Qaddafi is not dead in Africa


Speaking to
Africans about the death of Colonel Qaddafi one does get the impression that
this continent is in no way on the same line as Europe or the US. Africa is
still in shock about the way NATO intervened and especially about the pictures
that appeared of a weak and then dead Libyan leader. Countries like Mali,
Burkina Faso and Niger, not to speak of God knows what terrorist organizations,
will miss Libya’s millions. The average Libyan citizen is worried about his job
, house, heath care and education, all provided for him by the late Qaddafi.
Who will guarantee their future? Not, at first sight, the rebels. There is
shock about the way Mr. Wade, president of Senegal, went to Bengazi to shake
hands with the Libyan opposition knowing that he owes his job to no one else
than Qaddafi. There are complaints about the lack of a plan: the West came in,
hunted the leadership and is now only after the oil, not after good governance.
What one feels is that Qaddafi will be missed. At least the people knew what
they had. Now it is only chaos that lies in front of them, or so my
spokespeople tell me. Remember Henry Kissinger and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
warning us that the end of the Cold War (1989) will be the end of a clear
order, where good and evil were clearly set apart? That kind of gut feeling is
what we hear in Africa. It is time at least to listen to the voices of Africa,
instead of speaking for them. Securing the pipe lines and refineries is one
thing. Leaving the Libyan tribes in disarray is more than stupid. Libya needs a
reconstruction plan, before talks about democracy. It needs leadership, trust,
courage and above all independency. If we don’t want the next dictatorship to
arise, let’s do the first things first. The oil should be a reward, not a
Western right.

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