Kudos To Brave Old Jimmy Carter In Kabkabiya, Darfur, Sudan ...
Three cheers and Kudos, Jimmy Carter, past US President, internationally recognised and respected 'elder' world statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Jimmy Carter confronts Sudan officialsCan anyone at all imagine the White House's current cowardly AWOL incumbent behaving as bravely? Anywhere? Ever?
By ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU,
Associated Press Writer
Former President Jimmy Carter confronted Sudanese security services on a visit to Darfur Wednesday, shouting "You don't have the power to stop me!" at some who blocked him from meeting refugees of the conflict.
The 83-year-old Carter, in Darfur, Sudan as part of a delegation of respected international figures known as "The Elders," wanted to visit a refugee camp. But the U.N. mission in Sudan deemed that too dangerous.
Instead, Carter agreed to fly to the World Food Program compound in the North Darfur town of Kabkabiya, where he was supposed to meet with ethnic African refugees, many of whom were chased from their homes by militias and the Arab-dominated government's forces.
But none of the refugees showed up and Carter decided to walk into the town — a volatile stronghold of the pro-government janjaweed militia — to meet refugees too frightened to attend the meeting at the compound.
He was able to make it to a school where he met with one tribal representative and was preparing to go further into town when Sudanese security officers stopped him.
"You can't go," the local chief of the feared Sudanese secret police, who only gave his first name as Omar, ordered Carter. "It's not on the program!""We're going to anyway!" an angry Carter retorted as a small crowd began to gather around.
Carter accused the international community of neglect for taking too long to mobilize over Darfur.
"Because of Iraq, this crisis had been simmering at a lower level," he told the AP.
However, he said he disagreed with Bush and others who called the killings in Darfur a genocide.
He [Carter] also vowed to hold world powers to their pledge of ending this "crime against humanity."Read the rest of this AP report right here.