About a month ago I met with Sudanese officials for about 3 hours here in Washington, DC. This was on my own time – not Fox News Channel time.
Sudan’s represenatives are upset with me and say I am not fair to President Bashir. Apparently President Bashir is REAL upset with me. I have gotten under his skin.
They told me I should not believe everything I read. I said that I don’t believe everything I read. The problem is that I SAW IT. I did not read about the atrocities — I SAW THE ATROCITIES. My eyes don’t lie to me.
I traveled to the region with Reverend Franklin Graham and you could not miss the violence President Bashir inflicts upon his own innocent people — bomb craters next to schools, bombed out Christian churches and then, the worse, the children starving to death. I saw it. You have seen it too, because I have posted some of my more than 1000 pics from my time there.
President Bashir’s people asked me to ‘tone down’ what I say about Pres Bashir — they don’t like words like ‘evil’ — and I said I would be happy to do so IF HE STOPS KILLING and BOMBING INNOCENTS. It is that simple. I will ditch the adjectives and even stop talking / blogging about him. I don’t want to spend my time chasing down a man indicted by the ICC for genocide (that is the ICC prosecutor’s job…although I confess I would love THAT job.) I have other things I would like to do in my spare time than constantly pound on President Bashir. Until he stops, I can’t stop.
They told me they would get back to me after our meeting. I have had (I think) two emails from them since our meeting. If they are SO CERTAIN THEY ARE RIGHT – AND THAT PRESIDENT BASHIR IS A GOOD MAN – President Bashir should use his time in the USA to explain it to me. I am a reasonable person. Let him answer questions from me. I want to hear his version of the events that gave rise to what I saw and what is happening since I left.
(PS – Pres Bashir’s representatives – challenging my character and I think my good will – also asked if I had blogged about the flooding in Sudan unrelated to the Nuba Mountain crisis. At the time of our 3 hour meeting, I had blogged on GretaWire about it only one time. I promised to do so again. I did blog again about the flooding in Sudan within 3 hours of my meeting with them, posted video of the humanitarian crisis and posted a link to the Canadian Red Cross where people could donate to help. I kept my word. I always do. Will they keep their word?)