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Monsieur St. Paul,
The timeliness of your post has met, yet another political demise of a "Freedom Fighter"; this time in the likes of the ninety three years old Robert Mugaby.
The Zimbabwean President had ruled his people for over three decades since the inception of the transitional power by the White colonialists establishment back in 1980. His latest land re-distribution initiative had made the headlines causing his White antagonist to brand him a despot for taking what they saw as an unprecedented exercise against their interest. How interesting it is to learn that African land, back in the hands of Africans has now become "an unconscionable undertaking".
What gaul! eh!?
And as it was with all his predecessors who had failed to acknowledge the expiration date of their shelf lives and take the honorable way out of politics, their distrusts of the populace is usually met with equal fear of them hence creating that perpetual dilemma of who can be trusted in a revolutionary environment. In the case of Mugaby, ironically, he is being forced out of office at the point of a gun held by the very same children and grandchildren he had "liberated" decades earlier. For Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and our own Grenadian Son, Maurice Bishop, their exit was quick, though quite messy. Theirs were done in broad day light for everyone to see; shot dead by the hands of those they try to liberate. The much revered leader and consummate freedom fighter, Commandante Fiedel had thumped his chest for much of his political life but in the end, went to his grave, leaving power to his Brother while the Cuban people continued to stand in line for their monthly food rations.
So to your question, (snided as it seems) >>>>>>....Where are the black freedom fighters of the 60s, 70s, and 80s? They moved from eating sprat, to eating sliced fish. No time for this kind of black stuff any more<<<<<< It seems like the potential Black Freedom Fighters have decided to revisit their position of dispensing freedom and join those with unforgiving consciences in that lucrative exercise we call "commerce". They have re-branded themselves to be regarded as entrepreneurs in an environment best suited for them; one that has no room to accommodate the conscience and where the product and its economies takes precedent over all others. It is one, they believe, where the ultimate goal is to make money- the new benchmark for attaining freedom- regardless of the product being exchanged and where one's own Mother could be bought or sold by the highest bidder. There are some Black men who would have no qualms about that practice.
Yes indeed! there is a disturbing sentiment among many, that the nature of being in business is "the end all and cure all" to the Blackman problems. Those are the ones who would have no reservations in perpetuating a quasi slavery system, the likes of what we are seeing in Libya today. I am appalled that the collective minds of the African leaders have not seen it necessary to jointly condemn that practice in a manner similar to the Jewish approach to their Holocaust experience.
What a bloody shame!
We too should have adopted by now, the "never again" mantra with the same sense of purpose and urgency and be prepared to sound a clarion call to arms against all those who attempted to enslave us. South Africa under its apartheid system and 20% White rule understood that sense of urgency and protected themselves with nuclear weapons, poised to eliminate the 70% of Blacks if necessary.
We instead had chosen to stand bare with our naked hasses once again and expose ourselves to the mentality of those same perpetrators who had put us in chains.
Ohhhh Nelson!; ohhhhh Desmond!; ohhhhh Oliver!
Monsieur Louison from the French Quarters
There is hope: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42095629
Even with all his real issues, it is sad to see an old Revolutionary departs this way. The generation gap gets them all. Watching the 20 somethings celebrating his downfall in the street, reminds me of the importance of teaching history to the generations that follow a revolution. I could never understand how Revolutionaries get so drunk on power. It is a damn shame to watch a nation with so much potential managed by such bad leadership. Even when considering the pressures faced from some evil external forces! Let us see what will happen now without comrade Maguabe. If Libya and Iraqi are examples, then Africa is heading towards a sad future.