THE RECOLONIZATION OF AFRICA: Condemnation of Mali war and denunciation of Western neo-colonial plot
On January 11, 2013, France launched a military intervention in Mali, an African country where nearly half the population lives on less than $ 1.25 per day. Paris’ reasons for justifying this operation come straight out of the "war on terror" rhetoric, so dear to the Bush Jr. administration. On January 17, independent MP Laurent Louis denounced before the Belgian Parliament the real goals of the intervention. The only legislator to oppose Belgium’s backing of the French operation, Laurent Louis points out that Western countries - including France - have supported and continue to support, in Syria, the same jihadists that Paris claims it wants to fight in Mali.
VOLTAIRE NETWORK | BRUSSELS (BELGIUM) | 4 FEBRUARY 2013
Explanation of vote by independent Belgian MP Laurent Louis, Belgian Parliament January 17, 2013
Thank you, Mr. President.
Dear Ministers, dear colleagues.
Belgium is indeed the land of surrealism. This morning we learned from the media that the Belgian army is incapable of subduing some extremist soldiers with radical Islamist beliefs embedded within its own ranks and who cannot be dismissed for lack of legal means. However, at the same time, we decide to help France in its war against “terror” by providing logistical support for its operation in Mali.
What wouldn’t we do to fight terrorism outside our borders? I just hope we took care not to send these much talked-about Belgian Islamist soldiers to take part in this anti-terrorist operation in Mali! I might be joking, but what is going on in the world today does not make me laugh at all. It doesn’t make me laugh because without any doubt the leaders of Western countries are taking their people for fools, with the help and support of the press, which today is nothing more than the propaganda organ of the powers that be.
Everywhere in the world, military operations and regime destabilization are becoming more and more frequent. Preventive war has become the rule. Nowadays in the name of democracy or the war on terrorism our states feel entitled to violate the sovereignty of independent countries and to overthrow legitimate leaders.
There was Iraq, Afghanistan, the wars of American lies, followed by Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and thanks to your decisions, our country was in the front line participating in crimes against humanity in order to overthrow, each time, progressive and moderate regimes and to replace them with Islamist regimes, whose first desire was to impose Sharia law - how ironic is that?
It is the same now in Syria where Belgium is shamefully funding the weapons of the Islamist rebels who are trying to overthrow Bashar Al Assad. In the midst of an economic crisis, as more and more Belgians can no longer house themselves, eat, keep warm or look after their health ... oh yes, I can already hear you calling me a filthy populist! ... our Foreign Minister decides to offer 9 million Euros to the Syrian rebels! Of course, they’ll try to make us believe that this money will be used for humanitarian purposes … one more lie!
As you can see, for months our country has actually been involved in installing Islamic regimes in North Africa and the Middle East. So, when they pretend to go to war in order to combat terrorism in Mali, well … it makes me laugh.
It’s false! Under the appearance of good actions, we only intervene to defend financial interests with a clearly neo-colonialist mindset.
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