Southern Sudan produces 480,000 barrels-a-day of oil and if an agreement on sharing the wealth is not amicably resolved with the north the country could return to the civil war that ended in 2005 after 21 years and the loss of almost two million lives.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, warned earlier this month that the world risked "sleepwalking" into a humanitarian disaster as the referendum could lead four million southerners living in the north being forced out.
The Civilian Response Corps has a budget of $100 million and employs a core of 300 people with another 1,000 on standby for operations. It was set up in 2008 with the aim to work alongside the military to stabilise war-torn countries and rebuild nations
As reported at on 1 October 2010 at:
"Energy Dept. Joins Civilian Response Corps The Department of Energy has joined the Civilian Response Corps, the U.S. Government’s expeditionary, interagency civilian force dedicated to conflict prevention, response, and peacebuilding. (See the July 18, 2008, newsletter.) The Energy Department joins the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, and State in the corps to respond to complex crises in countries and regions critical to our national security. "
Make no mistake here: US involvement is all about the oil, and how to extract the maximum amount of it, no matter how this referendum comes down.