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October 26, 2010

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Ibrahim Adam


Shashank: glad you've - belatedly - seen the light.

Yes, you’re right: south and north Sudan are very different in terms of culture, terrain etc.

But, then again, aren't, say, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Boston, Mass??

Isn't London wildly different than Aberdeen??

Marseille compared to Paris??

In other words, who says that a country has to be completely homogenous for everybody to live together under one roof??

That conditionality only seems to apply, at least amongst Americans, to Sudan only.

Shashank, also, I wouldn’t read too much into the NDI poll showing overwhelming support for secession in the south that you mentioned: the poll had 779 participants only, and it's also highly probable that sample was pre-screened by GOSS – who the NDI would have needed close cooperation from to carry out its 63 group discussions in the south – to achieved the desired outcome.

Indeed, rather than hoping and praying for secession, Americans should actually be the BIGGEST SUPPORTERS (rather than the BIGGEST OPPONENTS) of keeping Sudan as one, citing their own country's experience (civil war over the confederacy, slavery, Jim Crow laws etc) as proof that a country with a traumatic history can escape its past and stay as one.

Sadly, instead, the US (government, think tanks, analysts, and hacks) continue to act as prophets of doom when it comes to Sudan, focusing just on what divides us ordinary Sudanese rather than focusing on the many more factors that unites us.

The OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of Sudanese have always lived in peace, harmony, cooperation and intermarrying and, indeed, Shashank, you’ve seen the remarkable social peace that exists amongst the myriad of groups in Khartoum and elsewhere in all but a few parts of Sudan: go tell it from the mountains to your fellow citizens,Shashank, who wrongly believe that us Sudanese are at each other’s throats 24/7 .

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