struggle, but come to think of it, it was just a front. These are realities that we must reckon with instead of trying to cry wolf on the Americans for telling it like it is.

  3. Eastern says:

    Simon,

    Get these facts right; Kiir has squandered his legitimacy and his tenure in J1 has come to its sorry end.

    The illegitimate extension of Kiir’s stay in power is arbitrary; it does not have the support of the majority South Sudanese; it was done by MPs who could be correctly refered to as sycophants who are also fighting for their own survival during this period of economic meltdown in the country.

    The right thing to do was for Kiir to stand down after his tenure ended and hand over power to a college of presidents to run the country during a transitional government; Kiir shouldn’t always be the president as he wishes.

    With the situation as it is now, Riek Macher cannot be blamed for continuing with war. With no reforms in place the proposed power sharing ratios are going to be meaningless.

    Simon, this is where you missed the gist of Susan Rice’s missive!

  4. Abel Magok says:

    I don’t think the tone of this article is helping if it means for defending the country or supporting the government. The world become inter-connected in unimaginable way and sovereignty slogan is no longer a deterrent especially for small or weak countries like South Sudan, much depending on neighbouring countries in everything.
    Hence, attacking the U.S or international community in general may not bring anything good, rather worsen internal policy of the country.
    We have to admit that things started wrong and continue in wrong direction and we should look for solutions or way of addresing these problems before attacking others.

    The fact to the matter Dr. Riek Machar is just a power hungry man, tribalist wanted to get power through Nuer tribe. He did it in 1991, when he splits the movement surrounded himself with Nuer and is repeating the same mistake now, inaddition he was a vice president and did nothing to the reforms he is claiming right now in the bush, he was part of the mess and should not be an alternative to president Kiir.

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