The Morning Mix, for January 22, 2013 - 8:00am
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Dear Davy D,
Thanks for pointing to Mr. Dhoruba Bin Wahad's article – which I read, but it confirmed what he said in the interview. First off, Mr. Bin Wahad sees what he calls “The Muslim Ummah as the natural opposition to global imperialism since 9/11.” This is inaccurate for several reasons. It leaves out all the rest of us who are not part of the Muslim Ummah, but who oppose global imperialism. He needs to specifically connect imperialist motivations to oil; which is the primary reason that the Middle East has been colonized, carved-up and western puppet regimes installed. This also explains why Islam is being demonized except for our (US) installed puppets.
Specifically regarding Mali, it seems that Mr. Dhoruba Bin Wahad does understand that the smashing of the Libyan State by the US, Britain, France and NATO with 69 days of bombing is a significant factor for the current situation in Mali.
I would also argue that large numbers of expats from the surrounding regions that were either killed or are no longer working in Libya and sending remittances home is another destabilizing factor. Additionally, even the Benghazi NATO collaborators complained that Gaddafi was spending too many resources on other African Nations. This is a strange argument, since it clearly in hindsight, was exactly the glue that kept the region peaceful.
Mr. Dhoruba Bin Wahad conflates and confuses the marginalized “Muslim Minorities” with the “divide and conquer” tactics used by imperialist powers. Example; Nigeria had a Muslim President Umaru Yar'Adua who was elected in 2007. He mysteriously died of ??? in 2010 and his VP, a Southerner, Goodluck Jonathan completed his remaining term of office. This is critical to understanding where the tension and what is being used to create an uprising in Northern Nigeria is coming from. Goodluck Jonathan jumped his place in the queue(line for Americans) to run for President of Nigeria. It had been an unwritten agreement that the presidency of Nigeria would alternate between the North and the South. Goodluck Johnathan successfully out spent, out maneuvered and out manipulated the process and won the 2011 election. The Northern Nigerians were furious and many vowed to overturn the results by “any means necessary.” You get the idea. This outrage by Northerners has now been used by imperialist powers to foment and empower a rebellion by a before unheard of group “Boko Harm.” To drive the point home; Nigeria has a population of approximately 170 million people with roughly 45% of them Muslim or Northerners. If 5% of these Northerners rebel, we are talking about 650,000 people who might contribute to groups fighting against the Government of Nigeria and perhaps contribute fighters to Islamist in the Sahel and Sahara!
My response is already long, so let deal with Mr. Dhoruba Bin Wahad's assertions and accusations that somehow Muammar Gaddafi was detrimental to Africa. He needs to clarify what he means by this. His argument on your radio program was non-specific, but that he had personally spoken to Stokley Carmichael (aka Kwame Ture) who was critical of Gaddafi. This is totally unacceptable for your guest to throw something like this out without much more specificity. Stokley Carmichael was critical of almost everyone, including MLK and Lansana Conté the President of Guinea of his adopted country. President Ahmed Sékou Touré is the one who invited Stokley and gave him asylum, but Lansana Conté was a corrupt autocrat and should have been criticized. Did Muammar Gaddafi make mistakes – absolutely, but he also offered Louis Farrakhan one Billion dollars to help African-Americans, but US President George Bush Sr. said that he would embargo the funds if sent. And he did much more to help other African Countries, which was a major criticism of him by the Islamist in Benghazi. So, I think that Mr. Dhoruba Bin Wahad has a lot of explaining to do regarding Gaddafi!
Lastly, he attempts to explain the DRC(Democratic Republic of the Congo) situation. Here too, I think he bites off too much and doesn't put the situation in proper context of scope and scale. Specifically, Mr. Dhoruba Bin Wahad starts his death count as a four year window where three million Congolese are killed for Coltan. This does not begin to explain the horrors or deaths inflicted on the Congo. See King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild to start with. Since the 1990's perhaps seven million Congolese had died as a result of the resource wars conducted by imperialist powers and especially the United States. During this period under President Clinton and his Under Secretary of State Susan Rice who said that “we should look the other way” as perhaps 10,000 people were dying every week!
So, again Mr. Dhoruba Bin Wahad needs do a lot more research and or not bite off more than he can cover in one article or one radio interview. Otherwise, this comes across as what we used to call a BS Session. It must be understood Davy that in your short 50 minute program, that it's very difficult for the most articulate and astute person to make a coherent argument. Please contrast this guest with a Professor Gerald Horn or a Glen Ford and one quickly understands that it is actually harmful to have someone like Dhoruba Bin Wahad attempt to explain the Mali situation in the larger context of Africa and US Foreign Policy.
Kudos to Davey D for another excellent, insightful and thought-provoking program! I'm also going to share this with others.
Excellent show today Davy D! Thanks so much for this insightful and very impt. information by Dhoruba Bin Wahad!! I am sharing it w/ others.
Enlightening show-a detailed overview of the situation in Africa and the Middle East. Thank you very much! much food for thought and further study. I will pass this on to others.
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