African Dictators Are Glorified Stooges of the West

By Nicholas Sengoba

Embattled Libyan leader, the ‘powerful’ Col. Muammar Gaddafi, is probably hiding somewhere in a bunker, biting his nails. But things have not always been like this. The self-declared ‘King of Kings’ and a horde of other high-sounding but equally spurious titles is in a very precarious situation following the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya and the concomitant military action led by NATO.

Naturally, Gaddafi’s predicament has divided opinion on the African continent; producing voices of sympathy or support from Uganda’s Museveni on the one hand and those of condemnation on the other from the likes of Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.

Whichever way one looks at it, the divergent views of African countries on the fight that has been taken to Gaddafi, all amounts to the same thing- a slavish acknowledgment that African claim to independence is a whimsical sham.

Most of what the African leader does is dictated by what the West wants and thinks. Then the African follows or pretends to cry foul. Africa is ruled and dictated to by the powerful West and all those who fail to recognise this are tempting the fate that has befallen Gaddafi.

All the Generals and Field Marshals with their special forces, guard brigades and their expensive modern equipment amount to nothing if the West does not bless them. Most of their plans to rule forever face the real threat of the displeasure or acceptance of the West.

Gaddafi has once again presented an opportunity to the West to rub this point in and strike fear in the hearts of African leaders. The sum total of the message being that; they are Generals in the African context, useful in crushing rioters and opposition leaders or raiding other pathetic African nations, if it is in the interest of the West.

So those who are crying for Gaddafi have a selfish interest in the matter. They remind us of the African saying that a sensible woman always throws away the stick that beats her co-wife. In their own calculation, if a clever opposition positions itself as a champion of Western interests, it is possible for the West to drop an African puppet President like a hot potato and shift its support to his contenders leading to regime change by enforcement!

Then those who are commending the West are doing the most sensible thing a slave who wants to live a comfortable life does with the slave driver. He nurses the ego of the tormentor and shows him all due respect as the boss who is always right and sensible. It buys him time and favours and keeps him in the good books of the master shielding him away from the lashes of the whip. It gives the master the impression that the slave is willing to betray his colleagues for the sake and for the interests of the master, however wrong the actions of the master might be.

The real meaning of this is that most of what we do in Africa for the sake of determining our destiny is meaningless if the West does not give it the nod. From elections to coups and revolutions, the invisible hand of the West is ever present. The West is the unseen guest at the table in the secret and powerful meetings most of our leaders hold in confidence to determine the fate of our countries.

Therein lies the answer for those who have always been intrigued by the question of how to get rid of leaders who have decided to perpetuate themselves in power. Understand that those who have overstayed their welcome are basically glorified stooges and puppet taking care of the interests of the West -however much they may conceal it. Those who have intentions of circumventing the long-standing leaders of Africa must accept to bear the interests of the West, the rest will fall in line.

The monitor, Uganda


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    Democratic State of Zambia 6 years

    Libyans do not consider themselves Africans. They even make this known. They consider themselves Arabs. But in in Arabia they are considered AFricans… hahhaaaa
    Even the Sudanese do not consider themselves Africans – ati they are Arabs – hence the problems in those regions

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    Youngest Major 6 years

    Londoner, you are so brainy !! thanks for clarifying such a big point.

    Libya’s GDP was well much above that of USA.To whose credit? Gaddafi.But because Sakozi and Cameron are so scred of what the man needs to do for Africa THEY TOOK THE COURAGE TO DROP BOMBS ON OUR SOILS WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM OUR TOOTHLESS AU.

    All Libyans out of employment were on social funding much higher than given in Europe and USA.

    Africans lets open our eyes otherwise we will one day work up under recolonisation..!!

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    kiyuni 7 years

    The author shouldn’t worry. Doesn’t he know the Chinese are coming? Yes, soon they will have all the world financial power. And of course, they aren’t “imperialists”. Are they? Things will be clearer with the Chinese. They just want the minerals and Africans to dig them out of the ground for them. And when things don’t improve, we can always blame the Chinese for stealing the resources of Africa and leaving nothing behind.

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    Os 7 years

    No blame game here on the west. African leaders are to blame. You are traitors. Evil Gaddafi is butchering his own and you are there watching. Consequently you give a lee way to these greed and hypocritical people from the west

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    londoner 7 years

    It seems most of the violence being perpetuated in Libya is coming from the rebels,aided by the aerial bombing by the West.The rebels never declared a ceasefire nor do they want one.The West is hell-bent on grabbing Libya’s oil and usurping the Libyan assets/monies held in Western banks and countries.Most African leaders are stooges of the West..Cameron and Sarkozy have Jewish heritage so they are doing the work for Zionists!Anyone with any brains can see this.

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    someone here has stated that “As such he is unpopular in the west which wants Africa to remain divided making us impotent and easy to manipulate and control”. let me respectfully and vehemently disagree with you. without the west we are already impotent and easy to to manipulate and control. how many voices from the continent have you heard speaking up against the brutality by Col. Muammar Gaddafi? we are a disjointed continent as it is. the problems that Africa has are 99% caused by Africans.

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    Kilyon bauze!

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    Wantanshi 7 years

    Africa is weak because we have accepted and are happy to be divided according to colonial boundaries. And that is precisely why we will forever play second fiddle to the mighty west. Gaddafi may be a despot (benevolent despot?) but he stands for the true independence of Africa by promoting one united Africa with a single government. As such he is unpopular in the west which wants Africa to remain divided making us impotent and easy to manipulate and control. As long as we remain fragmented the we will always be puppets dancing to the strings pulled by the west. It’s not total independence when we haven’t scrapped the boundaries. The instant we organize our selves into a united Africa we will not be easily manipulated. As undeveloped as we may be we are still a major political and economic heavyweight nonetheless if our respective consolidate into one.

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    Kilyon 7 years

    Where was the African Union when Gaddafi was killing libyans for peacefully expressing their desire for governance reforms? I dont think it is fair for us to start crying imperialism when we have failed as a continent to put up measures to maintain peace and intervene militarily when need arises. As long as we Africans are not capable of resolving conflicts and disputes within our territory, I am afraid other nations are more than willing to assist us in that regard. Besides, the intervention in Libya is a UN mandated initiative aimed at stopping the bloody maniac in his tracks. Let us swallow our pride and accept our failings and inadequacies. Otherwise, we can as well own up the nation/state system of governing ourselves and instead revert to the pre-Strone Age when we used to share sanctuary in caves with rats and lizards.