By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
The events rocking Sudan are certainly no revolution, nor is the fall of General Omar al-Bashir and his 30-year long dictatorial rule a relief for the Muslim masses of that country.
It is a mere ceremonial changing of the guards at the presidential palace in Khartoum, as the replacement is also a military general. In other words, it is a coup to replace the coup of 1989, with the long suppressed aspirations of the Sudanese people taking a back seat yet again.
General Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan Abdur-Rahman, like all other coup leaders anywhere in the world, has formed a so-called transitional council of men-in-uniforms with a vague ‘promise’ to hand over rule to a civilian government in future – which is unlikely to come.
No one takes him seriously, especially the group that has been leading the protests, the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which rejecting the coup declaration, has called on people to press on with demonstrations and to stage a sit-in outside military headquarters.
SPA, an umbrella organization of doctors, lawyers and journalists, said in its statement: "The regime has conducted a military coup to reproduce the same faces and entities that our great people have revolted against.”
It added that protests would continue until power is handed over to a civilian transitional government.
This means the people should brace for more bullets and greater number of the dead and the wounded, to prove they possess the indomitable spirit of sacrifice to change the status quo.
It will be a gargantuan task for the Sudanese people, and only time will tell how determined the masses are in the face of the current economic crisis.
At the moment, however, the new military leadership, which includes old faces like Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, has won the backing of reactionary Arab regimes of the Persian Gulf with whom General al-Burhan was clandestinely working, even as they pretended to play poker with al-Bashir – a replica of their game-plan to deceive and topple Egypt’s only elected president, Mohammad al-Morsi in 2013, while grooming General Abdel-Fattah as-Sisi behind the scenes.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt, have thus hailed the fall of Bashir, the same Bashir, whom they had recently feted in their capitals and greased his palms with a fistful of dollars to cut diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran and to establish relations with the illegal Zionist regime, in addition to providing them dirt cheap soldiers for their suicidal war in Yemen – all on the false promise that the UN and the US would drop charges against him as a wanted war criminal.
Al-Burhan may or may not hand al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur a decade ago, but one thing is certain, he will cozy up to the godfather of terrorism, the US, and provide bases to the Americans, so that he could be permitted to rule unhindered for some years at the expense of the Islamic and democratic aspirations of the people of Sudan.
This is all indicative of an intricate plot to spread the tentacles of Israel in Northeast Africa and the Red Sea region to compensate for the setbacks suffered by the unholy American/Zionist/Arab Reactionary trinity in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon at the hands of the Resistance Front inspired by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Yemen has become the Vietnam of the Saudis, and there are growing fears in the Arab and Western capitals that the trend of events might positively impact the protesting people of Sudan. Hence the sudden change of mask in Khartoum in order to abort in the embryonic stage a likely Islamic uprising having the potential to reignite the Muslim mass demonstrations against Sisi’s Zionist-backed misrule in Cairo, with dangerous consequences for Riyadh, Amman and the Persian Gulf sheikhdoms.