05 jul No Africans in The Hague
The Summit of the African Union in Malabo showed two clear points of view that must have disturbed diplomats in Europe and the US. One was the way the Western led intervention in Libya and Ivory Coast was analyzed as nothing more or less than neo colonialism under the not so clever leadership of France. The UN troops were accused of being a cover for French policy in Sub Saharan Africa. And second, the way the International Criminal Court of Justice in The Hague was accused of hunting down African leaders and leaving those responsible for inhumanities in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay untouched. If you go for Sudan’s Bashir, you must also go for America’s Obama. In other words, the ICC is seen as a discriminating court that disqualifies itself through its anti-African approach. Is this the beginning of a new African self consciousness? An Africa that will solve its own problems, with its own moral standards? What we see in specialized media on Africa (Jeune Afrique and others) is at least a verbally active opposition to neo colonialism. France is, for example, accused of backing Alassane Ouatarra, the new president of Ivory Coast, only because he is a good friend of Parisian high society (Sarkozy, Bouygues, Chirac) and French haute finance (Camdessus), and because he is a member of an imposrtant French Free Maconnery loge. Military intervention out of economical opportunism, that’s how it sounds in the op eds.
Tough words spoken in Africa, not usually the continent where criticism on international institutions and friendly governments comes from. Could the summit in Malabo be the start of real African initiatives and alternatives? It is about time the African Union speaks up. It has enough to say and in fact it could develop enough muscles to make things happen.