Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Slaughter in Guinea

Today is Tuesday, 29 September 2009.

The army and police of the Republic of Guinea yesterday assassinated at least 200 protestors objecting to the dictator Camara’s plans to run for "elected" President. Hundreds of women were molested, raped, or kidnapped.

On 23 December 2008, six hours after state radio reported the death of the previous military dictator, Lansana Conte, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara and other low-ranking army officers seized power, styling themselves the “National Council for Democracy and Development” (“Conseil National de la Democratie et du Developpement”) or CNDD. They promised an end to tyranny and exploitation, and free elections by the end of 2010. They have delivered more tyranny and exploitation.

Camara has blamed “rogue elements” in the army and police for the latest atrocities. One can only assume the murders are as accidental and unplanned as the seizure of power in 2008.

Certainly, there was tyranny and exploitation in sub-Saharan Africa before the European colonialist period. However, the degradations and distortions introduced by the occupying powers (and continued interventions) have made the subsequent histories much, much worse. Cf. the situation in the Philippines, raped by the USA/USE.

Vito Fossella is an old-fashioned, right-wing, “family values” Republican who represented my old Staten Island district in Congress from 1998 to 2009. Vito chose not to run for re-election in ’08 after an arrest for drunk driving led to the disclosure of a lengthy extramarital affair which produced a child. (He already had a wife and children.) Vito has recently been exposing himself at public events on Staten Island, testing the waters for a possible come-back bid in 2010.

Let me suggest a slogan, Vito. “Fossella: Because We Need Another Whore in the House”.

Look great on a bumper sticker!


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