Friday, September 09, 2016

African Union: The West’s Gendarme in Africa
By Thomas C. Mountain*

The African Union is the west’s gendarme in Africa with it’s combined
national armed forces increasingly primed to invade and occupy rather
than keep the peace. The latest potential victim of the African Union,
backed by its big brother, the UN, is South Sudan. Before that Burundi
was threatened with invasion by the AU “peacekeepers”. And this is
just the beginning of a list of intended targets and actual invasions
and occupations.

The African Union has its corrupt, western funded hands in almost
every dirty war on the continent, ranging from the invasion of Somalia
(and the subsequent spawning of Al Shabab) to the war in Azawad (Mali)
to the most dirty of them all, the carnage in the Congo.

A lot of flowery rhetoric is spoken by and about the AU but the
historical record tells a far different story. To start with, the AU’s
predecessor, the OAU, was founded in Addis Ababa, the capital of
Ethiopia while Ethiopia was a colonial power fighting an
anti-independence war against the Eritreans, a war that would see
success for Eritrea in 1991. Remember now, the OAU was founded as an
“anti-colonial” organization so heaquartering the organization in
Addis Ababa launched the outfit two faced from the start.

Addis Ababa itself is founded on the Oromian town of Finefine,
captured by Abyssinian Imperialism (Europeans weren’t the only empire
builders in Africa), colonized, and annexed to the ethnic
Amhara/Abyssinian ruled empire.

The Abyssinians, or Ethiopians, colonized the Oromo peoples in the
Horn of Africa along with the Anuak, Bengul, Sidhama, Afars,
Somali/Ogadeni and Tigrayans (amongst others) in creating the modern
Abyssinian empire of the Menelik and Haile Sellasie line which was
ended by the military coup of 1974.

The Oromo, whom make up 40% of the Ethiopian population are the
largest nationality in Africa with their language being the second
most popular on the continent. Colonizing these once proud and mighty
people was no small feat, requiring decades and large  amounts of
european weaponry supplied mainly by the Italians. No matter the
bravery and daring of it’s mounted calvary, for which the Oromos were
greatly feared by their enemies, firearms will eventually overcome
spears and arrows, and the defeat of the Oromo by the Abyssinians
began one of the largest, most barbaric, genocidal even, destruction's
of a people in history.

Off to a bad start the OAU continued through out the 1960’s, 70’s and
80’s to spout righteous words of African independence all the while
overseeing or standing idly buy as western interests raped and
pillaged our continent all in the name of “democracy and sovereignty”.
The OAU actively supported the Ethiopian counter insurgency against
the Eritrean independence fighters right up until Eritrean rebel tanks
drove through the gates of Addis Ababa and chased the Soviet, backed
dictator Mengistu out of the country.

Eventually the OAU morphed into the African Union and its role as the
gendarme in Africa came to the fore. In 1998 Ethiopia invaded Eritrea,
an egregious violation of the AU’s charter never mind Ethiopian goons
ransacking the Eritrean Embassy and brutalizing Eritrean diplomats in
Addis Ababa, all with the quiet acquiesense of the AU leadership.

During the subsequent two year war, while Ethiopian troops were raping
and pillaging their way across the Eritrean countryside the AU sat on
its hands and did nothing to stop this crime, instead secretly
supplied aid and comfort to the Ethiopian regime.

Today, while the western backed Tigrayan ethnic minority regime in
Ethiopia is tottering and its Agazi death squads open fire on Oromo
and Amhara demonstrators, killing thousands across the heart of
Ethiopia, the AU stands silent or when pressed, mutters a few words of
the need for non violence by both sides.

And all the while AU sponsored soldiers in Somalia rape and murder,
sell arms on the black market to their erstwhile enemies, Al Shabab,
and in general smuggle and racketeer with the leadership of the AU
turning a blind eye. And that's just in Somalia, how many other AU
sponsored armies from the Congo to the Central African Republic to
Mali are supposedly “keeping the peace” is some of the most violence
wracked places on the planet?

Being the west’s gendarme in Africa comes with a cost, for where there
is oppression there will be resistance and the AU is heading for a
crisis. It’s host, the Ethiopian regime, seems to be nearing its end
and Africa’s largest nation, the Oromo, have seen the light of
liberation at the end of a long very dark tunnel. The scent of freedom
and independence is in the air mingling with the smoke of street fires
fronting blockaded roads.

Do the western funded AU fat cats at their desks in Addis Ababa think
the eventually independent Oromos will continue to welcome the AU in
their hard won new capital of Finefine a.k.a. Addis Ababa? Or will the
AU,, the west’s gendarme in Africa, call for troops to invade and
occupy a newly independent Oromia? Or any of the rest of the Ethiopian
nationalities crying out for freedom and independence, as they try to
cut themselves loose from the decaying corpse of the Abyssinian

*Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist in Eritrea, living and
reporting from here since 2006. He speeches, interviews and articles
can be seen at thomascmountain on facebook and he can best be reached
at thomascmountain at g mail dot com

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