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17. Juli 2009

Obama Besuch in Ghana: Yes we can -- oder vielleicht doch nicht?

Obamas Besuch und vor allem seine Rede hat sehr viele Kommentare hervorgerufen. Auf Ghanaweb.com findet sich ein >> Artikel, wo einige Aspekte näher analysiert werden. Besonders gefällt mir folgeden fensinnige Analyse (in Italic Obamas Worte):

"Now let me be clear: Africa is not the crude caricature of a continent at war. But for far too many Africans, conflict is a part of life, as constant as the sun. There are wars over land and wars over resources. And it is still far too easy for those without conscience to manipulate whole communities into fighting among faiths and tribes." --- I think the key sentence in the above quote is "And it is still far too easy for those without conscience to manipulate whole communities into fighting among faiths and tribes." In this quote, it seems to me that Obama has a veiled message directed both at those western interests who have exploited African divisiveness for their own economic benefit, and those Africans who have played along with such exploitation to victimize their own people. In all of his speech, this reference to the exploiters of Africa is perhaps the only time he seems to be directly rebuking the real exploiters of Africa: some Western mining, petroleum and agri-business industries and the private armies who work for them. But yet again, we see that Obama walks a fine line in making this ambivalent statement, not quite being clear who exactly he is rebuking.

Das ist aber alles gar nichts gegen eine fiktive Rede von Firoze Manji auf pambuza.org:

Obama in Ghana: The speech he might have made
"(...) Let me begin my admitting that the history of my country’s relationship with Africa has not always been positive. The United States government and its agencies have on a number of occasions undermined the legitimate democratic aspirations of African people, either by sponsoring opposition, destablising governments, assisting coups d’etat, and, God forgive us, assassinating your elected leaders. During my visit to Egypt, I offered my apologies for the role played by the CIA in the overthrow of a legitimate and democratically elected government in Iran. The litany of such actions taken by successive US governments, either directly or indirectly, would be too long to recount here. Suffice, for the moment, to mention Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Thomas Sankara, and the events in countries such as Mozambique, Angola and others where we have supported the use of terror against the liberation movements and the people, just as our government has done in many countries in Latin America. I could not legitimately place my feet on this beautiful continent, this land of my father, without my apologies." >> mehr / more
Ein wahres Meisterstück! (Dort findet sich auch ein Link zum Redetext.)

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