Libya Falls While Africa Watches

As the people of Lybia wake up to a new dawn in which a new dispensation is in place one thing will not be lost in history. Africa was relegated to mere spectators as Europe determined the next president of another African country.

After the events surrounding the fall of Laurent Gbagbo you would have thought that our leaders would have learnt but it seems as if that was far from reality.

South African President Jacob Zuma has been under fire for a while for having rubber-stamped a resolution to take out Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from power with the approval of the controversial UN Resolution 1973 on Lybia that has culminated in the NATO-led Transitional National Council taking over the state.

It is a definite statement by the west that they will decide how Africa will be defined. It shows that the majority of African states are unwilling to do anything if western powers are involved.

Of course, Lybia couldn’t carry on the way it was. We are not going to sit here and say Col Gaddafi was necessarily the right man to take the country forward. Our gripe is that Africa sat by and watched as NATO air-strikes happened and simply urged the bloc to stop attacks on the country. Urged? I wouldn’t be surprised if they said pretty-please-with-the-cherry-on-top.

The few countries that spoke out in a more emphatic way were not backed by the rest of the continent. They were isolated and called madmen. Meanwhile, imperialism is taking centre-stage and Africa is losing any grip on power it might have gained through the efforts of the liberation movements.

A sad day for Africa indeed.

  • … to the contrary, as the world sees it, Libya is rising not falling. its not about king-making, or who is the next president and who is assisting who. viewing it as such exposes the mentality of greed and plunder disguised in nationalism sovereignty and a fake African Brotherhood which has failed over donkey years to talk the brothers in Somalia to at least set up a sustainable government. after they have been saved from the brink of starvation by western donor aid the people of the horn of africa should follow the Libyan and Egytian examples. Africa should seek to make its mark and be recognised on world forums like UN if it is to effectively influence its own political dynamics instead of hanging on to the delusion of African solutions for African Problems.

    • Anonymous

      your naeivity is sad

      • naivety, you mean. maybe. so are the millions celebrating with me.

        • Anonymous

          Just because the whole world once believed the whole world was flat, it doesnt mean they were right

          • Webster

            right is a product of freedom, enquiry and interaction of opposing opinions. right has no time and place. it is constantly evolving in the personal, not the collective psyche. it is an ideal. a lost Eden. An aspiration, not a deteminant of present morality. It is when right is dictated and monopolised (that ‘we think for you’ attitude of primitive politics) that it breeds tyranny. right makes rulers, liberty makes leaders. Libyans have made and are celebrating their choice.

          • Anonymous

            A convenient and yet unrealistic argument I am afraid

          • Webster

            perhaps its a frightening reality dawning on all the elder militaristic rulers of our continent and beyond. Africa appriciates their transisional role from colinialism but has matured and has been educated enough to take its place in modern civilisation, wrong as it is. thank u for hosting this discussion. anything of its kind is still banned in some parts were RULERS know it all. Liberation is coming.

          • Anonymous

            one day it will all make sense

    • Reinmore

      Only those brainwashed will think that africa should immitate to be europe. Its unusual to imagine of a living animal that has brains let alone the dead that hate their originality because they are weak and poor. One woukld want to stop and think to be grateful to learn more about Boston Tea Party than the Great Triangle route, Cecil John Rhodes, the Berlin Conference 1884, Robert Moffat , and the Mungo park, BSAP and the D-Beer Co. Let alone the formation of OAU and the rise of nationalist politics in Africa, Khama, Sadat, Nyerere, Nkuruma, Obote Kaunda Samora and the rest.

      • Anonymous

        I am not sure I understood this