Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, covering an immigrant rights rally in Clark Park in southwest Detroit on Oct. 12, 2008. (Photo: Alan Pollock)., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Arabs 'not naive to welcome imperialists'
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:47PM
People in Africa and the Middle East do not welcome the bombing of
their countries by “former colonial powers and imperialist countries
led by the United States,” says a political observer.
“I don't believe for one minute that the people in Africa and the
Middle East are welcoming the bombing of their country by all these imperialists, “Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan African News Wire told Press TV in an interview on Thursday.
Azikiwe said the Arab masses are not “naive” and understand why the US launched military assault in Libya is taking place while it ignores the killings of peaceful Bahraini demonstrators by Bahraini and Saudi military forces.
“It has to be taken into consideration that Libya has the largest known reserves of oil on the African continent” and Washington desires a regime change in Libya to get the control of the North African country's oil.
Bahrain is a different story because “Bahrain is the home of the US 5th Fleet, and the Pentagon has strategic interests in that nation so they [the US government] does not want any type of change in
The editor of the Pan African News Wire noted that the situation
“harkens back to the Berlin conference of 1884 and 1885 where the European imperialist countries actually sat down and carved up a map for the African continent, which reigned for nearly a century.”
Azikiwe pointed out that the US military campaigns in North Africa and Middle East will have a damaging impact “not only on the ability of the United States to have normal relations with people throughout the region but also on the Obama's administration, both domestically and internationally.”