editorialBy Daniel Tetteh Osabu Kle, Ottawa, Canada
The performance of the political leaders of ECOWAS leaves much to be desired. This is not surprising given that most of them are misfits in the African environment who are inert to the clever machinations and manipulations of imperialism. This is precisely the reason why they have not been able to forge a United States of West Africa to serve as the embryo for the realization of the greater aspiration of the United States of Africa. Even the little aspiration of a common currency has ended in futility. It is my contention that, with the exception of Lansana Conte - the President of Guinea, the political leaders of the West African region have the brain of a lizard and the behaviour of a vulture. Certainly, those with the brain of a lizard and the foresight of a vulture cannot be expected to achieve anything of much value for their modus operandi is "Tomorrow it will be all right." That tomorrow becomes another tomorrow successively without end. What have they been able to achieve for the region? It is nothing but political confusion and economic misery.
Their "lizardian" brains are reflected in their decision to recognize and hold meetings with Charles Taylor, the monstrous and destabilizing agent in West Africa, and with the RUF who have nothing good to offer Africa, but amputation of the limbs of fellow Africans and the looting of diamonds to enrich the pockets of the diamond lords of Belgium. The only wise leader to refuse to do so recently is Lansana Conte and that makes him the wisest among them. Their lizard brains deceives them into thinking that the Secretary General of the United Nations will automatically seek the interest of Africans just because outwardly he looks like an African. What they fail to appreciate is that the every Secretary General of the United Nations, for his own survival, is compelled invariably to dance to the tune of imperialist political and diplomatic music. What West Africa needs are men of action who can effectively factor and fathom the realities of the international order of extreme political and economic hypocrisy into the politico-economic equation in such a way as to separate the chaff from the cream. Only the cream is good for West Africa. The chaff is to be discarded no matter the source. Thus, the diplomatic maneuvers of external political forces, including the UN have to be scrutinized very well and weighed against the interests of the region. For example any advice for recognition of Taylor or the RUF should be rejected. Such recognition implies the acceptance that Africans are Black Monkeys whose limbs can be chopped off with impunity.
Those who love chopping off the limbs of Africans are not human beings, but monsters. They may be beings, but without the quality of human behaviour they cannot be said to belong to the true race of human beings. For example, lions and tigers that eat human beings are also beings, but they do not qualify to be human beings for their behaviour is not human. But comparatively, they are better creatures than RUF and Charles Taylor for they are programmed biologically to kill for food whereas the monstrous RUF and Charles Taylor kill and chop off limbs not for food, but for fun. What West Africa requires, therefore, is an unflinching determination to wipe out these monsters before they multiply their populations to cause damage beyond economic repair. Be it known to all Africans and Pan Africans that when Lansana Conte drops bombs on the head of the RUF and Charles Taylor, he is not dropping bombs on the heads of human beings, but on the heads of despicable monsters. When he refuses to meet with the RUF or Charles Taylor, it means he is wisely refusing to meet with monsters capable of turning around to eat him up.
The attack against the monsters should be intensified despite any collateral damage that might occur. In the same way that the United Nations did not care a hoot about collateral damage that occurred during the Gulf War, and continues to keep silent over collateral damage in the continued enforcement of the unauthorized no-fly-zones, so must it not care a hoot about collateral damage in driving the despicable monsters out of West Africa. The region should be proud that there is at least one African leader who is no longer willing to compromise with monsters or listen to the sweet words from the lips of a United Nations that is, in reality, a Divided Nations that cannot agree to do anything effective. After all, this Divided Nations has not been able to establish any effective court to try the monsters and, in so doing, has given the sure signal that it has no time to consider monsters as human beings to stand trial. Of course, the Divided Nations is right for it is improper to send lions, tigers, and monsters to court.
If Kabbah and Hinga Norman, being cowards, cannot drive the monsters out, that should not prevent the brave and wise Lansana Conte from doing the proper thing for the region.
Certainly, Babangida and Obasanjo have disappointed West Africa and by extension, Mother Africa, but Lansana Conte, the wise son of Mother Africa in the West African region shall set things right by either wiping out the monsters or at least driving away from African soil.