Friday, October 05, 2007
Using more than a thousand uncompromising and exclusive photographs taken by former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle during his role as a military observer with the African Union, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK propels the viewer through the tragic impact of an Arab government bent on destroying its black African citizens.The 30-page press packet claims: "This is a crisis based on race and the government is targeting its own citizens." The filmmakers openly associate and cooperate with the decidedly Zionist Save Darfur Coalition. The films definitely calls the conflict "genocide" and former US Marine infantry officer Steidle writes in a book of the same title: "Why was the U.S. letting this happen? I had such faith that the United States government would put an end to the violence if only it had accurate and complete information."
Steidle came to prominence via the good graces of Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, who magnanimously wrote last year: "Africa desperately needs Western help in the form of schools, clinics and sweatshops." The Philadelphia Weekly describes Steidle as "a gung-ho, battle-scarred 27-year-old vet" but doesn't say where he got his battle scars. I've now listened to two interviews with Steidle and he doesn't say either and, curiously, neither of the interviewers asked him about his service in the US Marines.
On his personal web site, Steidle urges readers to:
Ask our government to support four things:US-backed no-fly zones and economic sanctions killed hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Iraqis after the first US Gulf War and laid the groundwork for the US to invade that country in 2003. And last August, Steidle told the Guardian that he found an "al-Qaida training camp" in Sudan. Make no mistake the leaders of the Darfur campaign are gunning for an imperialist war in Sudan and now is the time to mobilize against it.
1) Deployment of a UN protection force
2) No-fly zone to stop the aerial attacks
3) Economic and military sanctions on Sudan
4) Cooperate with the International Criminal Court
Update: For a leaflet that you can hand out at "Save Darfur" rallies, screenings of The Devil Came on Horseback, etc., go here (PDF).