Terrorist groups in Africa an excuse for Western powers to exploit continent

2021-04-08 21:15:39
Terrorist groups in Africa an excuse for Western powers to exploit continent

Despite the fact that former colonial powers have left African countries, Western neocolonialists are spreading terrorism to justify and expand their military presence in the continent.

These countries have been inciting sedition and discord in the region for their own interests.

The presence of terrorist groups in Africa is an excuse for global powers to re-enter these countries. This was seen in the French military intervention in Mali and the US military campaign in Somalia.

This has raised doubts about the connection of Western countries with terrorist groups.

After the defeat of terrorist groups like Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, many experts believe the West decided to use Africa as a breeding ground for terrorism and spread violence.

Unrest, underdevelopment, poverty and political instability are among the factors in the spread of Daesh in some African nations.

Mozambique is a good example. The country, located in Southeastern Africa, is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources, including natural gas. However, the country is still one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world.

Terror groups have been increasingly active since 2017 in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province. The government has said dozens of people died in the latest assault that began on March 24.

France had major role in Rwanda’s genocide in 1994 that killed 800,000: Report

A new report by historians reveals that France bears “overwhelming responsibilities” over the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that killed about 800,000 people and was indirectly complicit in the massacres.

The so-called Duclert report was set up by French President Emmanuel Macron and based on two years of research. It is named after Vincent Duclert, who headed the fact-finding commission of 14 historians.

The report found Paris, under former President Francois Mitterrand — who was close to the Hutu-led government that carried out the genocide — bears serious responsibility in the slaughter of around 800,000 people in Rwanda between April and July of 1994.

Mitterrand had close ties with Rwanda’s Hutu president Juvénal Habyarimana. His death in a helicopter crash unleashed the genocide.

The report came after years of accusations France did not do enough to halt the massacres and was even complicit in the crimes.

France and Rwanda have long traded accusations over the killings. Rwanda described the Duclert report a step forward. Kigali is expected to shortly release its own report on the genocide.

Many observers said the report doesn’t go far enough and has left many questions unanswered. They say many documents on the genocide are missing or were destroyed.

Survie Association, a French group highly critical of France’s colonial rule, slams it as superficial. “First what’s needed is a recognition of complicity from France and apologies to the Rwandan people, the Rwandan government, the group’s spokesman David Martin said.

“Second there should be trial for people who have taken decisions (during 1994), have assisted in decisions. There are still people who are alive today ... It is very important that justice is done,” he added.

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