EU out to conquer African Union summit

Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development receives Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Djiboutian Prime Minister. (EC Audiovisual Services). Piebalgs seems very happy squeezing hard PM’s hand.

Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development receives Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Djiboutian Prime Minister. (EC Audiovisual Services). Piebalgs seems very happy squeezing hard the anxious PM’s hand.

The European Commission will be represented in force at the African Union (AU) summit of African heads of state and government to be held on 27–28 January. Among other dignitaries from Brussels and other EU capitals, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs will be also present in this African summit.

But what will he be carrying as a gift to give to the Africans? Obviously in his mind, Europeans must always carry something to give it out to the locals, when in Africa. Not a word about what they are taking from Africa. As we will see below, Piebalgs is utterly convinced that he must have something in his pockets to give it out to the good people of Africa during this very important summit.

So he asked the well-paid Commission employees in his office, who receive from the EU coffers in one day as much money the average African gains in a life time, to sit down and write a good text, containing many gifts for the people of Africa. Down below is what the bureaucrats turned out. Let’s start from the very first paragraph.

It goes like this: “The Strategy puts EU-Africa relations on a new footing, based on the pursuit of shared values, common interests and strategic objectives. Both sides are determined to overcome the traditional donor-recipient relationship and narrow development focus, instead wanting to strengthen their cooperation as equal partners, based on this shared long-term vision for EU-Africa relations in a globalised world”.

The average literate African after reading this, he or she might take a stick and start chasing the good Commissioner, because from what the average African knows the donors are them and the Europeans are the takers. Poor Commissioner, his employees have put him on the defence right from the beginning of the Conference.

Shared values

As for those “shared values”, Africans know much better than poor Piebalgs. And what they know is, that all the valuables of this continent have being taken away from them by the Europeans, who never accepted to share anything they had laid their hands on. Being that diamonds, game, uranium, petroleum and even still today, slaves are taken away from Africa and brought to Europe. Isn’t it a slave bazar what the European football companies are holding in Africa while looking for talents? Out of hundreds of African footballers they bring to Europe, they hold the stars and throw the rest to the dust bin. What about the human trafficking between Africa and Europe? Thousands have drowned in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

Reading down the first paragraph one can find also the centuries old European lie. Says the Commissioner: “wanting to strengthen cooperation as equal partners”. To learn how equal the Europeans think they are with the Africans, one should ask the Belgian historians. In a conference, regrouping all the schools of Belgian historians, the participants agreed on the number of Africans their compatriots killed while in Congo. They were extremists between the historians saying that the killings were tens of millions. At the end they agreed that a conventional estimate, of how many Africans the Belgians slaughtered while controlling Congo, is 8 million people.

Long-term vision

Then what about this sentence in the memo for use by the Commissioner saying: “shared long-term vision for EU-Africa relations”. Let’s see how shared are those visions using the last two examples of European interventions in Africa, Mali and Libya.

The French in Mali after the blunders of their initial military intervention are now trying to drag in it more Europeans. The EU Commission obeying the Paris call for help, rushed to activate a training facility of the Mali army in the capital Bamako. This is obviously a cover up for a full EU military presence in a conflict, between desert tribes and the western military technology. Every western arms dealer, including governments, rush now to Mali as they had rushed to Libya, to show-off their “goodies”, for the rest of the world to see and possible buy.

As for the real stakes in Mali, Europe and primarily France are very interested and attracted by what lies beneath the surface of the desert. What lies on it is just a problem, with the most difficult part being, the people. It seems that Paris has convinced the rest of the West that only Al Qaeda assassins live in the desert. Naturally the best way to deal with them is to spread death from the sky all over the place, so nothing living is left. Then the excavators will dig the earth unobstructed. Or so the French think.

It was like that in Libya. After the West did what it wanted with Gaddafi while he ruled and after he was killed, the place is left to rot. The country is a no man’s land full of war-lords, each of them in its own territory. Nobody touches them as long as they stay away from the oil installations. Actually some of them are serving as guardians of the oil installations, probably killing each-other to show the European masters who is best for the job.

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