Call by the African Union (AU) chairperson Macky Sall on Tuesday that Africa “does not want to be the breeding ground of a new Cold War,” alluding to the pressure mounting on the continent’s leaders to choose sides over the war in Ukraine is the most sensible thing to do.
Thank you President Macky Sall for providing leadership to the African Union (AU) when it’s needed most. Africa must not be bulldozed by these powerful nations into taking sides without analyzing the consequences and weighing its own interests first.
Africa must avoid falling into the same pit as that which happened before and led to the destruction of Libya and Operation Desert Storm Iraq. The whole world was fooled to believe to the lies manufactured by the western powers on weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Many African countries depend heavily on grain imports from Russia and Ukraine. Amid market shortages, Russia’s foreign minister has sought to portray the West as the villain, blaming it for rising food prices. Western leaders, meanwhile, have accused the Kremlin of cynically using food as a weapon and waging an imperial-style war of conquest.
We commend the fact that so far Africa has stayed somewhat neutral on Ukraine: Some 25 countries either voted to abstain or did not vote at all on the U.N. resolution that condemned the war in Ukraine earlier this year.
“I have come to say that Africa has suffered enough of the burden of history; that it does not want to be the breeding ground of a new Cold War, but rather a pole of stability and opportunity open to all its partners, on a mutually beneficial basis,” Sall, the president of Senegal, told the General Assembly on Tuesday.
Some observers have called the efforts by Russia and the United States the strongest lobbying campaigns since the Cold War, when the continent was wracked by proxy wars as the U.S. and Soviet Union vied for influence.
French President Emanuel Macron used his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday to press nations not to stay neutral about condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine. He declared that Moscow’s invasion amounts to a new form of imperialism.
Africa must ignore and dismiss the call by French President Macron who presides over Europe’s most parasitic country that totally depends on Africa for its survival for his hallucinations. France milks Africa day and night and should not dare to lecture Africa on who they should and should not befriend. Africa will choose her own friends
It is also right to say that instead, Africa must examine its friendship with blood sucking countries like France, because such kind of friendship does not bring value to Africa and its people.
The Soviet Union backed many African movements fighting to end colonial rule, and Russia’s foreign minister has voiced support for reform of the U.N. Security Council to give African countries permanent seats and greater influence.
It is the USSR instead that assisted African liberation movements to liberate themselves from the yoke and bondage of colonialism and racism which was in most cases inflicted upon it by these same western countries.
Among those staying neutral is continental heavyweight South Africa. International Relations minister Naledi Pandor has said that finding an endgame to the Ukraine war will be South Africa’s focus when it participates in the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly next week.
South Africa must be commended for taking this principled stand and showing leadership on the continent. Minister Pandor in particular has taken the most principled stand not to side with oppression which is being perpetrated by the arrogant powers and Zionist/Apartheid Israel in the occupied Palestine. Aluta Continua!
Dr. Mustafa Mheta
Senior researcher/Head of Africa Desk
Media Review Network SA
Dean: School of Languages at Somali
National University (SNU) Mogadishu
Federal Republic of Somalia
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