Has Deng Yiech Bachech convinced us about SPLM-DC?
June 26, 2009
, I watched Fox News political debate about the recent extra-marital affairs of South Carolina Governor Sanford. Some commentators wondered why Democratic Party and the media always turn the wrongdoing of one Republican Party‚Äôs official into the wrongdoing of the whole Republican Party when on the other hand; the wrongdoing of one Democratic Party official is treated as individual and not party problem. One commentator said that Democratic Party officials don‚Äôt pretend about their social moral life. Republicans are known for their claims about leading a moral living in the
Some parties in
want to appear holy in words but not in deeds. They don‚Äôt know that when you set yourself higher in moral issues, you need to stick to it. Many people evaluate politicians according to what they say and do.
A member of SPLM-DC Deng Yiech Bachech, who calls himself a political analyst and SPLM-DC Representative, recently takes on
Bachech believes that all
intellectuals lack critical analysis.
He writes, ‚ÄúHowever, constructive intellectual debate is terribly lacking particularly in
, to say the least. This is why when one is not confident in oneself, lacks any substantiated facts or intellectual ability to back up his/her claims, resorting to name-calling, character assassinations, threats and intimidation are often the cheapest tools used to defend his/her alleged position. Therefore, this absence of critical thinking and consciousness in political engagements has led to some violent confrontations between groups with conflicting ideological and political orientations‚ÄĚ (Southsudannation.com, June 27, 2009).
Notice that Mr. Bachech accuses
intellectuals of resorting to name-calling and character assassination, things that he calls ‚Äúcheapest tools used to defend his/her alleged position.‚ÄĚ However, Mr. Bachech‚Äôs article of 26 paragraphs contains about 29 abusive words.
The abusive words that Mr. Bachech uses in his article include false, irrelevant, trivial, superficial, baseless rhetoric, lack of competent leadership, cheating, ineffective, inefficient; idleness, impaired intellectual reasoning, jealousy, pretentious, shallow claim, pretexts, miserable failures, scapegoating, unapprised, self-serving, misleading, absurd maneuvers, scaremongering; bogus claims, tyrants, dictators, selfish-gains, misrule, and ignorant masses.
If these words are not name-calling, then I wonder what Mr. Bachech regards as name-calling! And if they are name-calling, then Mr. Bachech would join the intellectuals who lack constructive intellectual debate, as he puts it.
When it comes to his points about character assassination of leaders, Mr. Bachech says this: ‚ÄúThis tactic of challenging the personality of a leader, not issues, is simply a resort to committing abusive fallacy.‚ÄĚ However, Mr. Bachech never hesitates to call the President of
and Chairman of SPLM party, Salva Kiir, as tribal figure.
Mr. Bachech‚Äôs moral claims stop short when he uses this argument without acknowledging the first person who made it not long time ago: ‚ÄúFurthermore, why is the SPLM-DC becoming so a nerve-racking matter for the SPLMers when in fact we have USAP 1 and USAP 2 in the legislative assembly of the southern government? Can they (SPLMers) also ask themselves about the existence of Ummah Party of Sadiq el-Mahdi and Ummah Reform and Renewal Party of Al-Fadil?‚ÄĚ
We know that on June 20, 2009, Dr. Justine Ambago Ramba made a convincing argument in the following two paragraphs in defense of SPLM-DC name:
‚ÄúTwo Umma parties i.e. the Umma mainstream (Sadiq al Mahdi) and the Umma for Reform and Renewal (Mubarak Al Fadil), these will come to Juba, while the Umma National Party of Masar will remain n
and is an ally to the NCP.
‚ÄúThe SPLM shall also be a host to the many factions of the Baa‚Äôth Party which are: the Sudanese Baa‚Äôth Party, the Socialist Baa‚Äôth Party, and the Pro-Syrian Baa‚Äôth Party, while within the south the SPLM and its supporters worldwide should have already acquainted themselves with the USAP1 and USAP 2‚ÄĚ (South Sudan Nation, June 20, 2009).
It is the same argument that Mr. Bachech parrots without acknowledging the original source or the author, and he does not fear to attack other intellectuals for being unprofessional!
In his answer to why SPLM-DC was formed in
and not in
, a question that many people use to link SPLM-DC to NCP, Mr. Bachech says, ‚ÄúThe answer is that, SPLM-DC has no link with NCP, it is simple as that. Nonetheless, if we may ask, why was the SPLM/A revolutionary struggle initiated and announced in
? History tells us that most political parties or revolutionary works are primarily formed and waged in exile, especially when the challenged system is an authoritarian, a totalitarian or a dictatorial regime or combination of the three‚ÄĚ (Sudan Tribune, June 26, 2009).
Mr. Bachech thinks that his readers need ‚Äúsimple as that‚ÄĚ answers. One of the readers, who calls himself Wiseman, who commented on Mr. Bachech‚Äôs article says that Mr. Bachech is indirectly acknowledging the link between SPLM-DC and NCP by comparing the formation of SPLM in Ethiopia with the formation of SPLM-DC in Khartoum.
Mr. Wiseman‚Äôs point is that it does not need a rocket scientist to figure out that the example Mr. Bachech gives about the formation of SPLM in Ethiopia links SPLM-DC to NCP because SPLM was getting support from Ethiopian government when it was formed in Ethiopia.
SPLM-DC members might be convinced by the argument that Mr. Bachech makes in his article. But they must also know that we expect more from them because we cannot banish Dr. Akol‚Äôs political records from existence. Mr. Bachech claims that the ‚Äúcompetent‚ÄĚ leadership of Dr. Akol ‚Äúwill not betray the hopes, expectations and goals exceedingly harbored by the marginalized masses of the
But the fact is that Dr. Akol did betray these issues less than 20 years ago. That is why we are careful this time.
Zechariah Manyok Biar is a graduate student at Abilene Christian University, Texas,
and a regular contributor to NSV. He can be reached at [email protected]