African leaders cannot fool us on the West’s double standards on Gaddafi

THE leaders of several African countries, including Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and have condemned the air strikes on Libya.\r\nUganda's President Yoweri Museveni has written a lengthy newspaper article accusing the West of double standards.

He was one of five African leaders tasked with finding a solution to the crisis, whose mission to Tripoli was called off when the air strikes began.

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma was also on the African Union panel.

Although South Africa voted in favour of UN resolution 1973, which authorised military action to protect civilians, Mr Zuma has also criticised the air strikes, suggesting they were part of a "regime-change doctrine".

Three African countries — Gabon, Nigeria and South Africa, all non-permanent members of the UN Security Council — voted for the resolution to impose a no-fly-zone in Libya.

Western leaders have said the strikes will not target Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi but they do think he should step down.

Mr Zuma called for an immediate ceasefire and "rejected any foreign intervention, whatever its form". The actions of the Western countries in Iraq and now Libya are emphasizing that might is ‘right’" He warned the countries taking action in Libya "they should not harm or endanger the civilians that Resolution 1973 sought to protect".

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, a long-standing critic of the West, has also condemned the air strikes, saying the conflict is really about control of Libya’s oil wealth.

Namibia’s President Hifikepunye Pohamba agreed, calling the bombardment" interference in internal affairs of Africa".

The African Union has also called for an end to military intervention in Libya.

Col Gaddafi enjoyed strained relations with many African leaders, who disagreed with his plans to create a United States of Africa, with a single government, currency and army. But he was one of the biggest financial contributors to the African Union.

In his article in the New Vision newspaper, Mr Museveni questioned why there was no military intervention to help the protesters in pro-Western Bahrain. He also said the intervention would lead to an arms race. "The actions of the Western countries in Iraq and now Libya are emphasizing that might is ‘right,’" he wrote. "I am quite sure that many countries that are able will scale up their military research and in a few decades we may have a more armed world. Mr Museveni called for dialogue to solve the crisis.

Are you fooled by these African leaders? Well, don’t!

Don’t be fooled by these African leaders because everyday, they practice double standards and in most cases engage the West when it suits them.

Just a few weeks ago they backed the losing candidate leader in Ivory Coast and condemned the guy who won the elections into no man’s land.

Mugabe, the African wars and skulduggeries

Rolling back the clock; In 1998, at the invitation of France and Belgium, the Zimbabwean government deployed troops in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to assist Laurent Kabila depose Mobuto.

President Robert Mugabe became the self annointed and most ardent supporter of intervention on Laurent Kabila’s behalf.

As is the case in current Libyan conflict, with rebels’ planned march from Benghazi-to-Tripoli, Mugabe backed Eastern rebels to launch an assault towards the Capital, Kinshasa and in the process many lives were lost and gross human right abuses are well documented in UN records.

The writer of this article, lost his brother who had just joined the Zimbabwean national army and soon after 6 months training he was deployed to the frontline in DRC were he got killed and the family in Harare harassed and asked not to conduct a public funeral.

Although, the official position said Kabila was later killed in DRC, some intelligence reports say a bodyguard shot and wounded Laurent Kabila in an assassination attempt on 16 January 2001 in Zimbabwe. Two days later Kabila died from his injuries, and what happened thereafter remains a mystery, but how a President of DRC, who was alleged to have died in DRC, ended up in a military mortuary Commando barracks in Harare and the Defence Minister at the time Moven Mahachi, Mahachi told the Zimbabwe State media that Kabila had died, only to retracted it a few hours later and President Mugabe’s confidante, Emmerson Mnangagwa assumed the official position, saying Kabila was still alive.

The Defence Minister Moven Mahachi later died in a mysterious car-crash.

It is unknown who ordered the killing but most feel Kabila was eliminated by some dark forces who thought he was leaning towards the US-British governments abandoning France, Belgium and their African allies. On the day he was shot President Mugabe was attending an African-French speaking Summit in Cameroon attended by the French President Jacques Chirac. Mugabe was the only none French speaking Head of State.

Youweri Museveni, the chief of double standard

Ugandan President Yoweri is the chief of Double-Standards. Last year, he was exposed by wikileaks asking for the US radar surveillance protection because he feared the Libyan leader Colonel Mammaur Gaddafi was plotting to shoot down his Presidential plane

Museven has also accused Gaddafi for sponsoring terrorists behind the bombing and killing of 75 people watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup football in Kampala last year.

Museveni’s legendary public fallout with Gaddafi is well documented and at the AU Summit in Kampala, Uganda last year, his bodyguards were involved in a fierce fist-fight with Gaddafi’s men.

The pair has fallen-out over two issues, one involving the Ugandan forces fighting rebels Al Shabaab (believed to be sponsored by Gaddafi) in Somalia, and the other issue is Museveni’s remarkable resistance to Gaddafi’s United States of Africa.

The African Union and its complicity

When the 15th biennial African Union summit in Kampala, Uganda ended on July 27, 2010, there were mixed results regarding support for U.S. and Western European plans to escalate foreign military intervention in nearby Somalia.

The 35 African heads of state present at the three-day meeting were reported to have authorized the deployment of 2,000 more African troops to back up the Western-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Mogadishu, Somalia and to bring the full complement of forces doing so to 8,000, but the new contingent were to consist solely of troops from Uganda and Burundi, which supply the approximately 6,000 already serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

AMISOM is the successor to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Peace Support Mission in Somalia (IGASOM) set up in 2005 by the six-member group which includes Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda and which also was to have provided 8,000 troops for deployment to Somalia.

In late 2006 U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa to plan the earlier IGASOM operation and in January of 2007 Uganda pledged its first troops which, along with those included in a reported offer by Nigeria, were to total 8,000.

The African Union (AU) initially approved AMISOM on January 19, 2007 and granted it a six-month mandate. In July of 2010 the real prime movers behind the mission, the U.S. and its NATO allies in the European Union, pushed for an escalation of armed intervention in Somalia with more Western-trained Ugandan troops conducting open combat operations: Changing the mandate from, to use the terms employed to mask military aggression, peacekeeping to peace enforcement.

The first attempt by the U.S. and its non-African allies to enforce a compliant government in the Horn of Africa nation, Ethiopia’s invasion in December of 2006, was assisted by the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command (headed up by now retired General Stanley McChrystal until early in 2006), which conducted military operations inside Somalia no later than the beginning of the next year.

The current chairman of the AU, president of Malawi Bingu wa Mutharika, told reporters, "There have been calls for a change in the mandate to a more robust approach to the insurgent attacks in Somalia by Uganda and Burundi, to go beyond Mogadishu, (which is) their current limit, but (we) did not decide on that."

Ping, the AU Secretary-General even, indicated that the U.S. and NATO allies have not abandoned plans for intensified military operations in Somalia, stating, "We need equipment to match with the change in combat approach. We need helicopters for that. The United States and the U.K. are considering our request…." He also mentioned that France could provide additional helicopters.

"Ugandan officials now confirm that Kampala is pursuing a two-track strategy that could see it follow Al Shabaab (Somali rebels) into Somalia with or without UN Security Council consent." A news report disclosed that the Yoweri Museveni administration is prepared to mobilize the entirety of the 20,000 troops.

South Africa and its self serving double standards

When South Africa voted for the UN’s No-Fly-Zone Resolution 1973, many where surprised, but the reality is that it was only being consistent with its own long standing foreign policy.

Nelson Mandela as South African President was the first to fall-out with Colonel Mammaur Gaddafi over the Morocco-Saharahwi Republic conflict.

During Nelson Mandela’s tenure, South Africa’s recognition of the Saharawi Republic at the time was deemed as a major diplomatic blow to the government of Morocco which was being backed by Libya.

South Africa made this move after considering that Morocco was "totally lacking a will to find a solution to the age-old conflict over Western Sahara."

Morocco occupied Western Sahara since the Spanish colonialists withdrew from the territory in the mid-1970s. The occupation was termed illegal by the UN and no country has ever recognised Morocco’s claims to the territory except Colonel Mammaur Gaddafi and South Africa went further in establishing Diplomatic relations with Saharawi.

In 2009 South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe spoke plainly taking a dig in describing Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s ambitions of United African States, telling MPs that "the brother leader of the Al Jamariya wants to be crowned the king of kings of Africa"."He entertains such grandiose airs because the fact is that, in the main, he has been very generous," Motlanthe told the National Assembly as he faced questions about the state of the African Union."That’s why, when poorer nations run out of funds, he can simply close the tap if they do not vote for him."

He added that such politicking was a problem within the 53-nation African Union which elected Gadhafi as chairman earlier this year.

So, in the context of African Heads of state’s latest outbursts, labelling Western countries’ actions on Libya as "Double Standards", it is them who have to take a look themselves and see who has been inviting the likes of NATO into their backyards.

African people must not seriously take their (African leaders) word because they cynically choose specific actions to suits their agenda.

The Defense and Army Attaché at the American embassy in Kampala has said, "We’ve been working with their army forces for some time, providing great training opportunities through the Department of State-funded International Military Education and Training, or IMET program and multi-national peacekeeping operations. Now they would like for us to do that with their air forces."

Both U.S. military officials stressed the Pentagon’s role in upgrading Uganda’s air force for future operations. "17th Air Force brings focus to those much needed air force activities," as military attaché Army Lieutenant General Gregory Joachim stated.

France is among several EU states that have sent troops to Uganda to train 2,000 Somali soldiers for fighting at home. The others are Spain (which is in charge), Britain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Belgium, Portugal, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Malta and Cyprus. A NATO operation in all but name. German troops deployed last May are to "remain in East Africa for a year."