“I suspect the CIA and maybe Israel’s Mossad are behind al-Bashir’s removal – even though his forces are aiding the Saudis in Yemen,” Chicago-based Stephen Lendman told Tasnim in an interview.
Stephen Lendman is a writer, syndicated columnist, activist, News TV personality, and radio show host. He currently writes for MoneyNewsNow.com and VeteransToday.com and hosts, since 2007, a progressive radio show at The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.
The following is the full text of the interview:
Tasnim: Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir was recently removed by a military coup after months of anti-government protests against his three-decade rule. A military council led by Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan is now in power and says it will oversee a transitional period that will last a maximum of two years. What do you think about the latest developments in the African country? How do you predict the future of the developments? Would the military council hand over the power to a democratic government?
Lendman: Many post-WW II coups had dirty US hands on them. I suspect the CIA and maybe Israel’s Mossad are behind al-Bashir’s removal – even though his forces are aiding the Saudis in Yemen.
By its very nature, military rule is repressive. Just societies want a clear separation between military and political authorities, the former serving the latter.
Al-Bashier has been in power for about 30 years. The US wants him tried in the International Criminal Court because he hasn’t surrendered Sudanese sovereignty to Washington. The Trump regime wants a subservient puppet replacing him.
What’s going on in Sudan should be for the Sudanese to decide, not a hostile foreign country like the US, meddling in the affairs of most other nations.
The coup virtually assures democratic governance will not come to power when the Sudanese military relinquishes it – likely to retain it for an extended period.
Tasnim: According to media reports, there have been some meddlesome measures by Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Sudan. However, Sudanese protesters have declared their strong opposition to the two countries. What do you think about the future of relations between Sudan and the two Arab countries and do you think that the next Sudanese government would be an ally of the two?
Lendman: I heard something about the Saudis and UAE meddling in Sudan. What’s going on in virtually all conflict theaters was orchestrated in Washington, likely together with the UK, other NATO countries, Israel and other regional ones like the Saudis and UAE in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.
The Sudanese want foreign hands off their country. The US wants the country transformed into a vassal state, it aims the same for all other nations – notably Russia, China, Venezuela and Iran, along with control over their oil and other resources.
Most Arab countries go along with the US agenda. Because of its sovereign independence, Syria is targeted for regime change, Yemen was targeted because the US wants a puppet regime in charge of it controls, not the independent Houthis.
Tasnim: As you know, Sudan is part of Saudi Arabia’s disastrous military campaign against Yemen. Given that a huge number of the Saudi-led coalition forces fighting in Yemen are Sundanese, what do you think about the effect of developments in Sudan on the protracted war on Yemen?
Lendman: What’s going on in Sudan will have no effect on the US war in Yemen, begun by the Bush/Cheney regime in October 2001 – shortly after its naked aggression on Afghanistan.
The key issue is this. The US under Republicans and undemocratic Dems want dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations – by whatever it takes to achieve its objectives.
Naked aggression, color revolutions, and old-fashioned coups like what’s being attempted in Venezuela are its favored strategies.
US rage for dominance is humanity’s greatest threat. I greatly fear the unthinkable nuclear war against Russia and/or China eventually. Together they’re the last powerful frontier against Washington’s hegemonic aims. If things turn out this way, we’re all doomed.