Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Who should we thank?

The law of unintended consequences, states that all good intentions always leads to unintended consequences.

In short, the cleverest people on the planet cannot foresee the unintended consequences of their actions. Imagine what happens if stupid people sit and try to make other people behave the way they see as the “right” way …..

I, read a lot of news related to South Africa, and obviously its neighbours. I stumbled onto this article in the Zimbabwe Mail, which made me think about the last 40 years of turmoil in the Southern African States.

Yes, I am old enough to have seen all of it.

I was in the army in the then South West Africa when we suddenly started to withdraw our forces out of Angola.

There were a lot of reasons given, but we obviously were not privy to the real reasons, but I can remember the rumours that the CIA has withdrawn their support, leaving the then South African government with no American support.

If we look at the road Zimbabwe took aver the last 30 years, and we look for reasons of why it is what it is today, we have to think of how the transformation happened there, And we obviously also have to look at who did what, and who was responsible for what.

Here I have to single out the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Carter administration of the USA of the time.

They did not like the peaceful negotiations that led to Muzorewa leading Zimbabwe, and under their “leadership” we had elections that led to Mugabe. They rather associate themselves with bloodthirsty murderers, than with any peaceful negotiations with white people.
They got what they asked for.

That brings us to South Africa.
Sanctions by the west, which is the USA, the UK and most if not all of Europe lead to the eventual “peaceful” negotiated new government and constitution. And at the forefront of all this were the leftist extremists that were the most vocal and threatening.
They got what they asked for.

Which brings us to today’s news that you can read below.
Are the west seeing there unintended consequences?
The southern part of Africa is a real threat for world peace. Is this a farfetched conclusion?

I don’t think so.

With Iran's Ahmedinejad in Harare last week and ANC's Julius Malema in Caracas, meeting Venezuela's president Hugo Chávez. Events are moving with incredible speed in southern Africa, almost too quickly to comprehend, as a new world order takes shapes in a configuration that has changed the sub-continent forever.

President Ahmedinejad of Iran, last week arrived in Zimbabwe as the guest of the Mugabe regime, for a secret deal to mine uranium for Iran's nuclear programme.

Julius Malema arrived in Venezuela as the guest of the Yanqui-bashing regime of Hugo Chavez (Iran and Venezuela both sustained by oil revenues, Venezuela with its comprehensive statisation of the economy, Iran hell-bent on developing nuclear weapons for the global Islamist Armageddon).

Extending ever deeper southwards, China is the new benevolent uncle bestriding the sub-continent in the shoes of Cecil Rhodes, on condition that African governments should not be too solicitous about their independence....

Meanwhile, in South Africa: weak government, with the overwhelmingly dominant party of state racked with ferocious internal divisions, the President (of the state, and of the ruling party) racked with indecision as he attempts to hold together the factions of his ascendancy to office, in an increasingly fractious coalition.

Iran - China - Venezuela ... here is the alignment of a new world order unimagined by George W Bush, as he led the United States with the blind assurance of a sleepwalker into unimaginable debt, and wars in the Muslim countries (is it correct to say 'states'?) of Iraq and Afghanistan, with the former Great Britain (now brand 'UK') at his heels.

Here there is no road-map from the past to guide South Africa to the future.

This was a context unimaginable to the Christian gentlemen who founded the African National Congress almost one hundred years ago, and led it under the guidance of iNkosi Albert Luthuli and even, to some extent, in exile, Oliver Reginald Tambo.

Unimaginable too to the rugged champions of the Communist Party of South Africa, which metamorphosed itself into the SACP after it was banned in 1950: both parties ideologically baptised in the secularist font of Soviet Russia, and whose Iranian sister party, the Tudeh, was massacred by the mullahs' regime now headed by Ahmedinejad on a scale that would make Mugabe's Gukurahundi killings in Matabeleland look like a children's nursery.... So much for the emancipation of women, for free and fair elections, for the secular alliance of Christian, Muslim, Jew and Hindu which convened the Congress of the People at Kliptown in 1955, and created the Freedom Charter.

And all the while, South Africa deteriorates into a condition in which, as one anguished commentator put it last week, "all the manouevres in the ANC have one thing in common: access to economic freedom for those who can use their ANC positions to do so."

A party of warring kleptocracies and would-be kleptocracies, in which the ideals of decades of sacrifice are boiled down to the lowest common denominator, where a scramble for public office is the means to private graft.

Where the phrase 'tenderpreneur', invented only a short time ago, almost overnight becomes a term of everyday speech, in a movement in which a few decades ago individuals went to the gallows for a certain ideal of public service.

Where the term 'Bermuda' now refers - not to an island in the Caribbbean, or a holiday destination for the rich, or a sinister legendary triangle - but to the 'shorts' by which politically-connected tenderpreneurs leave their ill-gotten public contracts half fulfilled, so that their bridges fall down, and their roads wash away in the rain. Where the public, once again, is short-changed....

Where the serial murder of politically connected individuals - related, apparently, to tenderpreneur deals for the World Cup stadium at Mbombela, in Mpumalanga - appears to have extended also to the death in a car crash of January Masilela, exile veteran of Umkhonto we Sizwe's intake from the 1976 generation, and holder of a post no less than that of Secretary of Defence in the civil service.

"All changed, changed utterly," wrote Yeats in 'Easter, 1916', his poem about insurrection in Ireland. As he asked in 'The Second Coming', a dystopian prophecy: "And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,/ Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

Here is the introduction to southern Africa's Brave New World.

3 Opinion(s):

Trey Cruz said...

The CIA has always been a rather schizophrenic organization, and almost guaranteed to leave you in the lurch.
In retrospect: You had the NUKE, and you should have used it.
If you had fried every major kaffir population center south of Lusaka you would have bought yourselves at least another 75 years.

FishEagle said...

I had a rather strange encounter in Pick and Pay yesterday. I was in an isle and a young black girl asked me what day it was. I was slightly puzzled. Week day or date?? Date. It surprised me, considering that it was the supposedly, highly, revered Freedom Day. I joked and asked whether she was a student. Insulted by my joke, she told me she was a practicing advocate. WTF?? At first I thought to myself, well then the joke is on whitey. But Steve Biko must be turning in his grave right now.

Ron. said...

Thank the New World Order [ which is just the old world order on steroids backed by military force ] which was mentioned by name in this article. A lot of folks do not understand that the main goal of destroying local civilization is to make the regions MUCH more integratable into the New World Order. Without the ongoing destruction of the various strong national collectivities: it would be impossible to force the various nations into a single dictatorial global construct.