Archive | March, 2013

Foreign Interventions and Double Standards

16 Mar

Following the firm establishment of the new world economic and political order in East-South-Central Africa from Somalia, Zimbabwe to Congo DR, the next theater of operations is in North-West-Central Africa. The geopolotical and strategic stakes in the Gulf of Guinea are such that to Counter China’s increasing foothold in the sub-region, soft-power politics is shelved in favour hard-power. With eyes on Nigeria as a key player in the continent’s future economy and political breakthrough, the blight being cast now by religious extremists and the excuses for intervention seem to mismatch each other. Watch-out, Nigeria is being encircled for the containment of its simulated implosive explosion either by proxies or directly.
After the French military adventure in Cote d’Ivoire and their defense hypothesis testing in Libya, the French are on military tourism in Mali with plans to rejuvenate the carcasses of their former colonial legacies of French West and Equatorial Africa. Over the pond, America just annexed Niger with 100 commandos, as French legionnaires from their dominion of Chad have declared a protectorate over North Cameroon, the ideal point of entrance into Central Africa. With all the sub-regions hosting foreign military commands and drone bases, how much louder can African states or the African Union wail amid the shrieks of NGO’s, the hissing of multinational corporations, the chatter of Western firepower or the roar of the Asian Cats? It’s just a matter of time, new front-line republics and symbols of sovereignty are going to appear.

You see what happens when you constantly threaten a country with war and sanction them? you push them to a corner and they become desperate and that leads them to defense innovation and the most developed survival instincts. if North Korea, Zimbabwe, Libya or the other branded pariah states gets militarily sophisticated and immune to international law or let’s say Iran ever gets a nuclear bomb, it will all be 100% the fault of the unguarded guardian states. Scapegoating all the rise of Terrorism in the Southern world now by the nickname ”Islamist”. Sorry you can’t push people into a tight corner and expect them to keep still or quiet! It’s either they turn against their leaders as you wish or worse case side with them to label you the real oppressor.

Balance of Power means Balance of Threat. The lessons learnt by sanctioned states after the Libya coup is that the best way to stay secure is to have the military ability to deter and international police. The French ‘liberation’ in Mali, has not eliminated militant groups but has merely pushed them into different countries, a future excuse to launch another campaign. How do you win such a war when the goal is to plant your values and establish dependent systems? By creating a cycle of conflict.Given the endless reports about emerging economies and projected growth booms, there’s a covert resource war going on and every hegemony is seeking to get a foothold in this zone. Remind, why did Iran become an international bad boy again?

After the military campaigns in Ivory Coast, Libya, Mali and covertly in Niger these past months, the hydra has now spread its tentacles to Cameroon. French special forces have arrived northern Cameroon today and France has asked its nationals as well to leave north Cameroon after a French tourist family of seven kidnapped near the Cameroon-Nigeria border by radical religious militants.
The French ploy to recolonize Africa with its resource and “Islamist” war agenda is well on schedule. Thousands are dying because one man denied being a neo-colonial puppet! Sorry for the French citizens though.

 our discussion is not about the kidnapping but rather we’re reacting to French adventures in Africa and the impact it has on the affected countries. I agree with the French on halting radical militant activities and condemn kidnapping or the targeting of persons as a tactic. my bone of contention is with the free riding self-serving French policy towards Africa. don’t Africans go or live in France? but what are their living standards? Does an African mugged by skin-heads in a French banlieue get the same treatment from his country or French authorities as a French will get in Africa? the French wouldn’t hesitate to bomb 100 Africans to smithereens to secure 1 French national. that’s why their special forces can move in on us but our officially invited president to France can’t get welcome by his host the French president. 
I say TOURISM to satisfy some over-paid expatriate can go to hell when 7 Cameroonians die from a fire caused by electricity failure, goods rot as businesses grind to a halt from a power outage and a patient dies in surgery from electricity failure…and our leaders don’t mention them in their public address or warn the multinational monopoly to better its service delivery, yet just one week after, a French tourist family of 7 is taken hostage alive and it becomes global breaking news to a point where our government deploys a military battalion and arsenal when it can’t do same for its citizens in same situations. Does this mean French citizens are more worthy than us? i ask again!
I’ll prefer us to be economically better without a single tourist visiting, than to be most visited like Tanzania and yet more foreign aid dependent. kidnapped citizens or not, French policy has alienated many from their governments and radicalized them. The kidnapping is the spark that swings the patrimonial machine into action. What if Gbagbo and Gaddafi were left alone? 

We cannot wish for French or citizens of any nationality to be kidnapped on our soil. the point most folks are vexed with here is the legacy of France’s colonial rule and continuous interference in the political life of its former colonies. Isn’t it strange how militants have suddenly been on the rise this last decade? something or someones policies have caused them into action. and until the French realize that, all they’ll keep on doing is to hop from one militant zone to the next. If you play the righteous one always, the unrighteous would get disenchanted and weary of you.

Well considering that the French ‘tricolor’ is flying higher than the Malian flag now, the price of liberation is the reinforcement of the patrimonial system. Image cleansing after Libya. Even though the French have called for dialogue and plan a quick withdrawal, the task of reconstruction and development cooperation shall go back to them. I’m repulsed by the inaction and feet dragging shown by the African forces during this campaign. Now Mali will listen to Paris more than Addis-Ababa… do you get the blur picture i have in mind?

Equally shameful is the case of Bozize in Centrafrique who begged the French to recolonize them, even going as far as calling them ‘Cousins’. Reminds me of Bokassa and the birth his empire with French technocrats. I mean observe from Gabon, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, Libya and Mali, it seems France is returning through the door once more to French West Africa. With talks of Drone bases, AFRICOM and other forms of deployment in the pipeline by vanguard countries, i don’t see an early end to conflict hot-spots. It’s either the 100 US commandos in Central Africa are scouts or how can one explain the fact that Seleka rebels overran the country and didn’t come upon Kony even once while US commandos have been trailing for months now. The motives are clouded in abstraction and the talk of the UN increasing it’s forces and procuring drones in East Congo makes me think like they’re doing but a geologic research!

It’s been several days now since the French launched their campaign to rid Mali of radical religious militants.The ECOWAS was caught off guard,which explains their feet dragging antics or careful vigilance to deploy the pledged troops. I am impressed with the Chadians whom despite having domestic crises of their own and belonging to the CEMAC zone,have sent troops to Mali and the Central Africa Republic. Some retards in Algeria show their sympathy for the anarchists in Mali by kidnapping and dying along with many of their hostages. It’s a shame a state like Cameroon always opts for political neutrality and a non confrontation foreign policy has dispatched a scout contingent to Bangui.

The reality is that the French aren’t altruistic. At the end of the day all reconstruction contracts will go to their companies.but for now they’re under responsibility to halt the terrorist threat from consuming the sub region as well as its spill overs into the EU Zone.for now Mali badly needs to return to political stability.  The feet dragging of the ECOWAS and UNSC since the militants took over in April 2012 is truly saddening. With the timetable for the African ECOMOG forces intervention set for September 2013, it was too idealist of them. If the militants could use one month to seize half of the country, imagine what they’ll do before September! for 9 months now all attempts at peaceful resolution have failed and with the militants bent on matching on Bamako, it was time someone did something to halt them. The African bloc must be at the vanguard to make sure that the French stick to their mandate as liberators because anything after that is the pursuit of interests. As such the AU and its regional blocs must take a tough and decisive role in the post-conflict fate of Mali.


In another developing story, a Cameroonian film-maker goes missing after producing a very satirical movie about the current regime. After his presumed abduction following a series of anonymous threats on his life and those of his collaborators, a media backlash is unleashed upon government officials and diplomatic missions. In response, France’s ambassador to Cameroon banned a screening of the yet to be released movie at the French Cultural Institute in Yaoundé because France did not want to meddle in Cameroon’s internal affairs. 

Champions of democracy and freedoms in Africa indeed!!!

So I ask again what is the difference between peace and/or war to Cameroonians? Aren’t they becoming synonymous? The use of fear to stifle debate that is contrary to regime agenda is so deeply engraved in Cameroonians psyche such that any dissenting voice is  silenced and accused of steering trouble and incitement for disorder, not by regime lackeys and cronies but rather by the now inherently phobic and politically apathetic citizens.

Now let us ask Mr. French Ambassador how is Cameroon different from Libya, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic and Mali? Were their issues not internal too before they intervened? Double standards!!! I wish all those Breaking News medias and expert human rights NGOs and activists can take up these university cinematography students cause  with the same enthusiasm they demonstrate for other causes.

By Nwanatifu Nwaco