Monday, 12 December 2011
ZIM PRESIDENT - BRO MUGABE'S, EXCEPTIONALLY INSIGHTFUL COMMENTS ON THE 'aRAB sPRING' & LIBYA
[Full speech HERE]
Note from Sons of Malcolm: There has been some reports that Brother Mugabe made some derisory comments in relation to Brother Leader Gadafi about the lack of Libyan investments in Zimbabwe. Having read the transcript of the full speech it is clear that Brother Mugabe makes some good criticisms in solidarity with Libya and the former Jamahirya regime, but not the derisory comments ascribed to him in some reports. Sons of Malcolm is seeking clarification on this issue and will let our readers know once we have further clarity on the issue. Nonetheless, whatever the case might be, it is clear that Mugabe is by far the most advanced Pan-African leader of any state on the continent, and continues to have a sharp and insightful anti-imperialist and socialist outlook. For our part, we must always advocate maximum unity between the forces of the Global South against empire in the interests of independence and peoples power and social justice. - Sukant Chandan
We meet at a time of great events and epochal changes in the world. A time of great, epochal changes to the north of us, in the Afro-Arab World of North Africa. There we have seen momentous turbulence now collectively known as the "Arab Spring." This wave of popular demonstrations has definitely challenged political establishments, some of which had lasted for decades. Events in Libya and to a certain extent Egypt leave us unsure of what the end in those countries will be.
Much worse, we have seen clear evidence of intolerable Western intrusion on our Continent, intrusion whose worst form was the brutal and bloody tragedy we all saw in Libya. The Western world intervened, seemingly in the name of the United Nations. On that flimsy veneer of legitimacy, the well-developed but autocratic nation of Libya was bombed to Stone Age with Gaddafi cruelly and brutally assassinated together with his children. Today, that country is rubble, littered with ruins caused by American and Nato terrorist bombs. Lots of lives were lost, ironically under Resolution 1973 of the United Nations whose informing principle was "the responsibility to protect" civilians. Nato, that is Europe and America killed Libyan civilians ostensibly in order to protect them! History could not have moved in a more cynical way.
Against this naked intrusion, Africa was both unprepared and ill-prepared. Africa was disunited. The already weak continent weakened itself even further. Whatever our stance in the African Union, we undermined ourselves by voting for war on African soil. Today, we have a broken nation, a broken people, broken lives, broken hope. If this trend persists against our own acquiescence, we face the grim prospect of broken Independence. As a liberation movement, Zanu-PF cannot be indifferent to this most inauspicious turn of history. It is a turn which challenges our sacrifices yesterday, indeed, challenges our achievements today by way of the freedom and Independence we enjoy, and hope to pass on to posterity tomorrow and forever. The events in Libya have sound grim forebodings for our continent and we have to take a stance.
Before the guns of invasion had been silenced, indeed while the blood of the Libyan people was still being drawn, Europe, led by France and Britain, were already having a revivalist mini-Berlin Conference to divide amongst themselves the spoils of that war, principally oil and reconstruction projects. This amounted to a second pillage of Libya, indeed of our Continent, to utter silence on our part as the African Union. Countries like our own Zimbabwe, which is so richly endowed with minerals, and thus so dangerously marked by global imperialism, need to remain very vigilant, always ready to sacrifice for the defence of our Independence and natural resources.
Ordinarily, a party like Zanu-PF, born and built in circumstances of a revolution, the fact of a people's movement must establish instant affinities between us and any such movements wherever they may be. In them, we should see ourselves vicariously. But the North African movements raise grave concerns. As already indicated, we still have to grasp their identities in the context of the African revolution which must always be anti-colonial, anti-imperialistic. Rather, we clearly see the serious efforts deployed by the same forces of imperialism to redirect the bursting energies of a rebelling people towards self-destruction.
Another lesson for all of us is that imperialism cannot be appeased, can never be placated through any concessions or deals. It does not keep its word. Gaddafi, we are told, invested in Europe and America. He even sponsored the re-election of those who shot at him in the end. Much worse, he agreed to be disarmed by his enemies who fawned love and affection. Our revolution must never blink. It must remain wide awake, always vigilant and equipped for its own defence. After all, Kwame Nkrumah, the Ghanaian founder leader and father of new Africa warned us a long time ago that only a dead imperialist is a good one. We must remain strong and steadfast against Western imperialism. We cannot cut deals with it.