The title of a recently released Al-Arabiya article is “Mali coup leaders close all borders amid condemnation from Washington and Africa” (Web-site/URL: http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/22/202468.html).
“A Malian junta announced Thursday (March 22, 2012) the closure of the country’s borders after claiming to have seized power from President Amadou Toumani Toure in a coup in the early hours of the morning”. “seized power…in a coup” reminds us of the TUNISIAN revolution that ousted the dictator ZINE EL ABIDINE BEN ALI who had been in power for 23 years.
“In a statement on STATE television, surrounded by the band of mutineers who have formed a junta calling itself the National Committee for the Establishment of DEMOCRACY (?), Sergeant Salif Kone said: “We have closed all the borders until further notice”. “STATE television” and “democracy” clearly DON’T go together. “STATE television” is usually part of a DICTATORSHIP which is intended/designed to BRAINWASH/INDOCTRINATE people with GOVERNMENT PROPAGANDA. In other words, ” STATE television” and “democracy” usually DON’T go together. “Calling themselves the National Committee for the Establishment of DEMOCRACY (?), Mali troops earlier FOUGHT their way into the presidential palace and FORCED Toure to flee”. Again, this should remind us of TUNISIA, with the only difference being that this revolution in Mali was slightly VIOLENT: notice “fought”. BEN ALI, of course, was forced to flee with little resistance: Ben Ali was brought down over allegations that “the president’s son-in-law owned a tiger and flew in ice cream from overseas” (Web-site/URL: http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/tunisian-revolts-force-president-flee-tunsisia-protests-twitter-social-network-revolution-12620113).
“The soldiers said they acted due to (the) government’s “inability” to put down a Tuareg-led insurrection in the north, and claimed on television to have ousted an “INCOMPETENT REGIME” and dissolved STATE INSTITUTIONS“. Well, the MILITARY JUNTA IS ALSO a “regime” and a “state institution” which means that the military junta IS ALSO “incompetent”.
The White House released the following statement: “We call for the IMMEDIATE (?) restoration of constitutional rule in Mali, including full civilian authority over the armed forces and RESPECT for the country’s democratic institutions and traditions”. “immediate?” POLITICIANS almost NEVER do things “immediately”. “respect” is also a precious commodity these days, especially in CHINA, HONG KONG and TAIWAN. In these countries, as soon as someone enters into a relationship, even if there is a hint that this is happening, PARENTS start yelling about this based on OUTDATED STEREOTYPES (e.g. WOMEN DON’T HAVE TO WORK AFTER ENTERING INTO LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS OR MARRIAGE) and many of them often start gossiping and yelling about their children’s potential relationships BEFORE THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE READY TO HAVE THIS INFORMATION REVEALED. This can include PHYSICAL DETAILS (tall, short, fat, thin, etc.) or in 2 cases (KATE HE & CUI XILING), WHEN TO GET PREGNANT. KATE HE had one kid due to parental nagging and CUI XILING had TWO kids in a span of 18 months. That’s why it took her forever to finish her Ph.D. at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). People can’t be focused on research AND making babies at the same time. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. “respect” includes respecting people’s PRIVACY and in HONG KONG, CHINA and TAIWAN, many ULTRA-traditional parents still DON’T understand this concept. “The United States stands by the people of Mali and the LEGITIMATELY ELECTED (?) government”, “welcoming statements by the African Union condemning what it called an “UNCONSTITUTIONAL SEIZURE of power”. THE PREVIOUS government was “legitimately elected”. MILITARY JUNTAS ARE NOT.
“The African Union Commission chief Jean Ping urged “the mutineers IMMEDIATELY to put an end” to the country’s first coup in 21 years, while continental powerhouse South Africa condemned the seizure of “power through the use of FORCE”. This is the latest example of the “force and pain technique” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“International condemnation was swift with France suspending cooperation with its former colony while the Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed “EXTREME SHOCK” at the coup in a country which had achieved democratic success in recent years“. Again, “extreme shock” is HIGHLY NEGATIVE in this case.
According to Junta spokesman Lieutenant Amadou Konare, “Any unjustified absence will be seen as an abandonment of the post”. “He added that the secretary generals of government ministries were charged with “handling current affairs UNTIL A NEW GOVERNMENT IS PUT IN PLACE”. “until” suggests that THIS WILL TAKE A WHILE.
Finally, “The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the military coup in Mali and called for a SWIFT return to democracy in the country”. Again, of course, POLITICIANS NEVER do things “swiftly”. They always DRAG THEIR FEET. “OIC chief Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu expressed “EXTREME SHOCK” at the coup, according to a statement. Ihsanoglu called on the leaders of the coup “to respect democracy and enable the Malian people… to EXPRESS ITS (own) FREE WILL,” adding that the country’s problems should be resolved “through DIALOGUE”. Well, “dialogue” is something that we’re certainly NOT getting a lot of these days.
So MALI is the latest country to descend into anarchy/chaos/mayhem/madness and again this is something that we DON’T need, given the unstable situations in TUNISIA, EGYPT, LIBYA, SYRIA and even NIGERIA now with the troublesome BOKO HARAM group (Web-site/URL: http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Violence-erupts-in-Nigeria-20120325). If we could send a message to Syrian President BASHAR AL-ASSAD, NIGERIA and maybe MALI now have “armed gangs/groups” and “terrorists”. WE (i.e. writers, reporters, etc.) ARE NOT part of these groups. All we’re trying is DOCUMENT THE ATROCITIES because during all these conflicts surely INNOCENT CIVILIANS will end up getting caught in the crossfire between government loyalists and dissidents/government opponents.