This book is a thorough analysis of the postelectoral crisis in Côte d'Ivoire in 2011 that led to an unprecedented and horrid manslaughter, with the bombing of the country's infrastructures by French and UN troops who were sent to monitor the election. The helpers ended up destroying our country.
Readers will discover the following:
The international conspiracy that was planned by the West against Côte d'Ivoire, against President Laurent Gbagbo, incumbent, and Africa in general, rather than an election as many still think.
It is the war over our oil and resources.
This was nothing but the recolonization of Africa, with Côte d'Ivoire as a base of experimentation.
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Côte d'Ivoire CAUGHT IN CROSS FIRE, & Africa IN DIRE STRAITS
By Daman Laurent Adjehi
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2012 Daman Laurent Adjehi
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Chapter OneA farfetched election meant to save Côte D'Ivoire, ends up ruining it
Finally an official election day was reached, and the preparations with all the underhanded tricks and machinations had been under way for quite sometimes. The initial Election Day as provided by the Constitution, after Laurent Gbagbo came into office was October 31, 2005. But due to hampering conditions resulting from the 2002 coup d'état and the rebellion, made the election impossible to be held in due process. For that matter, it had been postponed several times. The failed coup d'état of September 19, 2002, that nearly crippled the country dealt a perennial fissure on its integrity. The Western part of the country was hit the hardest. Many villages were burned down, and many people were killed except those who managed to escape. The Northern part of the country became virtually inaccessible due to the presence of gunmen. The heavily armed rebels were kings in that part of the country, continually terrorizing the populations. The country's administration could no longer be deployed there as most of the Policemen and Gendarmes were killed by the rebels. The coup attempt had wrecked such a devastating havoc on the country, particularly in the North where all the registry records had been destroyed. The rebels then having made the Northern part of the country their stronghold, with the country now partitioned made it impossible to hold an election for six years; 2005-2010. All the parties: President Gbagbo who was in power, the opposition parties who were responsible for the hampering condition, the UN, France and President Jacques Chirac were all aware of the fragile condition that did not permit to hold the Election. We all agreed that the long overdue election was meant to pull us from the rubbles and bring us up so that we may all join hands as citizens of Côte d'Ivoire to start anew, and then give our country a new direction. We cherished the efforts of all the people and organizations around the world that got involved one way or the other in the healing process. The Ivorian people believed that the outsiders came to assist us in good faith. They even persuaded us that the presidential election was our salvation, and without it, no investors could ever trust us enough to invest in our country. So we not only believed them, but we trusted them thinking they were on our side. But as time went by, we noticed some behaviors that did not match with what they preached.
For instance we noticed all the numerous accords and resolutions that were drafting: from the first negotiations of Accra, Lomé, and Marcoussis in 2003, and to the last of Ouagadougou in 2007, each one mentioned the disarmament of the rebels as a prerequisite to holding the Presidential Election. But in the end, we discovered that none of these people openly condemned the rebels, nor pointed the finger at the root cause, let alone executed the disarmament as promised. All they were ever interested in, and insisted on was the election. We could sense a spirit of dishonesty and a plot lingering. At the same time, we were approaching a time of two major shifts that we thought might be salutary in the long run.
First, the end of Kofi Annan's tenure as head of the world most prominent human organization: the UN was nearing. So we were counting the days because he had become a bone in the throat of the Ivorian people.
Secondly, Jacques Chirac, President of France's end of term was also approaching in fast pace. We couldn't wish for more.
The departure of Secretary General of UN, Kofi Annan from the leadership of the organization was to us a breakthrough, having noticed his propensity to the cause of the French President and the Ivorian rebels. We were praying that the new General Secretary of the UN would bring a credential of respect for the Charter of the organization. It is one thing to lead and run an organization, but it is another thing to abide by its rules and the Charter for which it was ever created.
"We can only hope that the organization appoints a person who knows the boundary between wrong and right, and a man of wisdom and understanding." The presence of Annan at the head of the organization could only instill hope, and push any Ivorian to say: "Thanks God we have someone on our side without further questions. And, behold, we are blessed to have people and Leaders around the world who are involved in this to assist us come out of this chaotic situation," I muttered from time to time. Unfortunately, during the tenure of Mr. Kofi Annan, we had come to the conclusion that we could not count on our own; an African man from Ghana who acted as if we were not related, though we were neighbors. Not only that, but we had a continent that needed its sons and daughters to save it from abject poverty, rape, and injustice. And through the position he had, we thought Africa would be his priority. Although I knew in the back of my head that I should not put my trust in no human according to the word of my Father, however, I still thought we were dealing with intellectuals, who would surely know the divide between wrong and right, and that they would not hurt us deliberately and purposely.
In the end, we were proved wrong to assume what we did, and on December 31, 2006, we rejoiced with our hands crossed that Kofi Annan was gone never to return. But who was the next evil man coming to replace him? And how will he approach us and handle the crisis they had crafted to impose on our country?
Kofi Annan left behind a record of bad judgment and an image of a person with a deficiency in decision making process. These were the symptoms of lack of intelligence; someone who was known to base his analysis of a national situation, on his personal condition at that time; a person who makes baseless decisions.
Almost a year after the electoral coup d'état in Côte d'Ivoire that brought Ouattara to power, and the rampant security breach that was still lingering in the country, a day never went by without reports on killing perpetrated by the rebels. And Kofi Annan who visited Abidjan in December 2011 made a comment about the security issue in the country, to probably polish the image of his friend Ouattara whose deficiency in leadership had been proven.
One morning as he was to visit Mr. Konan Banny in his office, he walked under heavy UN escort from his place of residence to the bureau of the former Prime Minister who was now appointed President of the reconciliation program. Here is what Mr. Annan said: "finally, you can walk the streets of Abidjan safely without worrying if I am going to make it back home again? Security has returned in the streets of Abidjan."
What Mr. Kofi Annan forgot was that the Ivorian population did not have escorts in their villages, and in the streets of Abidjan like he did, and their Police and Gendarme Forces who used to protect them were all disarmed if they were not dead or in exile. Mr. Annan, lacking judgment saw UN officers escorting him, and concluded that finally the Ivorian were now safe, literally mocking them as they were being killed on a daily basis. Mr. Annan was not at his first such hazardous comments. He made the same kind of comments about the streets of Iraq in 2006. Here is what he said then: "If I were an average Iraqi, obviously I would make the same comparison that they had a dictator who was brutal but they had their streets, they could go out, and their kids could go to school and come back home without a mother or father worrying: am I going to see my child again?"
I am still proud today, and sure that Mama Africa has given birth and raised better children to look after her and her progeny than those like Kofi Annan who live and operate for Western powers.
ON THE OTHER HAND, we could only hope and pray that the new tenant of the Quai d'Orsay who takes over after Chirac's departure brings some sort of rational and real Leadership to the table. During his last days in office, Chirac had begun the process of re-conquering the old French colonies in Africa with Côte d'Ivoire as the point of experiment. Chirac worked as hard as he could but he failed to achieve this goal. He launched the rebellion to overthrow President Laurent Gbagbo, the [anti-French] and non-submissive, in order to install his favorite man as President of Côte d'Ivoire. At one point during the unrest, Ouattara Dramane hid in one of the French mortars, awaiting the occasion to be installed as President, while a swat team led by then Chief of staff Mathias Doué, was heading to President Gbagbo's residence. Laurent Gbagbo's fate lied in Doue's hands that day, but something went wrong and he failed to follow suit, and the coup aborted. Such has been the relationship between France and all her fourteen colonies on the continent: "placing their Prefects in power to serve as purveyors of our resources; creating dirty wars to justify the presence of UN and French militaries."
This is the same France that we knew as "the country of human rights" according to the human rights declaration of 1789 that was meant to promote citizens' rights, had only been empty words, at least in Africa. Seeing France's behavior in Africa during the last ½ a century, every serious intellectual would raise questions. It is so clear that the country of "human rights" is the most vicious conspirator on the face of the earth, approving of the crimes of its leaders with such a gross impunity; from the slave trade to the abusive acquisition of our raw materials, unnecessary conflicts ranging from wars to genocides.
The French colonies have been rigged with violence and all kinds of inhuman treatments since the colonial era to the 21st Century. These post colonial countries have endured nothing but tragedies, and all that constitute violations to human rights and liberties by a country that promotes human rights and democracy. From economic burdens to psychological abuses, Africa, under colonial yoke has been straining to survive, stuck as a Third World continent, while other continents and countries had risen up to the competitive level. All African countries have been exposed and subject of are atrocities. Judge for yourself through the following events:
1-December 1944, massacre in a camp in Thiaroye (Senegal) the colonial administration brutally and forcefully reprises a peaceful demonstration of a group of black soldiers who marched to claim back wages. The result, 380 men were murdered.
2-May 1945, Selif (Algeria) Colonial police open fire on demonstrators claiming the independence of Algeria, and the liberation of Messali Hadj, chief of the Popular Party of Algeria (PPA) more than thousand dead.
3-From March 1947 to December 1948, Madagascar. Brutal repression of a demonstration for the independence. 80.000 dead.
4-From December 1954 to 1964 Algeria. Using as pretext the Algerian insurrection under the Front of National Liberation (FNL) The French occupation massacred almost one million Algerians.
5-From 1945 to 1971; massacre in Cameroun, in the Bameleke region, the slaughter caused nearly 400.000 dead and villages are burned down.
6-January 1963; French coup d'état against President Sylvanus Olympio of Togo.
7-February 8, 1964; France comes to help Leon M'ba who was deposed by progressive officers of the Gabonese army. He is reinstalled by French Para-commandos.
8-1967, civil war in Biafra (Nigeria); to acquire exclusive rights of exploration and extraction of oil, Gold, Colombite, Uranium, Coal in the Biafra province, France creates a vicious civil war led by Odumegwu Ojukwu; at least one million dead.
9-1994, the Rwanda genocide; France arms and trains Hutu rebels "Interahamwes" who massacred at least 800.000 Tutsis in Rwanda.
10-September 19, 2002; France organizes, arms, and trains a group of rebels in Burkina Faso to topple the government of President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire. More than 20.000 dead and villages wiped out. In 2004, French Militaries open fire on demonstrators; 57 dead and 2200 wounded.
11-From November 28, 2010 to April 2011; French organizes a fraudulent election to install Alassane Ouattara in power. They bring in Côte d'Ivoire African forces and arm them to slaughter the Ivorian people. More than 20.000 people are killed, 1200 burned, and cities and villages destroyed. Many escape into neighboring countries in exile. Around the country more people are randomly killed, thrown into wells and rivers, and villages are burned down. The French army seizes the Airport of Abidjan, bombarded for who weeks the Residence of President Laurent Gbagbo, and on April 11, 2011, he was abducted and handed over to Ouattara's rebels, then sent to The Hague at the ICC. Many are dead in the vicinity as the bombings went on.
INDEPENDENCE; [made in France]
As we can see, France is undeniably a colonial empire rather than a country of human rights. France gave Independence to countries that do not benefit from the privileges that independent countries upraise. This will lead me to ask a simple question: between the [giver] and the [taker], who does not know the definition of INDEPENDENCE? Or, are we simply dealing with the French version of independence which has nothing to do with reality? If so, we can agree and then seek the real INDEPENDENCE for our countries in Africa. Because I don't think it makes sense to believe we are INDEPENDENT, and have France messing with us indecently. We have seen countries around the world which were colonies before becoming independent countries, which do not encounter with their erstwhile masters, what we are with France. If African countries were going to be treated like this with their independence, why giving it in first place if you [the giver] knew you were not going to act upon it yourself? Why pretending you gave independence that is not real?
Now that we know what is at stake, as nations that are called [independent nations] but in reality are not; what do we do to get the records straight? Now that we have discovered that the drawback to our development is the colonial influence that is still lingering and keeping us enslaved, what do we do as a people? What attitude are we going to adopt? We need to understand that we have our part of responsibility in this. If someone gave you a vehicle, and you find out that one of the front tires is missing, and the steering wheel is locked, and you cannot unlock it; what do you do? This is the set of questions that I am asking my people of all ages and all walks of life. And after you have answered all these questions, do not limit yourselves there; move to the next level. I want to remind you of this: if you do not take actions for yourselves, no one will for you.
WAKE UP AFRICA; STAND UP AND GO FOR YOUR INDEPENDENCE.
It is only after that stage that we will begin creating jobs, building new infrastructures such as Roads, Bridges, Hospitals, new Universities, Housing developments for the lower class, and even making gas and clean water available for all. It is only then that the outsiders will respect you and your people, your continent, your countries, and they will start buying your resources according to your prices. It is he who has the materials, and who is the seller that must set the selling price; not the buyer who, for sure, will set the lowest price to keep you poor with your products. His intention is to get rich over you by taking your resources for free.
It is only then that your institutions will serve the same purposes they do elsewhere. It is only then that your nations will not only be called NATIONS, but will be respected as such.
But, I have an advice for you. This will not work without a price. So, here it is: above all, when you get to that level, do according to the World of God that says: "IN ALL YOUR GETTING, GET UNDERSTANDING." Until then, we can rest assured to remain where we are.
THE WESTERN STRATEGY
This problem of the sovereignty of Africa, and the French colonies in Africa is so crucial and of such great importance to me that I will not recline until it is solved. I don't know where you stand about this issue, but regardless of your position, I can still call on your attention, and ask you to answer the following questions: why would a country give itself the right to bomb another country unnecessary? Who gave France the right to kill my people as if they were animals? Who gave the French marines the right to surround the Residence of my President with 40 mortars, and then bomb it while he was inside from March 29, to April 11, as if he was a terrorist? Who gave France the right to destroy the little infrastructure that we had?
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Table of Contents
Word of Wisdom....................V
The Theme of the Book....................XV
The final deal....................266
The Battle of Armageddon....................269
My final thought....................274
Prayer for Côte d'Ivoire....................279