STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
French Neo-Colonialism Now Destabilizing Western Africa
By Staff News & Analysis - May 17, 2011

Powerful elements in la Cote d'Ivoire are accusing President J.E.A Mills of shielding pro-Gbagbo dissidents and alleged war criminals still bent on overthrowing the new Ouattara government, the New Statesman reports. According to the 14 May edition of the pro-Ouattara newspaper Patriote, the pro-Gbagbo henchmen who, the paper claimed, have now found a safe haven in Accra have a 'crazy dream' to return to power. The report, written by the paper's editor and a confidante of the Ivorian President, Charles Sanga, accuses President Mills of being "guilty" in what appears to be a coup conspiracy against Ghana's neighbour. The report questions, what it calls, "the silence of Ghana's head of state, John Atta Mills, because Ghana seems to be complicit in what has every appearance of a coup in preparation." It continues, "For a country as democratic as Ghana, to serve as a base to destabilize a democratically elected president of another country is really incomprehensible," Charles Sanga's reports. – Ghana News

Dominant Social Theme: The French and the United Nations have brought peace to the Ivory Coast and now we must spread peace throughout the region.

Free-Market Analysis: We have waited for several months to write this story because we do not like to get ahead of ourselves when analyzing what seem to be the increasingly-failing memes of the Anglosphere power elite. But it long ago occurred to us that when one deliberately removes a constitutionally elected head-of-state and then lies about it – in this case Laurent Gbagbo – there are bound to be repercussions. And likely there are. Big ones.

As we can see from the above article excerpt, Ghana has been drawn into the affair. It will not end there either. Eventually we believe this little-noticed interference in Africa's cocoa-capital will embroil the entire "dark continent" as Western historians have been fond of calling it. Much as the apparent failure of the war in Afghanistan may spell the end of the elite's dreams of global domination, so the removal of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo may spell the effective end of power-elite colonialist ventures in Africa. That is certainly a strong statement but based on the evidence we think it is not an unrealistic one.

Certainly it didn't seem so to begin with. No one writes seriously about these tiny little countries. But the 20th century is not the 21st; the spread of information increasingly exposes unknown injustices and makes them larger issues. The phenomenon of the Internet Reformation is a real one, in our view. In fact, as we suspected, like ripples in a pond, the illegitimate instability that the French and the United Nations inflicted on the Ivory Coast is spreading.

We can see from the article excerpted above that it has now affected Ghana and other reports seem to show that Liberia and Burkina Faso are becoming involved as well. Ultimately, it will be seen, we believe, that French President Nicolas Sarkozy (pictured above left) has destabilized a slice of Africa at least the size of Argentina. Not bad for a small man with a big chip on his shoulder.

Let us go further (rhetorically, as we have before) and restate that the outrageous interference in the Ivory Coast's recent elections will eventually have a destabilizing effect on the entire CONTINENT. Now that the initial spate of pro-UN and pro-French articles have run their course, we're seeing more and more thoughtful articles on the 'Net that are explaining the Ivorian situation as it is rather than as Sarkozy wants it to be.

To be sure, there is nothing positive about what happened despite the efforts of UN and European spin doctors to make it appear as if there was. For at least a decade or more, the Ivory Coast was split down the middle between some 15 million Christians and Muslims (not a small number). Gbagbo, a Christian, represented Christian interests and his main rival, the current President Alassane Ouattara, was a Muslim representing seven million Ivorian Muslims.

Ouattara himself has a checkered history, being widely suspected of helping to ignite an Ivorian civil war at the beginning of the 2000s that convulsed the country for several years. Once it was "resolved," pressure began to be brought on Gbagbo by the international community for democratic elections.

Though Ouattara was not legally considered to be eligible to run for president, Gbagbo succumbed to French and UN pressure and agreed to run against him. When Ouattara's allies apparently fixed the election by stuffing ballot boxes in the North, the Ivorian courts threw out the votes and declared Gbagbo the winner, and he was duly and constitutionally sworn in.

Ouattara himself took umbrage and emailed the affected parties with a brief message stating apparently that he had sworn himself in and considered himself the duly elected president of the Ivory Coast. So did the UN which, under French and American pressure, had also declared Ouattara the winner in direct contravention of the Ivorian constitutional facilities that had anointed Gbagbo.

At the very least, a new election should have been called, or the vote fraud in the North should have been further explored. But Ouattara, an ex-IMF functionary, was France's man in the region and France has important business interests to protect. So in came Ouattara and out went "strongman" Gbagbo.

Unfortunately, Gbagbo – a history professor by training – did not leave willingly. It took a column of French and UN armor to pry him from the basement of the president's mansion. The French apparently handed him over to Ouattara's ragtag forces and declared that they, not the French, had made the capture. This was considered a "clever" move by the French and much lauded at the time. History may not be so kind.

Today, deprived of lawyers, Gbagbo awaits trial first in the Ivory Coast and then presumably at the Hague under the auspices of the International Criminal Court. Already, the Ivorian and Western press have begun to churn out articles about Gbagbo's corruption and US$80 million he supposedly stashed away in a Swiss bank account. He is also accused of inflicting massacres and generalized violence on his bleeding country; however there are numerous allegations of massacres by Ouattaraian troops. We shall see how Ivorian and international courts handle the matter.

It is all besides the point anyway. Gbagbo was not removed because he was corrupt; he was removed because of his anti-colonial (and anti-French) Ivorian political philosophy. He was not going to accommodate French and Western business interests, certainly not to the degree that Ouattara will.

Elections have consequences, as US President Barack Obama often points out. In this case, in the era of the Internet, what the French (with the help of the UN) managed to do to the Ivory Coast is likely to have lasting repercussions.

Despite the widely reported protestations of the Ivory Coast's new regime that Gbagbo's few supporters have been removed, we knew this could not be true. Ghana supported the Christian Ivorians and Ghana shares a border with the Ivory Coast. We figured that the armed remnants of Gbagbo's supporters would slip into Ghana and now there are reports that is exactly what has happened. Here's some more from the article:

[A] report on the website of the New Forces, (www.fninfo.ci), Prime Minister [of the Ivory Coast] Guillaume Soro's [pro-Ouattara] rebel group, carries a story against Ghana, with the headline, "Le silence coupable d'un pays frère", or "The guilty silence of a brother country." That report begins, "Since the capture of the former Ivorian head of state, most of the chiefs of the former regime who were able to escape the mesh of Republican Forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FRCI) took refuge in Ghana, a brother border to the east of Côte d'Ivoire."

It continues, "There are persistent reports and increasing rumours that these refugees, whose hands are soaked in Ivorian blood are being allowed to prepare an uprising against Cote d'Ivoire from Ghana." The report further accuses Ghana of allowing these alleged subversionists to be using Ghana to launch calls for hatred and popular uprising against the Ouattara government, without the high authorities of Ghana stopping this mess."

Again, the … report in the Patriote newspaper at the weekend reads further, "Despite the fall of their mentor Laurent Gbagbo, who is currently under house arrest in Korhogo in the north, some of his relatives and close associates still harbour the secret hope of returning to power." The newspaper report said the men vanished "into thin air in Cote d'Ivoire only to reappear in Ghana, mainly in Accra." The paper names former Defence Minister and military advisor to Gbagbo, Kadet Bertin, as the brain behind these alleged subversion plots in Ghana.

According to the paper's source, Bertin Kadet, who was earlier hospitalised at the PISAM (Polyclinic Anne Marie) of Cocody in the wake of an afternoon traffic accident on Friday, March 25, took refuge on the arrest of Laurent Gbagbo in a clinic called Marcory. From there, "he escaped to Ghana, where he conducts subversive operations under the nose and beard of the Ghanaian authorities," the paper alleges. What is also worrying is that the premises the paper claims the pro-Gbagbo coup plotters have chosen to their meetings is the Embassy of Côte d'Ivoire in Accra. The objective, the paper says, is "to destabilize the regime of President Alassane Ouattara."

… The Ivorian paper, Patriote, reports that Bertin Kadet had even confided in relatives that he and his comrades are still in control of aspects of the Ivorian political system. They further claim to "have enough money to create a rebellion against the current authorities of the country" … In the paper's view, the goal is obviously to create havoc, terrorize the population, and thwart the country's return to normality. The New Statesman could not get any reaction from any source from Ghana's Foreign Affairs office.

What did the current Ivorian regime expect? There are seven million Christians in the Ivory Coast and most if not all of them seem to support Gbagbo over Ouattara. Leaving aside the issue of whether democracy works or not (in this case it seems to have fueled an incipient civil war) the French and the UN with Ouattara's connivance have disenfranchised millions.

As we intimated in previous articles, at least some of these individuals are heavily armed and not apt to participate willingly in the peace and reconciliation measures that Ouattara is offering. Ghana's leaders, despite lowering their rhetoric, have been evidently and obviously displeased with what occurred in the Ivory Coast. What are the French going to do now? Are they going to extend their putsch into Ghana? And not just Ghana but Liberia and Burkina Faso and even Niger and Nigeria as well?

French actions regarding the Ivory Coast, when combined with the current aggressiveness that the International Criminal Court is showing in Africa, are preparing a considerable backlash against Western domination and Western institutions. The issue is further complicated by Western-backed youth rebellions in the North of Africa – in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. Ultimately, all these interferences are linked together. The Anglosphere elites accompanied by the Anglophile Sarkozy have launched a determined attack on African interests. It may end up in a war against Iran and is in any case increasingly looking like a subdued version of World War III, without the nuclear aspects.

We have no certain prognostication to make about the unfolding of all these events. We do understand that the French may have unwittingly have started a chain reaction in Africa that they will be helpless to stop. South African leaders are not pleased at all with what went on in the Ivory Coast and South Africa just formally joined the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, China and India.

While France in keeping with its B-league status has made mischief in a relatively small area of Africa thus far, the Anglosphere elites have begun destabilizing a swath of African and Middle Eastern countries. The idea apparently is either to create regulatory democracies or controllable (at the top) Islamic republics that can be used to widen the apparently phony war on terror.

War distracts people from the other trends now taking place, specifically information about what the Anglo-American powers-that-be have in mind regarding world governance, strategies increasingly revealed on the Internet. There is nothing new in any of this. The same thing happened once the Gutenberg Press began to reveal the lies that had been told on behalf of the Catholic Church.

The many low-intensity wars lasted so long that it took a ten year European conference, the 'Peace of Westphalia" to end them by recognizing national sovereignty once and for all. It is no coincidence in our view that the Anglosphere via the UN effectively repealed the Treaty of Westphalia in 2005. Jaw-jaw has given way to war-war – and "R2P."

But it likely will not work any better than it did 500 years ago. War-war didn't stop the Renaissance, didn't limit the Reformation or prevent the ramifications of the French and American revolutions. Yes, this is "secret history" but it is valid in our view – at least until current events provide us with contrary trends.

After Thoughts

The Gutenberg Press forced the elites to take a step back. The current spread of electronic information may do the same in this age of the Internet Reformation.

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