President Thabo Mbeki must ask Bush Jnr some pertinent questions regarding his intentions for the region when he visits South Africa next week. America, the current leader in the ‘war on terror’, has been condemned by the international community for international terrorism many times.
In 1986 the International Court of Justice (The Hague) ruled that the US was in violation of international law for “unlawful use of force” in Nicaragua, through its actions and those of its Contra proxy army. The US refused to recognize the Court’s jurisdiction. A UN resolution calling for compliance with the Court’s decision was approved 94-2 (US and Israel voting no) .
Under the Bush Jnr regime, two illegitimate invasions against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq were carried out unilaterally. Thousands died in the cowardly aerial bombings, followed by a colonial military domination that is advancing US oil interests in these countries.
Bush is expected to receive a hostile reception from several organizations that are planning mass protest during his visit, and is afraid to meet with Nelson Mandela, because ‘Madiba’ will remind him to be mindful of respecting international laws and human rights before embarking on any colonial military adventures.
There is an underlying suspicion that his visit is not about promoting democracy, peace and the economic well-being of the peoples of Africa, but instead aimed at laying the basis for US military and economic domination all over the world.
It is only a matter of time before the American government begins interfering in the internal politics and foreign policy of African countries that produces oil. A continent ravaged by conflict, corruption, and degradation can ill-afford to become the latest victim of American hegemonic ambitions.
It remains to be seen whether African leaders will resist attempts to re-colonize the continent, or accept cruel dictates from the American administration.