In a wide ranging interview with a Nigerian news agency, former Ghana President Jerry Rawlings blamed the flawed policies of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush for creating current problems impacting the African continent. “The crisis in Africa is a consequence of the damage the world has suffered during the leadership of Britain’s Tony Blair and America’s George Bush.” Rawlings claimed the invasion of Iraq in 2003 had undermined “international political morality and the judicial consciousness of the public.” He said he had told world leaders a years ago, “that soon we would see the consequences in about three and five year’s time, particularly in Africa. Today, I have been proved right.”
Rawlings argues the invasion of Iraq “undermined fundamental ethical values” and demonstrated that power could do as it wished. He urged President Yar’Adula of Nigeria to use the vast power of his country to help create a sense of stability in Africa.
Rawlings also admitted his own behavior shortly after taking power in his country resulted in unfortunate decisions such as the execution of key military leaders. He insisted that was not his desire but the rank and file of the Ghana army wanted revenge against many of their officers and he was forced to allow executions.
There is a logic in what Rawlings says about the war in Iraq undermining the rule of law. However, it is doubtful if rulers like Robert Mugabe have ever been impacted by the war in Iraq since their own thrust for power predated that invasion.
The High Court in Zimbabwe was expected today to rule on whether to announce returns of the election that was held two weeks ago. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change which undoubtedly won the election is expected to call for a general strike on Tuesday if the results are not released by that point. Experts agree on one point–there is scant likelihood the Election Commission will report the actual figures if they do announce them to the public. The major problem facing the people of Zimbabwe is failure on the part of African leaders such as President Mbeki of South Africa to take action in defense of democracy in their nation. The African Summit meeting this past weekend produced nothing tangible in the way of aiding Zimbabweans other than mouth a few platitudes of concern.
Africa must speak out in the name of freedom for fellow Africans or tell the world the fight for independence on the continent was really one in which those who took part in the struggle had carte blanche to oppress the people whose freedom was won. Cry the beloved continent of Africa for the freedoms you have abandoned in the name of friendship with a brutal thug known as Robert Mugabe.