South Sudan Celebrates Independence Thanks to Efforts By George W. Bush

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir wore his black hat given to him by former President George W. Bush as he signed the interim Constitution.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (C) walks during the Independence Day ceremony in Juba July 9, 2011. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese danced and cheered as their new country formally declared its independence on Saturday, a hard-won separation from the north that also plunged the fractured region into a new period of uncertainty. (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

South Sudan celebrated its independence today thanks to US president George W. Bush.
The New York Times reported, via Ace of Spades:

Christian groups had been championing the southern Sudanese since the 19th century. And their efforts paid off in 2000 when George W. Bush was elected president of the United States. He elevated Sudan to the top of his foreign policy agenda, and in 2005, the American government pushed the southern rebels and the central government — both war weary and locked in a military stalemate — to sign a comprehensive peace agreement that guaranteed the southerners the right to secede.

On Saturday, one man held up a sign that said “Thank You George Bush.”

The American-backed treaty set the stage for a referendum this January in which southerners voted by 98.8 percent for independence.

At 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, the southerners officially proclaimed their freedom…

…South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, wearing his signature black cowboy hat given to him by Mr. Bush, signed the interim Constitution. Then the speeches began.

George W. Bush liberated more than 50,000,000 people during his time in office. Today the people of South Sudan were liberated thanks to his efforts.


A man prays at the John Garang Mausoleum before the Independence Day celebrations in South Sudan’s capital Juba, July 9, 2011. Tens of thousands of South Sudanese danced and cheered as their new country formally declared its independence on Saturday. (REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya)

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  • karra

    Well now – however will Barry Soetoro spin this I wonder.

  • dnb

    Where there is faith, there will be freedom.

  • toongoon

    “George W. Bush liberated more than 50,000,000 people during his time in office.”

    Must be one the things zero is HOPING to CHANGE. !

  • a former dem

    This is the christian nation, correct? Watch them thrive in freedom, I remember reading so many articles where the muslims slaughtered so many christians in so many villages.

    Yes, it was GWB who was a strong advocate for this. I regret not realising this when I was protesting against GWB, history indeed will look at GWB much more fairly than when he was actually in office.

    Under Barry Soetero, more people will see their chances for freedom and self determination diminsh.

  • RedBeard

    This will make the afro-centric American nut cases even crazier, knowing that all those black Africans are free due largely to George Bush. I can only imagine what Calypso Louie Farrakhan is discussing with his lieutenants, in terms of how to turn this good development into another way to bash Bush.

  • Chap

    Note the cowboy hat Salva Kiir’s wearing. He got one from GWB when Bush invited him to the White House after Garang was killed. Kiir went all over the US to visit the Dinka diaspora and gather support from the South Sudan refugees in places like Omaha and Austin.

    Looks like that hat is now a trademark, I guess…

  • Druid

    Not to be a buzz-kill, but Kiir has more than one black hat…

    http://mideasti.blogspot.com/2011/01/salva-kiirs-black-stetson.html

  • RedBeard

    #7: Wow! What a startling revelation, that the man has more than one hat. Thanks for that game changing info. It puts the whole freedom-for-a-new-country thing in a new light, and removes the credit from that eveeeeel George Bush.

    Whew! Close call. For a while there, I thought we might actually need to thank Bush for his assistance in helping to free a nation, but now……. [insert rolling eyes icon here]

  • MrGoodWench

    So did George Clooney participate in the festivities of an independent country ? Any Hollywood idiot who was there ? Will someone in the media enlighten us about it ??

  • gus

    Since Obama has been President EVERYTHING has turned to sh!t.

    This is finally something to be joyous over.

  • James

    God bless you President George W. Bush, the greatest president in american history. obama couldn’t carry your jock strap.

  • WillofLa

    The main difference between Southern Sudan’s independence and America’s independence is that it didn’t take the efforts of another country in order to secure that independence. There was just as much bloodshed here as there was in Sudan, but it wasn’t just a waste of time to fight. You were going to be defeated anyway by the military of the North. They were probably getting arms from the Middle East, or from the Congo or some other whacko’s who love war and death more than life and freedom to be free of war.

    We are at war here in America, but it’s a different kind of war and I doubt that there will be any other country coming to our aid. And that’s just the point. I’m really surprised that every liberal isn’t celebrating the independence of the Southern Sudinese because isn’t that sort of thing right up their alley? The liberation of a oppressed people were liberated without the use of America’s military might, that liberals have such distain for. Liberals should be giving Bush huge accolades for what he did, but what do we hear? Nothing but crickets! No, they wouldn’t even begin to give Bush any attention for ending some of the worse bloody African wars that we’ve heard about, some for the better part of our lives that has been going on. You would think that what Southern Sudan is celebrating would be the kind of thing that liberalism is all about.

    Except there’s only one thing about what Bush did and what liberals did. Bush gave 50 million people a chance to be free and liberals didn’t. That’s the difference between what actually gets done by one political group and another. For years conservatives, Republican’s have been blamed for the “takeover” of other countries by force of our military. This of course is a lie. America never “takes over” any country who asks us to come help them throw out some invader. We do it for humanity and not for the kinds of reasons liberals always claim they would do it. The problem is liberals never do any kind of liberating of enslaved peoples anywhere in the world, and never have. Oh, but they have plenty of critisim of what Republican’s do in order to free people of other nations who have lived under supression all their lives, and it takes sometimes action on our parts that the left see as our unilateral invasion of another nation. Even when liberal Democrats know that we were justified to go into some country and help them, they still call it “invasion”, and “taking over” of some country, and the “helpless” people who live there.

    Southern Sudan is an example of what can be done with talks with a people who are fed up with war. To bad that is not the case with some country like Afghanistan. Obviously those people don’t mind having endless war going on in their country, otherwise they would have ended war in their country a long time ago. Arab Muslims love war and death. Don’t they all agree that they love death more than we love life? That is what they say. Appearently these Sudinese don’t hold that attitude towards always seeing their loved ones being destroyed, is that why they have so many kids all the time, so that they can replace the ones who were killed in endless and worthless wars all the time against the infedels, or maybe against those of their own religion who they believe don’t believe like they do? What a sorry excuse for war.

    But liberals didn’t lift a hand to free these people because they don’t want to be accused of being called “racists” for waring against Black Muslims. I don’t think all of them are Muslims but maybe some of them are Christian. That’s how it goes in those countries. I am glad that these people are celebrating their freedom. I guess for the first time in a long time we should look to those people for our inspiration in freeing ourselves from the gloved fist of the left and their minons of Black Panthers, the Black race in general, and supporters from Mexico, and Muslims. See, you won’t see the freeing of people’s coming from the left. What you will see is liberals using other people’s taking over this country because the left doesn’t have the guts to come out in public and tell the American people what they are really doing because they know we wouldn’t put up with it for a second. So they are using other races to do their dirty work. To bad they don’t know the value of the freedom America has given other races of people from other countries, and we can’t seem to free ourselves from people of our own race who are in process of enslaving us.

  • Druid

    RedBeard, instead of rolling your eyes maybe you should point them forward and look at what is written and not what you want (i.e.: don’t be a knee-jerk liberal or whatever) – This article you are reading starts off saying that Kiir is wearing the hat Bush gave him (which Kiir was known to have worn for years). Does not mean that is the hat he is wearing in the pic above, especially considering that poser John Kerry got Kiir to take off the Stetson that Bush gave him.

    Gus, “Since Obama has been President EVERYTHING has turned to sh!t.”
    As the Bush administration engineered treaties in Sudan which virtually guaranteed independence for the South, the Reverse Midas did not even touch this issue. Well, aside from reading the prepared statement recognizing their statehood that Bush left in the Oval Office desk.

  • MrGoodWench

    gus commented:
    Since Obama has been President EVERYTHING has turned to sh!t.
    +++++++
    Sorry but I beg to differ.
    Obama has added on to everything that Bush left him with, and in the process he has fulfilled his promise to fundamentally transform the United States of America.
    For example, Bush left him with an unemployment rate of less than 6%, Obama added on it to make it 9.2%.
    Bush left him with much much less than a trillion dollar deficit, Obama added trillions and trillions to that.
    Bush left us with average gas price of barely $3, Obama took it and made it shoot up to $4 and even $5 in CA.
    Bush left with 2 wars, Obama added atleast 2 more and counting .
    Obama has also added on to the number of Republicans in Congress as compared to what Bush left us with .
    In addition to all that, Obama has added to the number of foreclosed homes, number of failed banks, number of closed businesses, vacancy rates of commercial properties…you name it, Obama has added to the numerical value of everything .
    I can go on and on..but you get the picture 😉 😉

  • Jim

    So this time, it really is Bush’s fault…

    God bless you President Bush. I have no doubt history will be far kinder to you and your legacy than your current crop of irrational hateful critics.

  • RedBeard

    #13: Druid, I’m happy to admit if I’m wrong. If I inferred the wrong thing from your post, and from the tenor of the link you provided (bashing Neocons and the Christian Right for crediting Bush) then what was your point about the multiple hats being a “buzzkill?”

  • http://www.sonoranalliance.com wanumba

    #7 July 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm
    Druid commented:
    Not to be a buzz-kill, but Kiir has more than one black hat
    ……………………

    George Bush gave him the Stetson (maybe Resistol?) six ago. It HAS been Kiir’s trademark. Sen. John Kerry presented him a brand new look-alike in January six months ago during the weekend of the Referendum vote.

    Kerry showed up for a few days, Bush showed up for a lifetime. Guess what Kiir really values?

  • Hank

    All obambi voters no doubt.

  • http://www.sonoranalliance.com wanumba

    #13 July 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Druid commented:
    Gus, “Since Obama has been President EVERYTHING has turned to sh!t.”
    As the Bush administration engineered treaties in Sudan which virtually guaranteed independence for the South, the Reverse Midas did not even touch this issue
    …………….

    The reverse Midas touch did touch Abeyi. The current administration will not draw any attention to the fail of their bungling intervention there.

  • http://www.sonoranalliance.com wanumba

    #12 July 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm
    WillofLa commented:
    The main difference between Southern Sudan’s independence and America’s independence is that it didn’t take the efforts of another country in order to secure that independence. There was just as much bloodshed here as there was in Sudan, but it wasn’t just a waste of time to fight. You were going to be defeated anyway by the military of the North. They were probably getting arms from the Middle East, or from the Congo or some other whacko’s who love war and death more than life and freedom to be free of war.
    …………………………….

    Sorry. Your entire analysis is wrong, on facts, on cruel suppositions.

  • http://www.sonoranalliance.com wanumba

    AMerica’s media’s worthless:

    Billions can go a lifetime and never see anything like this

    BBC photos:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14094455

    BBC raising the flag in Juba:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14094497

  • http://www.sonoranalliance.com wanumba

    #18 July 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm
    Hank commented:
    All obambi voters no doubt.
    ……………………………

    They declared a national holiday for George W. Bush’s re-election. They KNOW who have helped them when no one else would.

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  • MrGoodWench

    wanumba commented:
    They declared a national holiday for George W. Bush’s re-election. They KNOW who have helped them when no one else would.
    ++++
    What is this world coming to ?
    In just one week, we have had the Brits putting up a statue of Reagan,
    Albanians putting up a statue of GW Bush,
    and now South Sudan celebrating their independence and honoring Bush….
    all this while Obama is in the WH ? Oh my 😀
    The petulant man-child must be soooooo p1$$d

  • Druid

    “what was your point about the multiple hats being a “buzzkill?”

    The reason I linked that particular article is that it covered a lot of ground on the first question that came to my mind – “Is Kiir still wearing that same Stetson that Bush gave him? Must be getting quite funky by now…”

    Now, it would be pretty cool if Kiir is still wearing that funky old hat, even more so if he took it off the shelf just for THIS event (which would obviously be a special hat-tip to Bush).

    Unfortunately, we cannot assume that the stetson worn during the signing ceremony is the one gifted by Bush. It is still an interesting factoid that Bush, through Kiir, is turning South Sudan into a little bit of Texas / USA and that is something.

    With respect, I think the first line of the article may be making a bit of an assumption that it is the hat that Bush gave Kiir.

    (If you got time to kill, Check out Getty Images, quite a few home made cowboy hats)

  • Liberals SUCK

    This is wonderful! I’ve been following this story for several months and every time I read about their new found independence I just smile. Seriously, George W. Bush may have made some bad decisions – but the decision to help these people is nothing but totally awesome! Hopefully now the Muslim north will stop attacking them and they can live in peace and their children can have a ‘hope’ – instead of capture and slavery for the muslims.

  • http://www.sonoranalliance.com wanumba

    From the looks of it, it’s probably the new hat. Not sure Kerry would have given Kiir a new Stetson if he’d been clued to who gave Kiir a cowboy hat in the first place.

    Think, African South Sudan President Salva Kiir is the owner of two cowboy hats from two men, one a US president, the other the presidential challenger. Anyone figure how much those two hats are now worth having sat on the head of the first president of the world’s newest country?

  • L.E. Liesner

    Now I wonder who is going to support this new government for the next 20 years. If it’s anything like the Palestinian one we will really be broke.

  • http://www.sonoranalliance.com wanumba

    #28 July 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm
    L.E. Liesner commented:
    Now I wonder who is going to support this new government for the next 20 years. If it’s anything like the Palestinian one we will really be broke.
    ……………………….. …..

    ABout 50% of South Sudan’s population is children, many of widows – a huge population anomoly created by war, and those families do need HELP.

    There is ONE group the Bible expressly exorts people to aid: “Help the widow and orphan in their affliction.”

    The Palestinian crisis is a fake, alwasy has been. This is the REAL DEAL. Helping this generation survive until the population anomoly of widows and orphans works its way out over the next twenty years would be a commitment blessed by God.

  • John Difool

    I wonder where George Bush’ Nobel Peace Prize Is ?

  • Valerie

    Interesting. Look at the color of these people. Unless these pictures are off, they are considerably darker than most African-Americans. Indeed, some of them actually look black.

    This is why I don’t believe “black” children have any statistically lesser or different intelligence from white kids in the US. Most of our black kids are already genetically mixed.

  • Molon Labe

    Great another nation that will be begging for US freebies.

    Its great to see what George Bush thought was so important that he could ignore Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. But then again he gave most of his energy to AMNESTY.

    Remember everybody George Bush loves Romney.

  • squeaky
  • squeaky

    [[[South Sudan can survive on credit, using its oil as collateral, if the north goes ahead with its threat to block pipelines after the south secedes on Saturday or if war between them breaks out again, officials told Reuters.]]]
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/08/us-sudan-south-oil-idUSTRE76777720110708

  • John Difool

    The South has 85% of the former countries oil wealth. No way the Arabs in the North are gonna stand for that.

  • squeaky

    [[The south produces about three quarters of Sudan’s roughly 500,000 barrels of oil output and depends on oil for 98 percent of its revenue. The south funnels its oil through northern pipelines to Sudan’s only commercial port on the Red Sea coast.]] and who has entered partnership with sudan for oil – china.

  • http://www.sonoranalliance.com wanumba

    If the Democrats weren’t trying to nationalize our oil companies instead of leaving them alone, South Sudan would have no problem and would favor American companies, but our companies are artifically handicapped when competing with other countries which are aggressively developing oil markets.
    Why should a place like South Sudan have only the Chinese to contract with to develop their oil fields? It’s not happening for no reason. DEMOCRATS level the playing field for the CHinese, not our own companies.

  • http://www.sonoranalliance.com wanumba

    31 July 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm
    Valerie commented:
    Interesting. Look at the color of these people. Unless these pictures are off, they are considerably darker than most African-Americans. Indeed, some of them actually look black.

    This is why I don’t believe “black” children have any statistically lesser or different intelligence from white kids in the US. Most of our black kids are already genetically mixed
    ………..
    Um. They are VERY BLACK. Many South Sudanese are bi-lingual and tri-lingual. Many are illiterate thanks to Khartoum bombing out their schools and towns during 50 years of civil war. Illiterate simply means they have had no opportunity to be taught how to read and write.
    WE however have kept kids in schools for 12 years and didn’t teach them to read and write. Our Black so-called leadership whinges that learning even proper English is too much for our black kids. Low performance in the black community is artifically induced from toxic politics, not genetic. This same low performance is now being inflicted on the white population.

    Do we have anyone who can debate in two languages the way South Sudan’s Peter Bondi Bashir does?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYWXKMfJdaY

  • Francesca

    I miss W.

  • bg

    ++

    God Bless South Sudan, Godspeed to
    Salva Kiir, and all the little Bush’s.. :-)

    ==

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  • bg

    ++

    wanumba #21 & #39

    nice links, thanks..

    ==

  • James

    To Molon Abe, President George W. Bush was the only one who didn’t ignore fannie mae and freddie mac. In 2003 President Bush warned of its excesses and tried to reform them through legislation. The dems shot it down and did what they always do, they called Bush and the republicans rascists for not wanting minorities to own homes. The dems pushed lenders to make loans to people with bad credit and created the foundation for the housing bubble and financial melt down. The dems always put politics ahead of the country. But it must be Bush’s fault since chris matthews says so.

  • Tjexcite

    What do you mean a new independent country. Don’t they have to fire rocket at the other side for 50 years and threatened to drive them in to the sea. Call them oppresses and have suicides bombers in their markets so they have to set up check points to stop the bombs and call it apartheid. Then the UN declares them and forces a two state solution and they get attacked from all sides at once Then the one leader who should stand with them tell them to go back to the indefensible boarders 1948-1967 or someting like that.

  • Joanne

    God please protect them from those heathen muslims to the north.

  • AuntieMadder

    So, this one really is Bush’s fault.

    Way to go, GW Bush.

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  • Molon Labe

    #44

    Do you honesty believe that Bush paid more attention to Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac then he did to AMNESTY?

    If so I have some great seaside property in Utah for you cheap.

    When a president has the wrong priorities the nation suffers. Only a Bushie would have believed that democracy could take root in Iraq or Afghanistan. Anyone who has lived in the Middle East knows that democracy is the opposite of whatIslam preaches and therefore has little prospect of success.

  • mamagriz68

    Just pray for these people. The peaceful Muslims to the north are going to keep coming at them.

  • MVH

    This is a slap in the face of those Arab/Muslim carpetbaggers and their ChiCom masters!

    May G-d bless Southern Sudan and George W. Bush!

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  • Cylon

    And it’ll last for maybe 10 years, then the muslims will take it back and the “fun” starts again. Africa is lost. Let’s build a huge fence around it, throw in a few thousands guns and ammo, and let them “play” with each other. Solves the problem.

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  • James Joseph Styles

    It is a long time since I was in Juba in 1980. I wish I had been able to make it to the independence celebrations! It has been my view for a long time that the African part of Sudan needed independence from the north.

    I hope that the South Sudanese people can be happy!

    Congratulations to the new nation and its people!

    Regards to Karima.