NATO’s War on Africa

50 African Union Troops killed by Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia: Western leaders silent

An African Union increasingly coming under the influence of China is fighting NATO sponsored destabilization in the form of Wahhabi terrorism such as Al Shabaab and Boko Haram.

The spate of terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait on June 26th brought condemnation from most of the world’s leaders, especially the terrorist attack against the US Air Products plant in Isere, France, which received most of the media attention.

But another terrorist attack by the group Al Shabaab on an African Union military base in Lego, Somalia, received little attention and no widely publicized official condemnation by Western governments.  Fifty Burundian troops were killed and dozens were injured after the Somali terrorist group stormed the African Union military base, which is currently occupied by troops under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). It was one of the worst attacks against a military target in Somalia since the collapse of that country in 1991.

The Burundian Intelligence Service had given warnings of an imminent attack during the election crisis in June, 2015. Yet, when president Pierre Nkurunziza alluded to the danger of Burundian troops being the target of a terrorist attack in Somalia, his warnings were met with derision by the international media, who claimed the Burundian leader was ‘playing the terrorism card’ in order to quell the growing social movement to oust him from power.

President Nkurunziza is currently battling a US/EU backed regime change operation in his country where US government funded NGOS and fake media outlets are attempting to effect a people-power coup in order to stifle the post-colonial nation’s development, a nation which has been moving increasingly closer to the BRICS sphere of influence since Nkurunziza took power in 2005.

A cogent example of this comes from the recent statements by the Brazilian government condemning foreign interference in Burundi’s election campaign. This attests, once more, to the growing power of Brazil in the United Nations, an emerging imperial presence countering the hitherto unchallenged hegemony of the Western powers.

The Burundian military presence in Somalia and, according to some sources, the rise of Pierre Nkununziza himself, is partly due to the influence of regional strong man, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, who is said to have surprised his US handlers in 2007 by spearheading an African Union military presence (AMISOM) in Somalia.

Uganda’s President Museveni defects to China and Russia

Museveni, widely believed to be a CIA asset, is also facing a US government funded ‘civil society’, fake opposition movement, as he, like other African strong men before him, such as Ben Ali of Tunisia, and Mubarak of Egypt, has been slowly navigating his country out of the US/Israeli neo-colonial dictatorship towards closer cooperation with the emerging empires of China and Russia.

Museveni opposed the NATO bombing of Libya in 2011 and praised murdered Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after he was assassinated by NATO-backed Al Qaeda terrorists in 2011. In an eloquent article Museveni praised Gaddafi’s nationalism and his development of Libya’s infrastructure.

The Ugandan president’s article shows that, far from the US puppet dictator many claim him to be, the Ugandan leader clearly wishes to be identified with the progressive, national democratic forces in Africa.

Of course, his past collusion with US-installed Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame should not be forgotten, but African geopolitics is deeply complex and contradictory, with anfractuous alliances forming and changing according to circumstances.

Museveni was certainly pivotal in the rise to power of the West’s genocidal dictator numero uno Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Uganda is heavily implicated in the destabilization of the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the worst genocides in modern history.

Yet the Ugandan leader has, for some time, been pursuing a far more constructive path of regional and national development. Museveni’s support for Burundi’s Nkurunziza has strained relations with his former Rwandan ally, who is backing the US funded opposition movement against President Nkurunziza.

Museveni’s turn towards China over the last decade is the reason why the neo-colonialist monopoly media in the West have turned their daggers on him. But, worse still, the Ugandan leader has also turned to Moscow. In 2012 president Museveni was given a top military award by the Russian government after he delivered a scathing attack on Western ‘hegemonism and imperialist practices’. He has also called for increased Russian involvement in Africa to counter Western neo-colonial ambitions.

Museveni’s decision to deploy Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) to Somalia in 2007surprised the United States and the Western media surmised that the Ugandan leader was attempting to curry favour with his former US backers, who were reportedly displeased with his ‘human rights’ abuses. This interpretation masks an unpalatable truth.  The real reason why the United States was reticent about the Ugandan leadership of the African Union mission in Somalia is because Museveni genuinely wants to stamp out terrorism in East Africa and Nkurunziza’s Burundi is a key strategic partner in this mission.

In his article on Colonel Gaddafi, the Ugandan leader condemns the refusal of the UN Security Council to declare a no-fly zone over Somalia so as to enable AMISOM to destroy the Al Shabaab terrorists.

Since the deployment of Ugandan and Burundian forces to Somalia in 2007, major successes against the Al Shabaab terrorists have been recorded. The new found stability in Mogadishu has been rewarded with the re-opening of the Chinese embassy and the promise of massive Chinese investment in the East African state. China has made the stabilization of Somalia one of its top regional priorities, while Museveni wants further regional integration and independence from the United States. The Chinese oil giant CNOOC has been exploring for oil in Somalia since the African Union presence in the country. The recent decision by China to open a military base in Djibouti is another example of a growing Chinese presence in East Africa, that could signal the end for US/Israeli backed phantom terror groups such as Al Shabaab.

Like all Al Qaeda and ‘Islamist’ terrorist attacks since the CIA’s creation of the group in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the Al Shabaab organization serves US/Israeli geo-strategic objectives. Al Shabaab is another CIA/Mossad covert military operation to keep the horn of Africa in instability in order to prevent African integration, development and unity, thereby securing permanent contracts for US/Israeli/French military hardware and services as well as ensuring cheap and unhindered access to raw materials by Western multi-national corporations. The terrorist group has conducted numerous attacks against civilian targets in Kenya, a country which is also attempting to escape the neo-colonial death trap by moving closer to China.

The attack on the African Union mission in Somalia is a direct message to those leaders who are attempting to defy US/Israeli policy in Africa, that their own countries will be plunged into chaos and destruction if they continue to pursue a politics of dignity and national independence.

Unlike the aftermath of other terrorist attacks, there were no widely bruited statements of condemnation from Western leaders after the attack on the AMISOM mission in Somalia; that is because the European Union and the United States are currently at war against Burundi, through their support for terrorist groups and fake ‘civil society’ organisations who are spreading death and mayhem in a country the Western powers want to bring under their control.

The Ugandan security forces have issued warnings to Ugandan citizens about further Al Shabaab terrorist attacks after the attack on the AMISOM base in June 26th.

Given President Museveni’s turn to the East, more attacks in Uganda are likely. In July 11th, 2010, the Ugandan capital Kampala was hit by a bomb attributed to the Al Shabaab terrorist organization. Seventy-six people were killed. After the attack, the BBC gave favourable coverage to politicians in Uganda opposed to the country’s role in Somalia.

Some Ugandan opposition websites began to spread rumours about the attacks having been carried out by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in spite of the fact that Gaddafi had always been the worst enemy of Islamism. The websites claimed to source their information from Israeli intelligence.

The Israelis had been busy spreading lies about Gaddafi’s attempt to spread Islam throughout Africa in the run-up to the 2010 African Union summit where the Libyan leader would argue forcefully for expediting the formation of a United States of Africa, a move that would have signaled the beginning of the end for Zionist/Neo-colonialist global supremacy.

Museveni is also facing the death and destruction caused by the CIA agent Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Museveni’s recent overtures toward China and Russia as well as his mediation in Burundi’s crisis in favour of President Nkurunziza, could very well turn him into the region’s Sadaam Hussein, the US puppet dictator of Iraq who turned against his master and paid a heavy price.

In 2013, thousands of Ugandan troops were deployed to back government forces battling an armed rebellion that bore all the hallmarks of a US/Israeli covert operation to win back a resource colony the Israelis took many years to create. The purpose fomenting Arab/Black enmity in Sudan was part of a divide-and-conquer strategy used by Israel to gain control of the county’s vast resources as well as isolating and weakening the pro-Palestinian government in Khartoum; this has been confirmed by the former French ambassador to Sudan, Michel Raimbaud.

Here again, the Western powers were furious with the Ugandan president’s military support for the South Sudan’s pro-Chinese president Salva Kiir Mayardit. Though most of the crimes in the brief conflict were committed by the rebel forces, human rights organisations closely linked to the US State Department blamed all the crimes on the Sudanese government and Ugandan People’s Defense Forces, a modus operandi that has become synonymous with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

In spite of the fact that Ugandan People’s Defense Forces have been stationed in South Sudan since 2008, the corporate media claimed that Ugandan troops had invaded the country.

Perhaps Museveni has come to the conclusion that it is impossible to satiate the rapacity of Western powers, that all is never enough for them and that the only option for himself and his country is to move closer to the emerging BRICS empires. However, one should not overlook the fact that the BRICS, while they do represent an alternative to the IMF/World Bank, NATO/EU dominated world, are nevertheless empires and there is no reason to believe they will be morally any better than the North Atlantic powers in the future.

But in the current positions of inter-imperialist rivalry, these powers offer more money, more technology transfer, and the possibility for poor countries to develop an industrial base. Rather than focusing on elections and the term-limits of their leaders, African citizens would be better off focusing on the long term geo-political strategy of their respective nations and the African continent.

The Western powers are promoting short term limits for African leaders as a means of keeping those governments in check by constantly bribing and blackmailing them and their opponents. That is why the era of western-backed dictators is coming to a close. The form of dictatorship is changing but the content remains the same. Western imperial powers want to rule the developing world directly through NGOS staffed by their own system administrators. National governments, no matter how compliant, are always a nuisance as they inevitably cede to national interests inimical to the interests of empire. There will be no nations and peoples in this brave New World Order but regions and enslaved masses.

Burundi versus the Empire

Pierre Nkurunziza is arguably one of Africa’s most popular presidents. Since his election in 2005, he has built thousands of schools, provided free health care for mothers and young children; has revived and developed the country’s subsistence agriculture and promoted ecological environmental policies. He has also overseen the development of the country’s nickel mines, believed to be over 6 percent of global reserves, by creating a national mining company.

Since April 26th, 2015 the Burundian government has survived a US/French/Belgian backed military coup attempt and is continuing to fight percolating violence from right-wing thugs masquerading as ‘human rights’ activists and ‘peaceful protesters’. The formula is being used all over Africa from Mauritania in the West to Egypt in the East and from Tunisia in the North right down to South Africa, the entire continent is coming under attack from pseudo democracy groups and US/Israeli/British/French backed terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Al Qaeda In The Islamic Maghreb and most recently, the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service, presented to the world as ISIS.

The US-fomented Arab Spring of 2011 destroyed the project for African Unity agreed in the Arab-African Summit of 2010 in Sirte, Libya, where all the leaders pledged that Arab-African unity and integration was in everyone’s benefit. Since then, the West’s colour revolution destabilization operation has spread throughout the Southern Hemisphere of the planet wreaking havoc on behalf of Western neo-colonial interests. Yet few critics of US foreign policy seem to be aware of the existence, let alone colossal scale, of this post-modern geopolitical phenomenon. One only has to read the ubiquitous publications from leftists during the Arab Spring of 2011 extolling the ‘spontaneous’ and ‘popular uprisings’-by the US State Departments panoply of ‘democracy’ and ‘human rights’ NGOS,- such as the National Endowment for Democracy, International Republican Institute, Freedom House, CANVAS, and many more- to form an idea of the logistical and ideological sophistication of US foreign policy. All of this shows that officials in the Council on Foreign Relations have a far better grasp of dialectical materialism than many of their so-called ‘Marxist’ critics!

Colour revolutions and terrorism are the two key features of contemporary US foreign policy and of AFRICOM in particular, NATO’s ambitious attempt to re-colonise the African Continent. If they succeed, the world will come under a tyranny unprecedented in its history.

Gearóid Ó Colmáin is a journalist and political analyst based in Paris. His work focuses on globalization, geopolitics and class struggle. He is a regular contributor to Dissident Voice, Global Research, Russia Today International, Press TV, Sputnik Radio France, Sputnik English, Al Etijah TV, Sahar TV, and has also appeared on Al Jazeera and Al Mayadeen. He writes in English, Gaelic, and French. Read other articles by Gearóid, or visit Gearóid's website.