The war on terrorism has in many ways been a war on fundamentalist Islam. But that could be about to change. A new type of state may soon emerge in eastern Africa -- an Islamic nation at peace with the United States. Sudan may soon become the world's second Islamic country (after Saudi Arabia) to officially exist outside of George W. Bush's "axis of evil."
Northern and southern Sudan have been locked in a deadly civil war for 20 years. The two sides are in negotiations this summer, and those talks, the U.S. State Department announced this week, may lead to an agreement by Aug. 14.
Everyone knows nation building is for sissies and not nearly as much fun as blowing things up. And for Republicans, there may be nothing better than capitalizing on war fervor to blow up a union. So it should come as no surprise that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, perhaps bored by the post Iraq-war world, is once again picking fights at the Pentagon.