The incessant message from the Biden Administration since his campaign and presidency has been the emphasis of affirming loyalty to the western alliance and asserting American strength in line with its values. This message became the sing song of Linda Thomas Greenfield, the US Ambassador to the UN. The message was unequivocal when the military took over power in Myanmar on 1st February, 2021. The Biden State Department was clear and firm: “Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of (Myanmar’s) ruling party, and Win Myint, the duly elected head of government, were deposed in a military coup.” Although the UN failed to agree on a unanimous condemnation message, at least the members heard the issue and condemned attacks on civilians. The US as Presidency of the Security Council in March, ramped up the pressure on Myanmar and implored other nations to do same. Linda-Thomas Greenfield was clear to the world about “President Joe Biden’s determination to re-engage with the world and make the United States again a nation that leads.” Hopes were rekindled with the civilian population in Myanmar and other suppressed people believing truly that the US was back with the power of its values – the nightmare of dictators around the world. The military in Myanmar was in a state of uncertainty as the US ramp up the pressure with an emboldened civilian population on the streets in Myanmar.
ENTER MACRON AND THE CHADIAN COUP.
A day after Deby was declared winner of presidential election, the world woke up April 20 to learn of news that the dictator who has ruled the country for more than 30 decades was dead. Quickly France installed a military transition headed by the late man’s son – Mahamat Deby. French foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian did not hide his support for the coup on the grounds that stability and security were paramount at this time. “There are exceptional circumstances,” Le Drian told France 2 television.” There was no mention of the rule of law and for the constitution of the country to be respected. With guilt and shame, the neocolonialist France cooked up the BIG lie that, the Speaker of Chad’s National Assembly Mr. Haroun Kabadi declined to assume his constitutional role as the next president.
“Logically, it should be Mr Kabadi…but he refused because of the exceptional security reasons that were needed to ensure the stability of this country,” Le Drian said. This was the boldest lie of the century in a continent where power from incumbents is never taken away without a fight. No African can deny the position of president.
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION SILENT
France’s action fell short of the values that the Biden administration and its foreign policy team hve been emphasizing. Instead of unequivocally calling out Frances’ action as anti democratic and condemning the coup as they did in Myanmar, they were no where to be found. The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken famous for his CALIBRATION DOCTRINE, as was the case with Saudi Arabia was no where to be found. Unlike Myanmar where the Biden administration was blunt, the trumpeted message of our allies and values felt flat. A childish message from the State Department reads: “The United States stands with the people of Chad during this difficult time. We support a peaceful transition of power in accordance with the Chadian constitution.” A statement which comes with the knowledge that the constitution has been abused by his ally France. “Where is your voice Linda-Greenfield.” An observer writes on twitter. “What do you think Myanmar, China and Russia will make of this double standard?” The writer continues.
MACRON’S SECOND PANTS ON FIRE IN CAMEROUN
More than a year with no live appearance and with numerous unconvincing still picture visits by western diplomats to Yaounde and with news of his dead now a certainty in many quarters in Cameroun, Macron spins another lie why Paul Biya was not invited to a summit for African leaders in Paris on 18 May, 2021. While French Cameroun citizens know Macron’s lie is the continuous coverup of Biya’s demise, by avoiding public appearances, Macron claims a no invitation for Biya was his concern for mismanagement of Covid funds. “This is laughable a journalist in the capital Yaounde insinuates. This is a man that Macron acknowledges that he is committing genocide in Anglophone Cameroon. In a country that transparency International has labelled as the most corrupt in the world in a row. Human rights groups and churches have accused the Biya regime of carrying out ethnic cleansing in anglophone Cameroon, now Macron uses covid as an excuse. The same covid they have used for two years now to hide his appearance on 2oth May (National Day). We are not fools.” Another observer in Yaounde quips. “Let Macron and France know that Cameroun is not Chad. Biya is almost 90 and has ruined this country. We will not tolerate any imposed leader as he just did in Chad.” He concludes.
Africa’s most brutal and oldest dictator Paul Biya has not been seen live since March 2020, when news filtered out from the heavily guarded presidential palace in Yaounde, that he kicked the bucket. Since then, all the world has seen has been carefully recorded videos of the 88-year-old addressing the nation where a civil war has been raging for more than 4 years. Former State Department official Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch has described the killing of the minority English-speaking people as a genocide. At least 24,000 people have been killed with almost 450 villages burnt by the French Cameroun soldiers now regarded as occupying forces by the once autonomous region. The genocide on the minority English-speaking people has been acknowledged by President Macron as he continues to defend the Biya regime. Biya himself considers himself as the most loyal pupil of France’s oversea territories – former French colonies in Africa. The ailing Biya was last seen with Macron in Paris almost two years ago unable to walk. For details of the genocide, click here