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An Alternative View On Zimbabwe today
By Akili Secka
Pan African Improvement Organization, Ghana
“Military strategy presupposes political aims. All military problems are political, and all political problems are economic” - Kwame Nkrumah, Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare
In 1963, the government of Ghana, led by President Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972), moved a motion to the United Nations Security Council. The motion stated that Britain should not hand over the British military, with massive amounts of British weapons, and a well equipped British air force to the illegal European settlers in Zimbabwe.
The illegal white settlers made up less than 5% of the population of Zimbabwe, called Southern Rhodesia at the time.
This group of settlers, governed by the Rhodesian Front Party (RF), which was the Dominion Party, avowed to established a “white dominion,” consisting of Zimbabwe, parts of Zambia (copper belt) and Katanga (the richest province in Congo), on the apartheid model of South Africa, and to link with Portuguese Colonialism and apartheid South Africa.
Britain was accustomed to stealing the resources in these locations and therefore vetoed the resolution to stop the arms handover, and armed the illegal settlers in Zimbabwe, giving them airplanes that were a threat to newly independent African states in the region.
This was because Britain saw the illegal white Dominion Party, under Ian Smith, as the most feasible organ for continued theft of Africa’s resources in that location. We can clearly see the economic motive behind Britain’s decision on who to arm.
President Nkrumah urged the Independent states of Africa “to take the initiative of their own defence and that of the people of Zimbabwe.” On 19 November 1965, he “Requested the Secretary General of the OAU to convene a meeting of defence Ministers and military chiefs of staff to plan ahead realistically to meet the danger which at the moment threatens Africa” and “Wrote to African heads of state proposing the signing of a Treaty of Mutual Defence and Security.”
President Nkrumah also trained soldiers from Zimbabwe, in Ghana, to go back to Zimbabwe and fight against the racist illegal settler colonial state of Southern Rhodesia, with arms. This training was given by the Ghana Armed Forces, not only to combatants in Zimbabwe, but throughout Africa, that were fighting against Colonialism and foreign domination.
Africans in Southern Africa organized themselves into fighting forces and made the ultimate sacrifice, their blood, to defeat the European settlers and forcibly take over political power throughout Southern Africa. In Zimbabwe, after a 14 year bloody war, the Ian Smith led RF government was defeated, in 1980.
In Angola the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), with Cuba and SWAPO (South West African People’s Organization), defeated the Portuguese military, the Apartheid South African military, and their surrogates, UNITA and FNLA, and freed Angola and Namibia.
Emergence of neo-colonialism
European Colonialism, entrenched into Africa from the time of the Berlin Conference of 1884, was finally defeated with the coming into political power of the African National Congress in South Africa in 1991. This political independence was a result of the African and Cuban victory over the Apartheid military at Cuito Cuanavale in 1988, and the armed struggle of the ANC’s Umkhonto We Sizwe and the PAC’s Azanian People’s Liberation Army.
European Imperialism had to reshape itself to maintain its economic interest in Africa; this was to be led by the USA. In 1960, democratically elected Prime Minister of the Congo, Patrice Lumumba’s government was overthrown and he was assassinated.
According to CIA station Chief for the Congo, Larry Devlin, Mobutu was promised, by the CIA, US support to launch an overthrow of Lumumba’s government. Also according the Larry Devlin, US President Eisenhower sent him instructions to assassinate PM Lumumba.
He cited US access to the Congo’s cobalt (the raw material for producing jet engines) as one of the important factors in arming Mobutu, and overthrowing and assassinating Lumumba. Another CIA backed overthrow was launched in Ghana on 24 February 1966, by traitors and paid agents within President Nkrumah’s military and police force.
This was in retaliation for Nkrumah’s moves to secure control of the resources of Ghana for its people, and his work to free and unify the rest of Africa from Imperialism. Along with the publication of his famous book, Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism; which exposed US neo-colonialism as the number one enemy of Africa and called for its destruction.
In fact, US military aggression, facilitated through the CIA, used financing and distribution of arms to traitors in Africa as the principle means of securing control over Africa’s resources. Between 1963 and 1971 seventeen African states have known successful coupe d’etat...” And, Africa has had more than 60 successful coups since independence (1952 Egypt’s Monarch was overthrown)]...Over 30 out of Africa’s 51 independent countries have experienced at least one coup and 14 have had more than one.” Reports Nigeria Tribune, Thursday, May 24, 1984
This is how US Colonialism has come to dominate Africa, or rather America’s [new] Colonialism; Neo-Colonialism. According to Kwame Nkrumah, “foremost among the Neo-Colonialists is the United States which has long exercised its power in Latin America.” In 1961, at the 3rd All African People’s Conference held in Cairo, Egypt, African Heads of States, liberation movements, revolutionary pan African political parties, and African Trade Unions condemned “the US, Federal Germany, Israel, Britain, Belgium, Holland, and France [as] the main perpetuators of neo-colonialism.”
Neo-Colonialism is an alliance between European and US Imperialism and the indigenous “anti-people’s class;” the most corrupt, immoral, unprincipled, greedy and selfish class of Africans. This is the class that facilitated the man hunting, murdering, buying and selling of their own kind in exchange for European manufactured goods, under the organization and economic control of the European capitalist class (Slavery).
This is the same class that facilitated the massive robbery and exploitation of Africa’s wealth and labor under the direct foreign political and military occupation of Africa by colonial Governors and soldiers, through the policy of “indirect rule” (Colonialism). Today they allow EU/US companies to control and steal the most valuable resources in Africa, while they facilitate foreign domination and exploitation over the citizens (Neo-Colonialism).
Nkrumah states, “the danger to world peace springs not from the action of those who seek to end neo-colonialism but from the inaction of those who allow in to continue.”
The struggle for Zimbabwe
Today we see Zimbabwe being attacked by US and British media terrorism. Their attack is under the guise of bringing “democracy” to Zimbabwe, led by US imperialist fronts like, the National Endowment for Democracy. In reality what they mean by democracy is “bourgeois democracy.” According to Nkrumah, under bourgeois democracy, “freedom is confined to the political sphere, and has no relevance to economic matters.”
Many Africans have been deceived by the imperialist doctrine of bourgeois democracy, as a result of constant imperialist propaganda. Lenin said that dialectics show “…under what conditions [opposites] are identical, transforming themselves into one another…” This can be applied to Zimbabwe’s elections to determine what conditions take free and fair into the category of un-free and un-fair. The imperialist assault on Zimbabwe’s economy, using US/EU sanctions, has created mass poverty and hunger within Zimbabwe. The imperialists have invested massive amounts of capital to develop a surrogate force within Zimbabwe, the MDC.
Imperialism and its surrogate, the MDC, have harmonized their propaganda to blame Zanu-PF for the hunger and poverty created by the MDC/US/EU sanctions; all financed by the US/EU capitalist class. They have also conveyed to the people that voting for MDC, the surrogate of the US/EU, is the key to stopping the economic assault, and the resultant hunger and poverty. Imperialism controls the productive forces in Zimbabwe (mines, banks, industries) and Zanu-PF is making a move to control those very forces with the indigenization and empowerment policies.
Under these circumstances, imperialist aggression and infiltration, economic sanctions, media terrorism, and antagonism over the productive forces, Zimbabwe elections can not be considered free and fair. In reality Zimbabwe represents the front line in Africa’s just war against US led neo-colonialism.
US imperialism is playing a vicious game on Africa. They use military aggression and CIA overthrows to gain control of Africa’s resources. They put a vassal class in power over Africa’s people to facilitate the expropriation of Africa’s resources and the exploitation of Africa’s labour.
They confine African political activity to voting on who will facilitate our exploitation for American Imperialism. They attack revolutionary and progressive forces, using bourgeois democracy and terrorism propaganda, to establish moral authority. They disguise American imperialist puppets as independent leaders.
Zimbabwe is endowed with Uranium, Platinum, Chrome, Gold, Diamonds, Methane Gas, Coal, asbestos, copper, nickel, iron ore, tobacco, and cotton. US imperialism sees Tsvangarai’s MDC as the political weapon to stop the people of Zimbabwe’s advance on these valuable resources. In fact, Tsvangarai is attempting to play the same role Mobutu played in the Congo understanding that “…all political problems are economic.”
Morgan Tsvangarai and the MDC are tools for imperialist robbery in Zimbabwe and this is why the US and UK are hell bent on the destruction of President Mugabe and the Zanu-PF government in Zimbabwe. They will not succeed in their nefarious plans.
Zanu-PF strikes imperialism
President Mugabe has seized the land from under a European Settler Colonial State for the first time in history. This is unprecedented and one of the greatest accomplishments in modern history. It also exposes the hypocrisy of settler colonial occupations in Namibia, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, North America, and Israel, posturing as champions of democracy. Native Americans in the US and Aborigines in Australia clearly have no vote on how they see fit to control their own land and resources, which is real democracy.
The Zanu-PF government, in 1987, committed 30,000 troops to guarantee the sovereignty of the Frelimo government of Mozambique against Apartheid mercenary force RENAMO. The commitment of Zimbabwe, through SADC Operation Sovereign Legitimacy, to defend Congo from an Imperialist backed invasion force highlights Zanu-PF’s valuable role for Africa’s liberation forces against imperialism. Mugabe has been fighting Imperialism, not only in Zimbabwe, but throughout Africa.
President Mugabe has also instituted indigenization and economic empowerment policies in Zimbabwe. Policies which are putting the Zimbabwe people in economic control of Zimbabwe’s means of producing wealth and economy by requiring by law that indigenous Zimbabweans own at least 51% of the key resources, mines, banks, and industries in Zimbabwe.
This is the same reason Ghana’s elected government, constitution, and population was overthrown by the CIA and local traitors on 24 February 1966. Like Nkrumah, Mugabe is demanding “partners and not bosses,” and today like yesterday US imperialism is not looking for partners in Africa, only Neo-Colonial puppets.
In other words, he is standing up to US Neo-Colonialism and saying NO to the status quo; similarly to Sekou Toure’s NO against the French to achieve independence in 1958. This is a great example for all of Africa and the world.
The enemy is becoming desperate. They have sent a House Slave, Jendayi Frazer, to Southern Africa to make ridiculous and unfounded statements, which have been rebuffed by her white masters in Washington. But we all know she has to show more hatred for African freedom fighters than common sense will allow, to maintain their trust. She has even been threatening African leaders who won’t attack President Mugabe enough, to satisfy her master, George Bush. She is truly a “cat’s claw” for Neo-Colonialism and White Supremacy.
They are using white racist and imperialist controlled South African labour organizations to try to stop Chinese weapons and commodities from reaching Zimbabwe and pressuring SADC governments not to allow Chinese ships like the An Yue Jiang to land on their ports.
They do this as if America and Britain never armed their illegal apartheid state to commit mass murder and torture women and children with electric shocks, while they, even as I type right now, vomit their hypocrisy from on top of stolen land, drenched with African blood. America is the number one weapons seller in the world with 30% and Britain is number six with around 13%, China is a distant tenth with 2%.
The Apartheid Democratic Alliance, spokesman Coenraad Bezuidenhout, is even attempting to demonize China and sabotage their South African trade by calling for an air embargo against Chinese cargo planes, while praising Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa for ‘leadership and courage.’
This makes us remember when apartheid Minister of Defence Magnus Milan and Foreign Minister Pik Botha dressed up mercenary and mass murderer Jonas Savimbi in a pastors robe and paraded him through the white house and on western media as black Jesus Christ, the saviour of Christianity, while Ronald Reagan gave him stinger missiles to shoot down government airplanes in Angola.
What has changed since Morgan Tsvangarai and other MDC officials were deported from Zambia for meeting secretly with Freedom House, a US-funded organization headed by former CIA and FBI agents. Have they now found religion like Jonas Savimbi did before going to get stinger missiles from Ronald Reagan? Or is it the 71 million dollars in financial support given to Zambia by USAID.
The same USAID that funds and advises opposition NGO’s and political parties in Venezuela, for “psychological operations” (PSYOPS), and the creation of polling companies in Venezuela like the ZESN in Zimbabwe.
The mouthpiece of American economic thinking, the American Wall Street Journal, published an article by the assistant editor, Kirchick, titled “Arm Zimbabwe’s opposition” stating that “America has chosen a side in this war. Perhaps it’s time we help it fight…”
A Herald article titled, “See Tsvangarai for what he is,” made it plain when it revealed that according to the US State department, Zimbabwe ‘‘poses a continuous and extra-ordinary threat to the foreign policy of the US,’’ and its allies. And US foreign policy, as we all know, is about global dominance over people and their resources.
Defeat US Neo-Colonialism
Dr Motsoko Pheko, former president of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, stated, “Fundamentally, Zimbabwe's problem is about who must control the riches of Africa - its indigenous people or its former colonialists. Sanctions and funding for "regime change" by Britain and the US are naked imperialism…”
It’s time for African Liberation forces to “stand up” and defeat Neo-Colonialism, the number one enemy of Africa. We must fight for land and resources and not build castles in the sky of bourgeois democracy. The solution is an All African Union Government in which the working masses own and control the productive forces and wealth of Africa. We must own and vote on our resources!
Smash Neo-Colonialism! Victory to Mugabe, Zanu-PF!
Pan African Improvement Organization
1 May 2008
Legacy of Colonialism and Consequences to Contemporary Zimbabwe and Africa in General
Western Mass Media Psychological Operations and Zimbabwe
Psychological Operations (PSYOP, PSYOPS), are techniques used by military and police forces to influence a target audience's emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and behavior. Target audiences can be governments, organizations, groups, and individuals, and are used in order to induce confessions, or reinforce attitudes and behaviors favorable to the originator's objectives. These are sometimes combined with black operations or false flag tactics. This concept has been used by military institutions throughout history, but it is only since the twentieth century that it has been accorded the organizational and professional status it enjoys now.
The word is commonly used by governments, such as the United States, who do not wish to use the term propaganda, which would mar their image. The word propaganda has very negative connotations, and by calling it psychological operations instead, more sophisticated methods of psychological manipulation are accurately incorporated by the terminology. This euphemism for mind control is ironically an example of psychological operations -- i.e. using psychological techniques to persuade [manipulate] a large number of people to support something that they wouldn't normally support.