Ivory Coast Crisis is About Oil
December 28, 2010
West African leaders delivered a final ultimatum to Laurent Gbagbo in person Tuesday after threatening a military ouster if he doesn't accept an offer to go into exile in a neighbouring country a month after the disputed election.
by Kader Badreddine
(Edited by Henry Makow)
An unprecedented disinformation campaign is being orchestrated to justify foreign intervention in the Ivory Coast to unseat the Preseident Laurent Gbagbo and replace him with Alassane Dramane Ouattara, a stooge totally devoted to the interests of multinationals.
Alassane Ouattara is the former Deputy CEO of the IMF, and former Prime Minister of Houphouet-Boigny who in 1990 administered an IMF plan which plunged the Ivorian people into a profound social and economic distress. He is the puppet" nominated" by the major powers to lead the Ivory Coast and to ensure that their interests are not threatened by the presence of uncompromising and patriotic men such as Laurent Gbagbo, a long time opponent of Houphouet (1970-1990's.)
French and American imperialist powers have agreed to remove Gbagbo who is guilty of pursuing a national policy prejudicial to their profits.
After years of negotiations following the failed coup d'etats in 2002 and 2004
both orchestrated and financed by Alassane Ouatarra mentors (mostly composed of
the French governing body as well as private investors but also African head of
states such as Wade of Senegal and Compaore of Burkina Faso) the warring
parties finally agreed to hold a presidential election whose second round was
held last November 28.
The US and France" represented" by a UN mediation team have tried to validate in every way
possible an alleged victory of Ouattara. In defiance of the Ivorian
Constitution which provides that the proclamation of election results is the
responsibility of the Constitutional Council, this commission declared
Ouattara winner without adducing any serious evidence.
The U.S., France, followed quickly by the Ban Ki Moon of the UN have rushed to recognize Ouattara as the new head of state of Ivory Coast. The international propaganda machine soon launched a campaign to justify this action. Neither China or Russia, or India, or many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, which together form the 3 quarters of the world's population, had a say.
(Gbagbo, left;Ouattara, right)
In short, the "international community" is composed of those in the UN that have enforceable words
namely The U.S., France, Germany, Great Britain; the same handful of colonial
and imperialist powers that have precipitated people twice in two dreadful
world wars to get their hands on the markets and fields of raw materials, oil
In the mass media Ouattara is presented as "the democratically elected and recognized by the international community after announcement of election results by the Independent Electoral Commission." When the Constitutional Council is referred to, news agencies routinely add the words "favorable to Gbagbo" to remove any credibility from this institution declared officially.
Everything is said and Gbagbo must leave "before the end of the week" threatens Sarkozy. The war perpetrator in chief who cannot forgive Gbagbo for opening the oil markets to American companies in 2002. It was a crime to have opened the preserve of French capitalists to others!
Another intolerable offense was that Gbagbo dared to open the roads leading to oil in the Gulf of Guinea to emerging rivals such as China and Russia! To inflict deserved correction, Sarkozy has rallied to the U.S to crush the recidivist offender Gbagbo and in the process any eventual nationalist leader that would dare frolic with" their oil reserves and minerals"
IT'S THE OIL STUPID
We would fully grasp the relevance of the Ivorian struggle once we have realized that the bottom line lies in the following question: Who will control the oil discoveries off the coast of this country?
Who is the man to turn to for the perpetual control of Ivory Coast in its state
of neo-colony, 50 years after formal the country formal independence was
achieved without struggle and sacrifice? Beyond the Ivory Coast, the
neo-colonialists are most afraid that this resistance spreads to former French
colonies and that "La Francafrique" is led to affirm its desire for true
independence beginning with the denunciation of the puppets of the great French
The slogan "respect the democratic choice of the people" is a mockery coming from the leaders of the imperialist powers which have orchestrated, covered up and sustained cruel dictatorships around the world as long as their capitalists 'businesses prospered.
In all cases, although Gbagbo has close links with the French Socialists, who have shun their zeal to defend the neo-colonialist, even if his past alliances allow small casts of doubt on the objectives he defends; the struggle that ensued between the imperialist powers and the great mass of the Ivorian people, appalled by the arrogance of the former colonizers still opt to no longer tolerate the domination and exploitation they have endured for decades.
This struggle is creating a movement that transcends all petty calculations of politicians.
They have served ultimately to act as a detonator in a region that has become a linchpin in the struggle for the energy resources in Africa.
Imperialism wants to inflict a lesson on the people. It wants to cut short the
Ivorian fight for freedom to deter other nations of Africa.
Assuming that Ouattara had won few votes at the elections with great financial and media support from his imperialists mentors, the historical legitimacy is not on his side. It is not on the side of the minions of the ruling classes.
Legitimacy is on the side of the people who shake
the shackles of domination and leaders who lead them in their struggle. The
great leaps toward progress are not decided at the polls.
Obviously, the struggle is just beginning in Côte d'Ivoire.
Kader Badreddine in Alger Républicain
(Algérie) le 23 décembre 2010