|Shame on you African Union!|
|Wednesday, 24 August 2011 02:00|
Caesar Zvayi Deputy Editor
Their game plan appeared to be in tatters when the rebels tore at each other's throats in Benghazi where Transitional National Council leader Abdul Mustafa Jalil ordered the dismissal of the TNC's executive committee on Monday last week,
If this was a Libyan "revolution" "uprising" or whatever the westerners want to call it, why are the Press conferences about the "endgame" being held in London and Washington and being addressed by Nato representatives, British premier David Cameron, and US president Barack Obama and/or his foreign face Hillary Clinton? Where are the leaders of the TNC? And why has it taken the rebels so-long to overrun Tripoli since Monday if Libyans shun Gaddafi?
Should Nato succeed in hounding Gaddafi out of Tripoli, kill him or cart him off to their Kangaroo Court in The Hague, soon, very soon those Libyans backing this western sacrilege will discover that the devil has no free lunch as the Nato Alliance will soon demand its pound of flesh in return for the billions of dollars in material and logistical support they gave their proxies from Benghazi. Already there is unofficial talk of a barrel of oil per bomb.
Already even before fully securing their interests in Tripoli by virtue of installing their proxies from Benghazi on the seat of power, the westerners are jostling over the spoils with the "rebels" promising lucrative oil contracts. The announcement by the rebel leaders sent oil prices tumbling on Monday night amid anticipated massive western looting of Libyan crude.
Infact the Nato bombardment has claimed far more lives than were ever threatened by Gaddafi's security forces and, over the past few weeks, has involved major war crimes, including the heavy bombardment and use of Apache attack helicopters in Tripoli, a city of two million people.
What emerges from the Libyan fiasco is a devastating indictment of not only the Nato alliance but our so-called African Union whose leaders should do better than warming chairs in Addis Ababa.
Why didn't the AU leaders exploit the diplomatic channels at their disposal by approaching the UN to get Nato to adhere to or a rescission of resolution 1973 or to get another resolution ordering a halt to the Nato bombardment?
Their cowardly silence is an affront to everything the founding fathers of the Organisation of African Unity aspired for when they set up the OAU in Addis Ababa on May 25 1963; men who had the guts to take up arms against western-backed settler governments.
What makes them think after securing a foothold in Libya and a base for the so-called US Africa Military Command; Nato will not set sights on the rest of the continent? How can the westerners receive the leaders of the so-called Transitional National Council as if they are a legitimate government? How can they be left to extended diplomatic recognition to the TNC as if it is an elected authority? How could they be left to seize Libyan assets and to parcel Libyan embassies to the TNC as if Gaddafi's government doesn't exist?
Who elected the TNC? Who gave them the mandate to represent Libyans? Where does the UN stand in all this? Can we say we have a UN Security Council let alone an AU Peace and Security Council when warmongers bomb the weak at will? Given the precedent the AU has set in Libya, what will stop Nato from extending its war games to other parts of the continent since it now realises the AU is nothing but a lily-livered paper tiger that does not even raise a finger when one of its own is under attack?
Where is the International Criminal Court? Is it blind to the crimes being committed by Nato in Libyalike the use of weapons of mass destruction and the wanton killing of Gaddafi's children and grandchildren as young as 18 months?
What will it take for the AU leadership to get off their cowardly backsides and justify their existence?
What stopped the AU from deploying a force to help Libyans repel the western attack and massive lobbying at the UN to get the Security Council to issue a resolution halting the attacks, and if need be to assemble a multi-national force to come to Libya's defence?
That is what a continental bloc worth its salt would have done but all we have had from Addis Ababa is deafening silence.