The significant alignment of forces behind the governments facing popular uprisings in Southern Africa shows the powers behind the NATO in bed with the regimes under fire. It bears the same similarities with the patterns we saw in Tunisia and in Egypt. How do you expect France and the US to team up with rebels to remove the dictatorial regime of Djibouti winch has been kind enough to offer Camp Lemonier as a military base for France, and the only one for the US Africa Command on the continent?
Contrary to the spin that Africans South of the Sahara are reluctant to lend support to the NATO mission of regime change in Libya by military means, is because these regimes are corrupt and dictatorial and fear a similar fate that has befallen Gadaffi, what we are seeing increasingly is bee-line of some of the most attrocious and outrageous dictators currently facing unrests, who are supporting the NATO initiatives.
Senegal’s 84 year old Abdulai Wade, who has filled all the “lucrative ministries” with his four sons, and wants his son … to succeed him as the next President of Senegal to the obvious popular disapproval of the Senegalese people was the staunchest of supporters of the Western-backed Ouattara in La Cote d’Ivoire. Burkina Faso played a pivotal role in misdirecting ECOWAS to get involved militarily in La Cote d’Ivoire in support of Ouattara.
Thus contrary to the notion that much of the resistance is coming from “undemocratic Africa”, what I am seeing is that whilst African democracies like Ghana and South Africa are becoming increasing responsive to authentic African voices and are moving away from supporting obvious imperialist military adventures to secure Africa’s oil and other natural resources, ahead of any fair completion with China, simply because they cannot beat China’s willingness and ability to pay a fair price.
Those African regimes lining up to recognize the National Transitional Council, NTC, are some of the most undemocratic and corrupt regimes on the entire continent. Togo, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, can never be called democracies! and their support for the NATO led regime change in Libya detracts rather than add any respectability to the NTC in the eyes of Africans.
The sad fact that is emerging is that whilst genuine democratic aspirations of ordinary Africans in the street is being brutally suppressed with all the major Western powers turning a blind eye, we are also being called upon to support the Western-backed “rebels” who not clearly know where their military bread is being buttered, but who to benefit from the oil.
The popular struggles already ignited in sub-Saharan Africa, which is fuelled by human rights abuses, degradations of the environment by giant multinational corporations, and attempts to perpetuate the rule of Western puppet regimes, shall be continuously ignored by the Western media, their politicians and businessmen. But if anybody is thinking Africa is just a piece of cake and can do whatever they wish without any respect to the wishes and aspirations of Africa, they better think again! The story is now slowly emerging, and the world shall hear and listen to the voiceless millions of Africans who yearn for genuine democracy.
Paul Jay asks Firoze Manji, Editor-In-Chief of the Pambazuka News: “Northern Africa is not the only part in Africa where uprisings are taking place. In countries like Swaziland, Gabon, Cameroun, Djibouti, and Burkina Faso, we’ve seen massive student uprisings and workers’ demonstrations brutally suppressed in most cases.”
It is very significant to note that three out of five of these countries, Gabon, Djibouti, and Burkina Faso have systematically towed and supported the Western-backed rebels both in La Cote d’Ivoire and in Libya.
“Democratic uprisings brutally suppressed in many African countries” – Firoze Manji, Editor-In-Chief of the Pambazuka News. http://www.pambazuka.org/en