Who is and who isn’t fighting a senseless war?

BY: KON Joseph LEEK, 25/AUG/2015, SSN;

Almost everyone including top government officials say the above phrase in any public gathering in an attempt to pass the blame on the rebels. To them, the rebels deserve a full blame of the on-going conflict.

And so are the rebels in the other front or campaign of words – are struggling to make the government responsible for the crises not knowing that, when the war started, it started as the government fighting itself before they divided into two antagonistic parties (the SPLM-IG and IO) – where the current members in government claimed the coup attempt from the current rebels.

A claim rejected by the later as being familiarized by the former.

Now, it has become a blame game where many top government officials in any gathering or function make phrases like, “this is a meaningless war!”, “we are fighting a senseless war!” and so on, and so forth.

Are they certainly sure that they (we) are fighting a senseless war? And so, all the numbers that died and still dying in the army as well as the civilians died for nothing except if not that they were/are fighting a senseless war?

Thus, is there no reason at all for this war? Should the main reason for it be its “meaninglessness” and “senselessness”? If so, why do you guys go to Addis Ababa for? What do you go to negotiate then?

Isn’t this phrase (meaningless/senseless war) an equivalent of a story of a man that was kicked by a donkey and responded by kicking back the donkey which made the people around concluded that the man was thinking exactly like the donkey?

Isn’t the phrase corresponding a story of a man whose eyes were spit on by a lunatic who then acted in respond by spitting back to his (lunatic’s) eyes, something that surprised the spectators who then concluded him a lunatic too for thinking like him (lunatic).

We need to understand the irony of some words or else they back-fire. If the war which is generally blamed on Riek for causing it, and indeed is, is senseless and meaningless then why are we fighting?

If the rebels are senseless for starting this meaningless war, then why are we fighting? If the war is senseless, then its starter(s) is/are senseless too and I wonder where that (senselessness and meaninglessness) leaves the responder(s) (government).

I know someone somewhere is already thinking that I am rebelliously speaking but it is good sometimes not to be a victim of your own words. That is to talk till you contradict yourself unknowingly, hence it is healthier for one to be informed by he who loves him that, ‘sir, you are sailing far away from our right point’.

If he says “what” (Our polite way of pardoning someone), then call a spade a spade, not a big spoon – by saying, ‘sir, your statement is contradicting and you are confusing us’. This is what I am doing.

Riek himself ransacked my hometown several times directly and indirectly, there is no way I can hide under his umbrella though he can sometimes be accorded some truth despite being a lunatic, war maniac, a blood sucker, trickster, charlatan, liar and a womanizer.

But where the government I supported and voted is unable to express the “reasons” of the war and resorts by concluding that the war is senseless and meaningless will also make us conclude that, “its participants are senseless and meaningless too.”

What we clearly know is that the war is not senseless or meaningless as claimed by some government officials. It is a called for “war”. Riek hunted for it, and I guess he expected it. It deserved to be fought, because there was a forceful take-over trial by Riek who would have illegally ruled the country against the will/choice of the people had he succeeded.

So the people of the Republic of South Sudan have a right to stand up against the constitution’s invaders and defend it.

Another reason being the killing he has committed on the civilians of Greater Upper Nile and exiling of his own people into refugee camps in foreign countries – the very people whom he would have requested to vote for him in elections had he not attempted the coup and resorted to peaceful and democratic mean of power transfer.

With the above few and many others, why should someone somewhere still think that the war which is being fought is senseless? What is senseless is an imposed peace by the foreign powers to resolve it.

The war should not always be justified when we are fighting the Arabs, but anything that comes around to jeopardize our independence, freedom and rights is also calling for a deserving war.

Pump some sense of senselessness of this war into our brains before walking around and making such phrases. That phrase alone without other ingredients is not convincing enough.

You know, when we say sense; connection between the subject and the object should comply and should connect with the ideology.

And to explain your “sense”, you should have a better language of expression, where a “reason” should be relative with your claim or else, if not, someone somewhere may conclude that, “your claim has no SENSE in terms of LOGIC.”

That phrase was once said by one person who knew what he was saying and is now said a thousand times by hundreds of people who do not know what they are/were saying until it becomes unique no more, it just becomes a most boring-to-tears cliché– because we love to take up things wrongly instead of first learning their insights.

We very much duel our minds in “common sense, assumptions and emotions” not knowing that we are no longer there (world of common sense, assumptions and emotions). We now live in the world of principles/rules not common sense, Research not Assumption and Reasons not Emotions.

The writer is a commentator on contemporary South Sudan,
He can be reached on j.konleek@gmail.com & 0927777006


  1. taban lowani says:

    Please stop talking about the nonsense. The time is come for those vulnerable south Sudan people to live in peace and harmony. I was hoping president kiir should not sign this peace agreement so that he can be rooted from this corrupt government and sent to face judgement on the huge for those who are killed in juba and around the country. This war is planned by jieg council of idiots to get ride of others tribes. But God is watching their eivl thinking. Soon the jiang community will regret for what they have done to other 63 tribes of south Sudan. These tribes knew very well that jiang is became a cancer of this precious nation south Sudan and should be isolated.

  2. Eli says:

    Nikalongo and F millionaire
    Where are you fellows?
    Didn’t I tell you we are coming? Make sure you are standing on the roadside along with the humbled citizens of Juba who have been trapped for so long to welcome us when we roll into Juba very soon to take over our rightful seats, you need to chant the phrase “free at last free…. True freedom is on the way….free as last free….”.
    Maybe then and if then you are lucky then you may get the acceptance to your long awaited invitations for me to sit on same table for a dinner with you. But that depends on if you have been proven guiltless of innocent bloods. Justice must be done and happiness, pursuits of liberty and freedom will com to ALL South Sudanese.
    Long live freedom fighters
    Eli Wani

  3. False Millionaire says:

    congratulations but stay reserved!!!
    The invitation we had extended to u which u refused was sincere and is still valid till the day u decide to honour it.

    Eli,u are our fellow brother like any other fellow citizen.
    I am more than happy with the agreement.President Kiir expresses reservations on the context that his impression is such that the agreement is a ploy to change the regime.
    But changing the rgime can never be unwelcomed.
    Remember how the SPLM/A elites have failed our country and the society?
    But the biggest mistake will be to replace SPLM/A juba with the SPLM-IO.
    Both of them are two faces of the same coin.
    The same level of suffering with out any change for a better RSS would have been instituted with such a tragic mistake.

    If u could be sincere about us,we have never been reactionaries against changes in RSS.
    U ought to have observed such attitude in our comments.
    We are as we have been for a revolution without sacrificing neither human lives nor cause destruction of infra structure and means of living.

    The agreement at hand symbolizes that dream.
    But to make it a reality,there is an urgent need for all of us to cooperate.
    To such pupose,if circumstances may permit,u can always expect open minded individuals among our masses me and Nikalongo included to help in the causes that would transform it into a reality.
    In return u shouldn’t be expected to come to town with an AK-47 and seek to kill,rape,loot and take Kiir’s place by force.
    That’s a wrong method that would only inflict more suffering without success.

    But we would be more than disposed to vote for u if u may wish to contest in a democratic elections.
    Our good will as well as our hope is to see the agreement becoming a victory for our country and our masses without any exception with regards to any one’s ethnic backround.

    It’s every one’s common knowledge that peace and prosperity are the most basic needs of human existence.
    At such context,u would be able to pay the dowery for our sister whom u have taken for a wife under the terms of an undeclared credit.
    We would be very happy to come to cheer u up at the day of your marriage celebration if u ever extended invitations to us.
    But for now take a very good care of yourself!!!

  4. GatCharwearbol says:

    Dear Writer,

    I can comfortably assume that you are from Bor. The reason of my assumption is in your writing. That aside, you are still talking of coup attempt by Dr. Machar once all have come to conclude that there was never a coup attempt in the first place. If you have been sleeping, wake up from your slumber. I am in agreement with you that this war isn’t a senseless war. It is war of self defend for Nuer whom have been targeted for their ethnicity. It is Nuer’s inalienable right to defend themselves from their aggressor who seeks their extinction. That is the platform in which the war is being fought.

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