Libyan military forces stand guard amid increased bombings by the United States-led imperialist onslaught against this North African state. Since March 19 the NATO forces have killed scores of civilians and destroyed government property., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Woe unto Africa as colonialism is reborn!
By Mike Mukula
Posted Monday, June 6 2011 at 00:00
It is now close to four months since the Arab uprisings began. Courtesy of Tweeter, Face book and other social media, some leaders have lost power while others are still on their tenterhooks. Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak are now history while Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh and Bahrain’s King Hamad and his Premier Sheikh Khalifa al-Khalifa are struggling to remain in power.
Elsewhere, leaders in Jordan, Syria,Saudi Arabia and Oman have apparently calmed their angry citizens.
As BBC correspondent Frank Gardner observed, although the riots were due to food prices, corruption and jobs, “well-educated urban young want more than economic comfort... So behind closed doors in gilded palaces and well-guarded mansions, the fundamental question being asked is: What can we give them and still stay in power?... Yemen’s President promised to stand down in 2013, Jordan’s king sacked his Cabinet, Algeria lifted the state of emergency and Saudi Arabia and Bahrain announced lavish handouts of money.”
In my view, while the leaders alluded to have the luxury of toying with what to cede, the story in Libya is different. The Western cabal of France, USA and Britain is hell-bent on forcing Gadaffi out of power.
They mooted the famous 1973 UN resolution against Libya. The driving force behind their intervention is greed for Libya’s oil wealth, hard currency and investments.
France, which mobilised friends, is the largest single importer of Libya’s oil. All this was happening while Ivory Coast was in virtual anarchy. When some Africans complained, the French responded by elbowing its way in and ousting President LaurentGbagbo’s palace.
It is also common knowledge that the political clampdown in Syria, Iran, Yemen, etc, was worse than in Libya. Yet those countries were not bombed. Efforts by African leaders to negotiate a solution to the Libyan conflict have been scoffed at by the trio. Like Somalia, Libyans are homogenous people as in spite of other differences, they are fundamentally Arab and Muslim.
While NATO sponsors and arms to the insurrectionists, Gaddafi has also dished out guns to millions of civilians from his ethnic group. The result is that even if Gaddafi is eventually toppled, there will be a Somalia-like mayhem in Libya.
Western powers war planners must have by now sensed this potential threat, but are seemingly unbothered. Their ultimate prize is oil and massive investments by the Libyan government in Europe, USA, etc.
They will secure the routes through which the oil can be shipped abroad and leave Libyans slaughter themselves!
Re-colonisation has reared its ugly head. Since the era of slave trade, partitioning and colonisation, Africa has been balkanised and rendered hopeless. No single African country can manufacture even a simple item such as a nail cutter!
Instead, we are the largest importers of cheap products from the Eastern and Western hemispheres.How is all this connected to the Libyan crisis, you may ask?
Well, Libya, that produces the best quality oil - sweet oil - has not been selfish to fellow Africans. It is a country that has been investing heavily across Africa.
Libya has directly generated three million jobs across the continent. his renders the conflict in the country a big blow to Africa.
The Western powers are not yet done in their quest to subjugate us and steal our resources. Libya is just the beginning! Did you know that the value of Africa’s underground wealth (minerals, oil and other natural resources) is in the region of $87 trillion?
According to researchers, this value exceeds what the entire Europe is endowed with. Therefore, the threat of subtle and sadistic re-colonisation is not empty talk.
We must be very afraid. But that is not to say our governments should be oblivious of good governance.
Capt. Mukula is the chairman of the Pan-African Movement, Uganda Chapter