Ein Haufen von Ignoranten und Lügnern:
Herr Wim Dohrenbusch kommentiert am 01.07.2008 aus Nairobi und nannte die Afrikanische Staatengemeinschaft ein Trümmerhaufen und peinliches Schmierentheater. Ein Haufen von Ignoranten und Lügnern: Die Bezeichnung mag passend sein. Die Frage ist nun, warum regt sich Herr Wim Dohrenbusch auf? In Folge von Äthiopische und Amerikanische Invasion gab in Somalia seit Dezember 2006 rund 12.500 Tote und 25.000 Verwundete, knapp eine Millionen Menschen befinden sich jetzt auf der Flucht. Alle Oppositionsführer Äthiopiens saßen andere sitzen noch in Gefängnissen. 200 Menschen sind auf den Strassen von Addis Abeba geschlachtet. Das interessierte Gordon Brown nicht, Kanzlerin Merkel nicht, Herr Wim Dohrenbusch nicht. Die AU und IGAD haben die Invasion Somalias gebilligt. Dafür sind Herr Bush und Herr Gordon Brown sehr dankbar. Warum also die Aufregung über Zimbabwe? Hat das mit Demokratie zu tun? Hören sie auf Herr Dohrenbusch!
leader Tsvangirai surrounded by his masters, Western Ambassadors pretending to
be his friends. We want Tsvangirai; we want Tsvangirai…, to show where they
Why does the West behave
that way in
Opposition leader Berhanu nega,
I was happy to see them
initially, thinking that the West had finally seen the madness of the Zenawi´s government
and might be looking for a negotiated way out of the crisis. I knew the
Mrs. Huddleston and the
French Ambassador told me how worried they were about the ongoing instability
Believing that they would agree with me, I said that the easy way out would be to pressure the government to abide by its laws and to negotiate on the 8 points that we put forward before the crackdown, which asked for allowing the independence of the institutions necessary for a democratic political order, such as a free media, an independent election authority, an independent judiciary and a neutral police, security and military apparatus.
Huddleston’s response to my statement went directly to the crux of the matter.
She said …the
So, since the government was not willing to do the right thing, it was up to the opposition to avert this potentially dangerous instability. She suggested that I abrogate my Mayor ship and tell the public to accept as Mayor the person chosen by the government. Since the public listens to you, she said, they would accept that outcome, then we could slowly cajole the government to jump start the democratization process and release you from prison. Otherwise, you are going to be in prison for a very long time.
At first I could not believe my
ears. That was the official
First, I was directly experiencing the kind of hypocrisy that I had only read in books, and it was powerful and shocking to encounter it so directly. Second, I could not fathom what " national interest" made the US take such a blatantly unjust position after the cold blooded murder of hundreds of unarmed civilians following a stolen election that had been witnessed by international observers.
I was totally outraged by what was going on in
What made me really angry
at that moment were not so much the positions they had taken. It was rather
their audacity to turn my friends and me into accomplices to the government's
Their visit was arranged to convey the message that we should not expect any real pressure on the government from the West. If there was any pressure it would be on us to surrender. I had heard a couple of weeks before that Ambassador Huddleston had invited our families to the embassy to ask them to pressure us to accept the government's demand to secure our release. So, this visit was a continuation of this psychological pressure to weaken our resolve. My response was angry and not very diplomatic. In brief, I told her what a shameful position she and her country were taking. I said that I would rather die in prison than be a party to the destruction of democracy in my country.
I also told her that I knew that her words and action did not reflect the decency of the American people. She and the French Ambassador shamelessly tried to convince me to do what they asked, during which time I became angrier and angrier. After things calmed down the French Ambassador asked me what kind of chocolates I liked so that he could send me some through his driver the next day. I was simply amazed by the brazen and crude nature of big power diplomacy.
As I walked back to my cell, what hit me powerfully was my realization that for these diplomats and the policy makers in their capitals giving them orders, we are nothing. We are not even human beings properly speaking. We are just pawns in their global game, and it was not a good feeling at all.
It was only after about eight months that I figured out the reasons behind the US position, when I started to hear the escalating rhetoric on the government media about the danger posed by the Islamic Courts Union of Somalia to
When the full scale invasion of
disappointing to democratic forces inside