EU-Africa Relations 'Relationship of equals' Part 2
Friday, December 14, 2007
President Gabriel Robert Mugabe, as expected, wasted no time in responding to what he called the "gang of four", for daring to make a proxy speech against Zimbabwe, while Europe's ignominious division over that country once again thrust to the fore.
The aftermath of the beleaguered summit has so far being charactwerized by dramatic revealations that exposed a virtually confused and an uncertain European Union. Africa has done what has always been expected of it, speaking with one voice, and refusing to be dictated over the vexedly manipulated issue of Zimbabwe. And Europe, as uncertain as it has clearly manifested, continued on what it is best at, attacking Africa from an uninformed position.
When Gordon Brown made his infamous imperialist announcement, vowing not to attend the summit if Mugabe was invited, he had in effect allienated himself. On realizing this, his illusory sense of suppremacy wouldn't allow him to make a prudent u-turn. Certainly you would not expect that either, given that the bone of contention was between a blackman and a whiteman like him. Consequently, the innocent, fussy, "gang of four" were to do the job for the rather cunning Mr. Brown. Ms Angella Markel, the leader of a country as outragiously racist as Germany, a one time warmonger nation, was to do the dirty work.
Where this ignoramous contemporary European leader borrowed such a heart to criticise an innocent nation for its righful attempt to reposses its land, which was usurped from them by Brown's forefathers, only God knows. What is certain, however, is that she did the job well and she certainly got exactly what she expected. Ms Markel was reported to have begged President Thabo Mbeki, prior to her misguided outburst, to appeal to President Mugabe not to be hard-hitting in his response to her comments, as it was her constituency that demanded her to do that.
The response of Mr Mbeki was swift: "I am the mediator on Zimbabwe", he told her, and as such was well informed on the situation that was being discussed. Unfortunately for Ms Markel, even that rather softly softly response wouldn't save the German leader from the wrath of Comrade Mugabe, whose constituency expected just what came out of his mouth: "The fiction they (the gang of four) paraded is either the result of British propoganda or parhaps a misguided sense of racial solidarity with the white farmers in my country."
Indeed, the truth embeded in the above statement is the fundamental reason behind the spree of propaganda being spearheaded by Britain. It is gratifying to know that the traditional submissive attitude of African leaders is changing for good thanks to leaders such as Comrade Mugabe.