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Posted on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 09:37

Hannibal's wife, Adolf Gaddafi and a NATO Coup

Libya's new face is Ethiopian ― the sad face of an Ethiopian nanny, Shwygar Mullah, whose discoloured and peeled skin barely hangs to her scalp and bones after having been boiled alive by a woman whose predator instincts are as developed as the presumed wife of Hannibal Lector. Gab? No! Her husband's name is Hannibal. Hannibal Gaddafi. A first name that evokes televisual horror. And a last name that is a constant reminder of a raving madman with money, lots of money, and who single-handedly made a muppet show of international diplomacy.


Hannibal's wife, Adolf Gaddafi and a NATO Coup from a different angle

Hannibal Lector Gaddafi, the same man who was accused in Geneva of beating his servants and in London of punching his wife. The wife, Aline Skaf, reportedly a Christian and former model from Lebanon, who instead of worrying about paying her Ethiopian nanny gleefully poured boiling water on her body until her skin was cooked, continuing a culture of abuse of Black domestic workers among Middle Eastern employers, as reported by Human Rights Watch. Nonetheless, this was Libya under the distinctly racist and brutally xenophobic spell of the Gaddafis. It was an unending and repulsive orgy of rape on both women and men of foreign extraction. An unsavory place, a grotesque regime.

But lest we forget, the Tripoli bully was a close buddy of Blair, Berlusconi and Bush's Washington. How times change. Funny how some are now alleging that the revolt by the people in Benghazi was orchestrated by secret service elements of some Western countries. Be that as it may, it was high time the Tripoli dictator made proper use of his expensively built underground escape route. The world having had enough of his cosmic eccentricities.

It is rumoured that like Adolf Hitler, Gaddafi was of Jewish descent. An intriguing rumour when one considers the atrocities foreigners, especially African workers, underwent. Unfortunately, this has become the reigning culture in Libya where the so called rebels have not spared the lives of darker skinned foreigners. In a country with about a third of its population being visibly dark-skinned, or Black in other words, the understanding that Blacks were used as Gaddafi's mercenaries has led to violent butchering in what is clearly ethnic cleansing in yet another so called Arab nation. Egypt's once majority Black population, as shown by historical records, are almost no more. The expression of Arab racism against Black Africans is rearing its monstrous head again. Remember the brutal pogrom type attack by Libyans against black Africans in 2000?

The Libyan situation has highlighted many points that will continue to be of relevance for the whole of Africa, not just what is blatantly referred to as Sub-Sahara. Africa, being the African continent, and African, whoever dwells therein. No more no less!

The first point is the affirmed sidelining of the so called African Union, whose marginalisation and irrelevance -during the military intervention- was so total it made every African who had ever imagined a role for the AU dive for cover in utter shame. Instead of a role for the AU, Libya's fate, as in Cote d'Ivoire's, was solely decided by NATO, a fair representation of the West, whose interpretation of a no-fly-zone couldn't be substantiated by any existing dictionary.

And whilst no official statement would confirm that the "internationally recognised" ragtag force, generally presented as "rebels", was assisted by French Foreign Legionnaires, British SAS and American SEAL special troops, it was plain to see that something did not compute as they wasted thousands of rounds shooting into the air shouting Allah Akbar whilst bitterly complaining of shortage of ammunition.

The "rebels'" National Transitional Council (NTC), which was set up with urgency, has seen a few disparate personalities, some of them late hour turncoats, become ministers or leaders. What exactly is this patchwork of rebel force? The fear of Libya imploding after the removal of the joke that Gaddafi was is not far fetched. But for the moment, the whole focus is on how to capture the nemesis of the West while ensuring that NATO countries get a lion's share of Libya's oil and reconstruction contracts.

From another angle

Looking at the whole event from a different angle, could this be the new version of the perennial African coup except that this time it is a NATO coup? A NATO imposed democracy that some painfully naïve African souls in Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea and other countries under brutal dictatorships have been praying for. But alas! I say they will be waiting for Godot.

Pro West dictators like Meles Zenawi do not get bombed! They are financed! Those who get accused of crimes against humanity by the cuddly-poodly Ocampo, will not be the masters of genocide and massacres... well, unless they are unfortunate to fall out of favour with 'yessa massa'. NATO, as we have seen, has not come to the rescue of hapless Congolese who are being butchered for their minerals.

As all eyes zoom in on Libya, it is difficult not to reconsider what American warmongering did to the fantasy of Democracy in Iraq. The situation in Afghanistan is no better and the growing willingness for a negotiation with the Taliban augurs bad days to come for the Afghan people, especially women.

In Libya, it is not the democrats who head the rebellion, but rather those who are already clamouring for a Constitution based on the Sharia. Egyptians and Tunisians, who had their own revolutions, are still struggling not to be deprived of their full victory by the military (as in 1974 in Ethiopia) or by pseudo democrats with little concern for sovereignty and dignity of their people.

Sirte and Bani Walid aside, it is safe to conclude that not many Libyans, who had to endure 42 years of dictatorship, will cry for the misfortune of the Gaddafi regime. Not now anyway. And the West will rub its belly in satisfaction after this historical demise. Gaddafi, the unpredictable tyrant who saw himself as Africa's King of Kings, had irked the West by advocating measures that would have affected their desire for hegemony over the beautiful continent.

But for now, as many lives in Central Africa are sacrificed for minerals, Omar Beshir and Robert Mugabe can shake in their boots. Meles Zenawi, Nguema and others within the Western hegemonic embrace can sigh contentedly. And considering that Bashar al-Assad has been tolerated to no end, dictators might even consider taking up pipe smoking, for those who don't already, and leave the rest for NATO to worry about. The message is crystal clear. The NATO coup is not for democracy but for western hegemony. Is the scramble for Africa back?



Last Updated on Friday, 30 September 2011 16:02

Hama Tuma

Hama Tuma

Hama Tuma is an Ethiopian writer,poet and journalst who has been for long active in the struggle for democracy and human rights in Africa. His collection of satirical articles have appeared in four volumes of African Absurdities (the latest one titled Why Don't they eat Coltan?).Some of his books of fiction and satire have been translated into French,Italian and Hebrew.

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