Tuesday, April 25, 2006

'Never Again' to 'Yet, Again'

Darfur is probably not the sprightliest subject to discuss while breaking the Easter fast, but there you go. That’s politics for you. It insinuates itself even in between ambitious gurshafulls of delectable doro weT.

Darfur came about because we had started talking about Rwanda—yet another rosy subject that should not be discussed at a celebration marking the resurrection of our Lord. But there you go.

Rwanda.

I ran across an entry from a journal I kept about this time in 1994 that I oft time wish I had not kept. Some of my entries are frantic epistles about the Rwandan genocide we were all aware was becoming an absolute horror.

Most of us, deservedly, excoriated the Clinton administration for its absolute incompetence in handling Rwanda.

At a State Department briefing, spokesperson Christine Shelley is asked, "How many acts of genocide does it take to make genocide?"

"That's just not a question that I'm in a position to answer."

"Well, is it true that you have specific guidance not to use the word 'genocide' in isolation, but always to preface it with these words 'acts of'?"

"I have guidance which I try to use as best as I can. There are formulations that we are using that we are trying to be consistent in our use of. I don't have an absolute categorical prescription against something, but I have the definitions. I have phraseology which has been carefully examined and arrived at as best as we can apply to exactly the situation and the actions which have taken place ... "

She said that not in April 1994, but on June 10, 1994. Close to 800,000 people had already been slaughtered.

When you read the chronology of events of the Rwandan genocide, you are left with a sense of disgust and shame. Sure the West failed, but as Africans, we failed even more. Whatever the West could have done, it could not make us not want to machete our neighbors to death because of something as inconsequential as ethnicity and color of skin.

As Africans, we failed.

One of the biggest failures among us was Kofi Annan, an African, who was warned about the impending genocide on January, 11, 1994. His response to the cable from Major General Roméo Dallaire will always remind us that an African failed us first.

Annan is on the second genocide of his watch. Even though the Bush administration learnt from Clinton and was early to call Darfur ‘genocide’, and although Condi Rice was dispatched to Sudan to discuss this matter (both much more than what Clinton ever did), Darfur is a reminder that we as Africans are failing Africa more than the West can possibly.

Annan chronicled his proven wretched leadership acumen in a January 2006 op-ed in the Washington Post, Darfur Descending. It reads like the mumblings of a pathetic house negro comforted by small gains and disinclined to take a firm stance lest he lose his Sutton Place social standing.

You want a reason why the West doesn’t care about Darfur? Because Africans don’t care about Darfur. We pointed at the West the last time. And we are doing it again.

By August 2005, an estimated 370,000 Darfuri had died. That figure hovers at about 400,000 today. Over two million have been displaced, and three million suffer from dire food shortages—all because they have dark skin. They are being persecuted by an African nation whose hubris has been augmented by an African Union and an African head of the august United Nations.

After 400, 000 people dead, Annan has this sanguine assessment:

There were other positive signs. The U.N. Security Council had referred the situation to the International Criminal Court and had decided in principle to apply targeted sanctions to individuals who could be identified as responsible for the atrocities of the past two years.

Has decided “in principle”?? Sound familiar? I was wondering where Prime Minister Meles got that wording.

Despite a chronic funding crisis, A.U. troops in Darfur are doing a valiant job.

No, they are not. The African Union went in with such limited mandate into Darfur that it barely rises above Meter Maid status in law enforcement. Just yesterday, more Darfuri were displaced and we saw on TV AU troops take down stories and drive away into the sunset. The AU has extended its pitiable stay in Darfur until September, and that has delighted the Sudanese government. Whatever treaty it signed in Addis to entertain replacing AU forces with UN forces is so laden with preconditions that the likelihood of UN peacekeepers in Darfur is no likelihood at all.

But Annan is floating on Cloud Nine.

On Jan. 12, the African Union decided to renew the mission's mandate until March 31, while expressing support, in principle, for a transition to a U.N. operation this year.

[Emphasis mine.]

Shut the fuck up. Seriously. STFU!

Eric Reeves has an excellent analysis that is a must read, African Union Decision on Darfur Mission Fails ‘Rwanda Test.”

Knowing full well the consequences of leaving humanitarian personnel and vulnerable civilians without protection, the international community has nonetheless disingenuously welcomed the African Union decision to retain control of the Darfur mission---suggesting that somehow this decision represents either a triumph of tactful diplomacy or, at worst, the innocuous preservation of a status quo that couldn’t be fundamentally changed in any event.

Such dishonesty will be recorded by history as the defining moment of the
Darfur genocide, inaugurating what will become the greatest cycle of human destruction. It no longer matters what happens in Abuja (Nigeria): peace has been irretrievably lost on the ground and only exhaustion through destruction will bring an end to the killing and dying.

And as if he were told “insert half-assed platitude here” Annan whimpers himself to a soft landing:

Finally, and above all, much stronger pressure must be brought on all parties -- the rebels as well as the government -- to observe the cease-fire and commit themselves to the Abuja peace talks with a sense of urgency. The current delays are inexcusable; they cost lives every day. Those negotiating must be reminded of their personal responsibility.

Excuse me. 400,000 people have died. When do we start getting a little less trite?

Darfur happened because we, as Africans, were unable to stand up to a government that thinks nothing of raiding and raping its own people.

Yes, and I do hold Kofi Annan responsible because his tenure as Secretary General of the UN has been particularly bad for Africa. This was our one shot at this kind of high visibility leadership, hope that “one of us” could knock some sense into a continent that is on a fast track to self destruction. We looked for moral leadership, and instead what we got was a tragically wobbly and fluctuant chief who had two, count ‘em, two genocides under his belt. Maybe after the carnage hits a million people Mr. Annan will amble back to Sudan to offer a “oops we did it again” speech, the same speech he gave in Kigali on May 7, 1998. He can just do a search and replace “Rwanda” with “Darfur”:

The world must deeply repent this failure. Rwanda's tragedy was the world's tragedy. All of us who cared about Rwanda, all of us who witnessed its suffering, fervently wish that we could have prevented the genocide. Looking back now, we see the signs which then were not recognized. Now we know that what we did was not nearly enough--not enough to save Rwanda from itself, not enough to honor the ideals for which the United Nations exists. We will not deny that, in their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda ..."

Sure, the West can give more money, more aid, more troops. But what the West cannot do is make us not want to kill each other. We do that to ourselves with the kind of efficiency and adeptness of a well-run death factory.

I am sick of it. And I am sickened that the Ethiopian government has been using ‘genocide’ so lightly and cynically to silence its opponents. As Africans we should be enraged that the Ethiopian government has cheapened the meaning of genocide. When the Prime Minister of Ethiopia casually and appallingly lobbed the charge of “interhamwe” at its unarmed opposition, the African Union stayed mum.

If we don’t take genocide seriously, why should the rest of the world? The Prime Minister has yet to apologize for his gratuitous showboating, and has in fact repeated the charges. Yet we point the finger at DC and ho-hum what’s in our backyard.

On Sunday, April 30, thousands will march in DC to bring awareness to the situation in Darfur. The world seems to be saying, “Never again.” The whole world, except Africa.

Sign the petition. Tell a friend.

Enough is enough.

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Wow. Who would have thunk it. This is the 100th post on Weichegud. A warm thank you to Gooch and all the contributors who were too shy to come forward as contributors for this milestone.


Um... Happy Easter?

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simply brilliant!!

9:12 AM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous shai-bunna NYC said...

Yikes, Wonqi.

I never really thought about it-- How can two genocides happen under an African man's watch? A few of us had written to Annan urging him to resign in disgust after Rwanda. We were told it would never happen again and to cool it. (In fact we were told Rwanda was the "Scarlett R" for Africans.)

Now it is the scarlett D. It will be something else soon. (The scarlett E is Meles thinks it's an option.) Annan is beyond mediocre. But ultimately, we as Africans have to answer why we have become "an efficent death factory."

God bless. I will be at the march on Sunday even if it is to assuage my guilt.

9:51 AM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous osa said...

weichegud,

had not realized the comments from zenawi about rwanda and the ethiopian opposition. it is outrageous and should be widely known.

afri-cause will be there in dc on sunday as will our members. hope to see an ethiopian contigency there.

peace,
Osa.

11:10 AM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous respeckma'hauthoritah! said...

Be-sime Ab! Anchi! I was planning on a quiet Sunday, now I have to go march for Darfur. How can I not after that!

Ende Hewan, a few of us are planning to print out fliers about Ethiopia and distribute them there. Maybe we will see you? Have a rose between your teeth.

Ooof. Now I have to tell everybody. Damn you, W'nq!

12:16 PM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous fanno said...

100 posts! it seems like yesterday, ETW. Congrats.

Inde Hewan, a few of us will also attend the Darfur march and, inspired by you, we will be printing out a few fliers as well. Thank you for your suggestion, girl.

Onwards and upwards. Kirb new ye Ethiopia Tinsaaye.

5:00 PM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous yohannes said...

meto? one HUNDRED? I've sat on this very chair and read 100 of your/Aba Gooch's posts?? Ayderegim.

Let'see, who's been in your Wonqettry crosshairs: Bereket, Fesseha, Vicky, all types of ferenjie "Ethiopianists", EPRDF,Melesocracy, OCD'ed OSD, the Very Engineer, so called 'patriotic fronts', Returnees, Lidetu, Kofi Annan, me....... and that's just in one breath. Congrats Wonq. You changed the landscape of ET politics. Unfetterd indeed, especially when you drop the F bomb.

"the scarlett r" was such a cliche in UN circles. it happened again in Darfur. Annan is going for the third before he resigns.

5:57 PM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous Inde Hewan said...

Lady W,

Thank you man, was that a rattle-wake-up-call if we ever needed one! I don't know how I managed not to know about the Darfur rally in DC until I saw your blog. I guess that's what comes along with living -- politically -- in a tight, hermetically sealed Ethiopolitics cocoon!

Hey respeckma'hauthoritah (I actually had to copy and paste your blog name, impossible to freehand-spell!) and fanno: Right on guys, let them Capitol Hillians find out about what their administration is doing in Ethiopia on their windshield Monday morning (in the form of a flyer of course, no Lipi-Stick!)

See y'all there, rose between teeth and all!

7:05 PM, April 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Wonqvillians,

I was going to actually hand out fliers to my fellow marchers. Is that the plan?

Maybe Advocacy Ethiopia and the rest of the cabal can rally up their people. I personally want to say "Never again!" Darfur can;t be my generation's legacy.

Here's to a hun'red more, ETW!

8:11 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger Wegesha said...

Annan is to blame for having genocides take place under his watch? Really?

"Aye meret lay yale sew ale yeteqemeTebet feres yeberegegebet"

11:50 PM, April 25, 2006  
Blogger sokari said...

Excellent - Annan is not to blame for the genocides taking place but for being completely ineffective and useless - he should have resigned after Rwanda.

5:13 AM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is another Weichegud moment...

'In the aftermath of a rocky relationship between his government and several European diplomats based in Addis, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has invited ambassadors from European countries for a public debate dubbed “Dialogue and Partnership with Europe.”'
http://www.addisfortune.com/Meles%20Wants%20Debate%20With%20European%20Ambassadors.htm

After locking up all his able political opponents who trounced him in preelection debates and routed him in election, Meles wants to debate those 'softy' ferenjis. Someone has to tell him that debates are with political opponents not with benefactors. If he wants money from Europe, he should do it the old fashion way - get on his knees and beg.

I am sure you will have better weichegud comments on this...

8:27 AM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weichegud, and Wonqvillians
I will try to be counted among the ethio contingency as well.
One thing which bothers me though! Why is a tragedy like Darfur has broad media coverage while other large scale tragedies like that of Congo's humanitarian crisis or our Soweto type massacre are being ignored. The civilian victims of the Congo's civil war is estimated to be much larger than in Darfur. According to The Independent "The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has had a higher civilian death toll than any other conflict since the Second World War. More than three million have died, in massacres and from disease and starvation because people were too frightened to return to their homes."
Why the selective moral outrage only to some victims? This not a question directed to Wonkette. Rather to the likes of Nicholas Kristoff of New York Times or other "human right interlocutors"?
Could the discomfort or reluctance to talk about these tragedies comes from fear of embarassment to the West as the perpetrators of much of the atrocities in the Greater Lake or horn of africa region were allied with the West?
Could it be because spineless lazy western journalists found it easier to go after a weak Sudanese regime which is also blacklisted by the Western powers for various reasons?

5:28 PM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous tezeta said...

i just saw a documentary on darfur and i am ashamed to say i never knew the extent of the genocide. whether it is congo or darfur, ethiopia or uganda, as africans we can no longer blame the west. "the west cannot make us NOT want to kill each other" is right. it had to be said.

there is something fundementally wrong in africa. how did this happen, but most of all, how can we make sure this never happens again?

7:03 PM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous ha to zed! said...

It goes back to demanding leaders who are honorable, Wonq. It is not a quixotic idea. We need leaders who think genocide is categorically unacceptable. That Meles Zenawi can even attempt to play around with what happened in Rwanda makes him unfit to lead. That's why we in the Diaspora have to keep at it. We have the voice.

Unless we think it is possible to have decent leaders, we will see a scarlett E, U, A, etc etc.

I'll look for Inde Hewan in DC on Sunday.

7:24 PM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wegesha,

You got "Kofi Annan is to blame for Darfur and Rwanda" from this entry??? Endayyy! Esti rega.

Annan's op-ed in the Washington Post is evidence of his complete incompetence. Read it, esti, and read this post again. He is embarrassing. I agree he should have resigned after Rwanda. But he should have DEF. resigned when Sudan refused to let in NGOs and the UN into Darfur. Instead he writes that bullshit and tries to tell us the AU forces are making a difference---- 'in principle'. If this was any other leader, we would have demanded his resignation because “he doesn’t care about Africa.” I am hard pressed to think how Africa has changed for the better under his tenure.


He is insanely incompetent

7:49 PM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous ras said...

bush didn't cause katrina, but his handling of it betrayed his incompetence. annan didn't cause darfur or rwanda, but his handling of genocide in his own continent has been atrocious.

8:25 PM, April 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on a personal level. What did any of you do when hundreds of thousands of civilian Ethiopians of Eritrean origin were literally plucked out and sent off down a dusty path to whence their forefathers came?

No need to reach back that far, really.

10:58 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Honest too said...

Anon,

What did you do "when hundreds of thousands of civilian Ethiopians and Eritreans who were married to Ethiopians were literally plucked out to Ethiopia with nothing to their name where by they had to live in Shanty towns(Plastic houses)?

Including a 4 month old pregnant Eritrean woman (whose fault was to be married to an Ethiopian and wanting to stay married) who was forced to walk for days to the Ethiopian border resulting in her having a daughter with severe retardation.

Were you outraged when that happened? Did you try to stop it? You see anon the responsibility goes both ways. We all have the responsibility to be our brother's keepers and stop pointing fingers at eachother if we want some change in Africa.

3:19 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was beyond outraged. I wrote as many if not more letters that are being written now. But unlike now, which has huge public approval, nobody was willing to stand for them then. Everybody had an excuse. Professor Mesfin, poor guy who is again in jail, who always gets in trouble for staying the truth, was the only one who actually came out to say that it was wrong to use civilians as pawns. I remember he was seen as unpatriotic by some.

What I am saying is, don't reach far to other countries to see of an instance when a population shrugs and even with a hint of schadenfreude watches as their very own are taken away to whatever fate will befall them.

4:04 PM, April 28, 2006  
Anonymous Yeneta said...

Anonymous,
True Prof. Mesfin said what you have stated. But he was not alone. From the time EPLF and TPLF were set to march on Asmara, and Addis, there were many Ethiopians who objected their version of politics, knowing the unintended consequence of ethnic based political competition would be victimization of innocent civilians. I was in a big hall meeting of Ethiopians including Eritreans, when Prof. Mesfin was pleading for IRKE SELAM in one of the European cities just before the fall of the DERGUE. I even said in support of his argument, that if ethnicity is allowed to dominate politics in Ethiopia, I do not want to think what would happen to my Tigrean mother, who lived almost all her entire life in Addis, when TPLF and EPLF's domination also comes to an end. Guess what who was ridiculing on Prof. Mesfin and our idea? By large Eritreans and some Tigreans. Fast forward one decade, one of the Eritrean who was insulting the good prof. at the time and who later settled back in Ethiopia to invest and become the 'nouveau-riche' club member, became one of the first ethnic cleansing victims ordered by none other than his old comrade Legese Zenawi. What i feared to my mother happened to the enhusiastic supporter of ethnic politics. Back in Asmara, he may have even been shipped to the war front during the conflict between TPLF and EPLF. Such absurdities happen in Ethiopian politics, thanks to these 'liberation fronts' and their moronic ideology.

7:04 PM, April 29, 2006  
Blogger Little Mama Dukes said...

WOW! That was some pretty powerful information, that I just read.

The most powerful was "You want a reason why the West doesn't care about Darfur? Because Africans don't care about Darfur."

I'm amazed by your candor & your blatant honesty. It is well respected, but the West doesn't really care about any people considered Black, African or African American.

They care more about whales and exotic sea turtles. They, white america will travel all over this world aiding, helping and shipping out troops to overthrow & conquer & disembowl a genocide of another color of people, but they can't be of a black or african descent.

As an african american I am sick about this genocide. These women have children, babies, grandchildren & families just like I do. I consider myself a strong woman, but I don't know if I would still be standing after being repeatedly gang raped, diseased and malnurished. I don't know what my mind would allow me to care about anymore.

The last thing I would like to share with you is this. I listened to actor George Clooney speak on his travels to Darfur.

I was sick in my stomach when he said, "the women must journey out from the camps and seek wood at night." "The men can't go becuz they would be killed."

I don't live there and I don't want to sit in judgement, but...

And, I live in a city where black men kill each other off on a nearly daily basis. And, you know what I said? The people in this city aren't caring anymore, because they don't care.

It's been a pleasure talking to you.

12:29 AM, May 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More on Darfur and peace talks from Zmag...

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=2&ItemID=10210

11:47 AM, May 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Here is the link again

11:54 AM, May 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ATROCIOUS! I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW AFRICANS ARE READY TO BAD MOUTH ANOTHER AFRICAN. KOFI ANNAN DID NOT DO ANYTHING WRONG, INSTEAD OF US ENCOURAGING ANOTHER BLACK MAN IN HIS WORK AND PERHAPS OFFERING SUGGESSTIONS ON HOW HE CAN WORK BETTER, WE ARE READY TO DESTROY HIS NAME AND DENIGRATE HIM. THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE "PULL ME DOWN" ATTITUDE OF AFRICANS AND OF HOW THE WHITE MAN HAS SEEDED DISTRUST AND ANIMOSITY AMONG AFRICANS SO WE TARGET OUR OWN PEOPLE AS THE CAUSE OF OUR PROBLEMS, AS WE HAVE BEEN BLINDED... AND WHO"S LEFT TO LAUGH AT OUR SELF-DESTROYING CIRCUS BUT THE WHITE MAN WHO CALLS US FOOLS? THOSE WHO CLAIM KOFI ANNAN HAD PRIOR INFORMATION TO RWANDA DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER THE BEAURAUCRACY OCCURING IN THE UN AND THE NUMBER OF CALLS OF THIS NATURE THAT ARE RECEIVED BY THE UNITED NATIONS EVERY DAY.
WE ARE WILLING TO SPREAD FALSE SITUATIONS AS THOUGH WE WERE THERE OURSELVES. ITS NOT LIKE YOU CAN JUST CALL THE UN AND KOFI ANNAN WILL PICK UP THE PHONE. UN IS A BERAUCRACY. ITS NOT THAT KOFI ANNAN HIMSELF CAN MAKE DECISIONS ON HIS OWN, GET UP AND ORDER PEACE CORPS TO FLOW INTO A PLACE. THERE ID FUNDING, THERE ARE HEADS OF EVERY DEPARTMENT, THERE ARE MEETINGS, THERE ARE REPORTS TO BE FILED, SIGNATURES TO BE RECEIVED. THE UN IS A BUREAUCRACY AND WAS BEFORE KOFI ANNAN GOT THERE. YOUR BLAMES SHOULD BE TARGETED AT THE BEAURAUCRATIC NATURE OF THE UN. EVERYTHING TAKES TIME, YOU WILL KNOW IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD A DECENT JOB. HE ALSO HAS PEOPLE HE MUST ANSWER TO.
THERE ARE HEIRACHICAL RULES EVERYWHERE. DO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHEN KOFI ANNAN GOT THAT MESSAGE OR IF HE ACTUALLY GOT THAT MESSAGE? AS CONDOLEEZA RICE SAID IN HER TESTIMONY BEFORE THE ETHICS COMMISSION, THE BUSH ADMINSTRATION ALWAYS GETS CALLS ABOUT TERRORIST THREATS AND ABOUT 98% OF THEM NEVER OCCUR. WHAT COULD THEY DO, GO OVER TO THE TWIN TOWERS AND ORDER EVERYONE NOT TO WORK FOR A YEAR, TIGHTEN SECURITY ALL OVER AMERICA WHEN SUCH A DEED IS PYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE? ITS THE SAME WITH BIG GOVERNMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE UN. THEY RECEIVE CALLS EVERYDAY SAYING I WILL KILL THESE PEOPLE , KILL THAT PERSON, DESTROY THIS COUNTRY. MOST OF THE TIME TECHNOLOGY MAKES THESE CALLS IMPOSSIBLE TO TRACE WELL. AND KOFI ANNAN DOES NOT EVEN ANSWER THE PHONES HIMSELF. SOMEBODY'S JOB IS TO DO THAT. SOMEONE'S JOB IS TO INVESTIGATE SUCH CALLS. WHEN THEY DONT DO THEIR WORK WELL, THEY CAN BE FIRED AS PEOPLE IN THE UN HAVE BEEN FIRED, BUT NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW UNTIL THE DEED IS DONE.
DO YOU KNOW WHO HIRES AT THE UN. EVEN IF THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF CATEGORIZING PHONE CALLS DID NOT DO THEIR JOB ONTIME, U DONT KNOW. BUT YOU ARE WILLING TO PLACE THE BLAME ON KOFI ANNAN AND DENIGRATE HIM SAYING THERE ARE "GENOCIDES UNDER AN AFRICAN MAN'S WATCH. GOD FORGIVE YOU FOR YOUR BLATANT JUDGEMENT AND JEALOUSY OF ANOTHER MAN WHO HAS SUCCEEDED. ALL TALK AND NO SHOW! IF ALL ALL THE PEOPLE LEAVING THREATENING MESSAGES TO HIM WERE IN HIS POSITION YOU WOULD HAVE DONE BADLY AND IF WE WERE TO PLACE YOU INFRONT OF HIM NOW TO SPEAK YOUR MIND HYPOCRITES... WE"LL FIND YOU SMILING AND TRYING TO WIN HIS FAVOR SO YOU CAN GET A GOOD JOB THERE OR AT LEAST A RECOMMENDATION. WE WILL FIND YOU COWERING IN THE PRESENCE OF POWER.
IN SHORT, THE UN WORKS IN A BEAURAUCRATIC FORMAT, KOFI ANNAN DIDNT CREATE IT THAT WAY, HE CAME TO MEET IT THAT WAY, HE IS DOING WHAT HE CAN DO, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT HE CAME TO TAKE OVER HALFWAY THROUGH BUTROUS' TERM.
YOU DONT KNOW FOR CERTAIN IF HE RECEIVED THAT CALL OR IF THE PERSONS POKE WITH HIS PERSONALLY.
HE CANNOT JUST GET UP AND WALK TO RWANDA WITH A GUN. HE HAS PEOPLE HE MUST ANSWER TO. PEOPLE HE MUST CONFER WITH. UN IS BEAURAUCRATIC
SO BEFORE OTHERS IGNORANTLY CLAIM "I CANT BELIEVE IT , I WILL WRITE TO HIM AND TELL HIMT O RESIGN" CONSIDER HOW FICKLE YOUR SOURCES ARE AND HOW UNWISE YOU ARE BEING TO JUMP AT ANYTHING THATS THROWN YOUR WAY AND BELIEVE IT AS THE TRUTH.

PLEASE STOP BEING JEALOUS OF ANOTHER AFRICAN WHO HAD MADE IT TO THE POSITION THAT IS ALMOST AS THE PRESIDENT OF THIS WORLD. HE IS NOT TO BE BLAMED.

IS IT NOT ENOUGH THAT THHE WHOLE WORLD PREFERS TO CONSIDER AFRICANS AD THE GRIM OF THE EARTH, EVEN IF THEY DONT SYA SO BLATANTLY> IS IT NOT ENOUGHT HAT THROUGH HIS ENTIRE WESTERNE DUCATION HE HAS HAD TO FACE DISCRIMINATION YET WAS STRONG AND COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO MAKE IT THIS FAR< IS IT NOT ENOUGHT HAT WESTERN NATIONS TRY TO CAST BLAME ON HIM JUST BECAUSE THEY CANT BELIEVE THAT A BLACK MAN IS IN SUCH A POSITION OF POWER> IS IT NOT ENOUGH THAT YOU WILL PROBABLY NEVER GET THAT HIGH CUZ YOU JSUT DONT TRY? THEN WHY BLAME ANOTHER MAN? WHY DENIGRATE YOUR OWN PERSON? WHY HATE?

AS THE BIBLE SAYS: REMOVE THE BEAM IN YOUR EYE BEFORE YOU REMOVE THE BEAM IN ANOTHER MAN'S EYE. ETHIOPIANS HAVE YOU FINISHED CARING FOR THE PROBLEMS IN YOUR COUNTRY? HAVE YOU EVEN SOLVED THE PROBLEMS IN YOUR FAMILY OR IN YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL LIVES BEFORE U JUDGE TKOFI ANNAN.

3:50 PM, July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Maame Serwaah, child of Grace and Hardy of Abossey Okai said...

Anyway, should you be lookng for the person who posted this note, my name is Maame Serwaah. Stay Blessed and ruminate on the truths I have placed before you.

Remember there's an old African saying" When a wise man says something it is repeated on a fool's mouth"
So before you go about spreading the lies that Kofi Annan did this and that, like an uneducated man, remember, The Bible says, thou shall not bear false witness.
Also, remember the saying " A decorated donkey is still an ass" So u may think you are educated, but when you follow false stories and expound on them, sorry to say, u remain a decorated donkey, who is still a u-know-what.

Below is my post if you didnt get it before.

ATROCIOUS! I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW AFRICANS ARE READY TO BAD MOUTH ANOTHER AFRICAN. KOFI ANNAN DID NOT DO ANYTHING WRONG, INSTEAD OF US ENCOURAGING ANOTHER BLACK MAN IN HIS WORK AND PERHAPS OFFERING SUGGESSTIONS ON HOW HE CAN WORK BETTER, WE ARE READY TO DESTROY HIS NAME AND DENIGRATE HIM. THIS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE "PULL ME DOWN" ATTITUDE OF AFRICANS AND OF HOW THE WHITE MAN HAS SEEDED DISTRUST AND ANIMOSITY AMONG AFRICANS SO WE TARGET OUR OWN PEOPLE AS THE CAUSE OF OUR PROBLEMS, AS WE HAVE BEEN BLINDED... AND WHO"S LEFT TO LAUGH AT OUR SELF-DESTROYING CIRCUS BUT THE WHITE MAN WHO CALLS US FOOLS? THOSE WHO CLAIM KOFI ANNAN HAD PRIOR INFORMATION TO RWANDA DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER THE BEAURAUCRACY OCCURING IN THE UN AND THE NUMBER OF CALLS OF THIS NATURE THAT ARE RECEIVED BY THE UNITED NATIONS EVERY DAY.
WE ARE WILLING TO SPREAD FALSE SITUATIONS AS THOUGH WE WERE THERE OURSELVES. ITS NOT LIKE YOU CAN JUST CALL THE UN AND KOFI ANNAN WILL PICK UP THE PHONE. UN IS A BERAUCRACY. ITS NOT THAT KOFI ANNAN HIMSELF CAN MAKE DECISIONS ON HIS OWN, GET UP AND ORDER PEACE CORPS TO FLOW INTO A PLACE. THERE ID FUNDING, THERE ARE HEADS OF EVERY DEPARTMENT, THERE ARE MEETINGS, THERE ARE REPORTS TO BE FILED, SIGNATURES TO BE RECEIVED. THE UN IS A BUREAUCRACY AND WAS BEFORE KOFI ANNAN GOT THERE. YOUR BLAMES SHOULD BE TARGETED AT THE BEAURAUCRATIC NATURE OF THE UN. EVERYTHING TAKES TIME, YOU WILL KNOW IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD A DECENT JOB. HE ALSO HAS PEOPLE HE MUST ANSWER TO.
THERE ARE HEIRACHICAL RULES EVERYWHERE. DO YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHEN KOFI ANNAN GOT THAT MESSAGE OR IF HE ACTUALLY GOT THAT MESSAGE? AS CONDOLEEZA RICE SAID IN HER TESTIMONY BEFORE THE ETHICS COMMISSION, THE BUSH ADMINSTRATION ALWAYS GETS CALLS ABOUT TERRORIST THREATS AND ABOUT 98% OF THEM NEVER OCCUR. WHAT COULD THEY DO, GO OVER TO THE TWIN TOWERS AND ORDER EVERYONE NOT TO WORK FOR A YEAR, TIGHTEN SECURITY ALL OVER AMERICA WHEN SUCH A DEED IS PYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE? ITS THE SAME WITH BIG GOVERNMENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE UN. THEY RECEIVE CALLS EVERYDAY SAYING I WILL KILL THESE PEOPLE , KILL THAT PERSON, DESTROY THIS COUNTRY. MOST OF THE TIME TECHNOLOGY MAKES THESE CALLS IMPOSSIBLE TO TRACE WELL. AND KOFI ANNAN DOES NOT EVEN ANSWER THE PHONES HIMSELF. SOMEBODY'S JOB IS TO DO THAT. SOMEONE'S JOB IS TO INVESTIGATE SUCH CALLS. WHEN THEY DONT DO THEIR WORK WELL, THEY CAN BE FIRED AS PEOPLE IN THE UN HAVE BEEN FIRED, BUT NOBODY WILL EVER KNOW UNTIL THE DEED IS DONE.
DO YOU KNOW WHO HIRES AT THE UN? EVEN IF THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF CATEGORIZING PHONE CALLS DID NOT DO THEIR JOB ONTIME, U DONT KNOW. BUT YOU ARE WILLING TO PLACE THE BLAME ON KOFI ANNAN AND DENIGRATE HIM SAYING THERE ARE "GENOCIDES UNDER AN AFRICAN MAN'S WATCH. GOD FORGIVE YOU FOR YOUR BLATANT JUDGEMENT AND JEALOUSY OF ANOTHER MAN WHO HAS SUCCEEDED. ALL TALK AND NO SHOW! IF ALL ALL THE PEOPLE LEAVING THREATENING MESSAGES TO HIM WERE IN HIS POSITION, YOU WOULD HAVE DONE BADLY AND IF WE WERE TO PLACE YOU INFRONT OF HIM NOW TO SPEAK YOUR MIND, OOO U HYPOCRITES... WE"LL FIND YOU SMILING AND TRYING TO WIN HIS FAVOR SO YOU CAN GET A GOOD JOB THERE OR AT LEAST A RECOMMENDATION. WE WILL FIND YOU COWERING IN THE PRESENCE OF POWER.
IN SHORT, THE UN WORKS IN A BEAURAUCRATIC FORMAT, KOFI ANNAN DIDNT CREATE IT THAT WAY, HE CAME TO MEET IT THAT WAY, HE IS DOING WHAT HE CAN DO, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT HE CAME TO TAKE OVER HALFWAY THROUGH BUTROUS' TERM.
YOU DONT KNOW FOR CERTAIN IF HE RECEIVED THAT CALL OR IF THE PERSONS POKE WITH HIS PERSONALLY.
HE CANNOT JUST GET UP AND WALK TO RWANDA WITH A GUN. HE HAS PEOPLE HE MUST ANSWER TO. PEOPLE HE MUST CONFER WITH. UN IS BEAURAUCRATIC
SO BEFORE OTHERS IGNORANTLY CLAIM "I CANT BELIEVE IT , I WILL WRITE TO HIM AND TELL HIMT O RESIGN" CONSIDER HOW FICKLE YOUR SOURCES ARE AND HOW UNWISE YOU ARE BEING TO JUMP AT ANYTHING THATS THROWN YOUR WAY AND BELIEVE IT AS THE TRUTH. THERE"S AND OLD AFRICA N SAYING "WHEN A WISE MAN SAYS SOMETHING < IT IS REPEATED ON A STUPID MAN"S MOUTH" SO CHECK YOUR SOURCES BEFORE U BLAH BLAH AND DESTROY SOMEONES NAME FALSELY. THE BIBLE SAYS< THOU SHALL NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS.

PLEASE STOP BEING JEALOUS OF ANOTHER AFRICAN WHO HAD MADE IT TO THE POSITION THAT IS ALMOST AS THE PRESIDENT OF THIS WORLD. HE IS NOT TO BE BLAMED.

IS IT NOT ENOUGH THAT THE WHOLE WORLD PREFERS TO CONSIDER AFRICANS AS THE GRIM OF THE EARTH, EVEN IF THEY DONT BLATANTLY SAY SO? IS IT NOT ENOUGH THAT THROUGH HIS ENTIRE WESTERN EDUCATION HE HAS HAD TO FACE DISCRIMINATION YET WAS STRONG AND COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO MAKE IT THIS FAR. IS IT NOT ENOUGH THAT WESTERN NATIONS TRY TO CAST BLAME ON HIM JUST BECAUSE THEY CANT BELIEVE THAT A BLACK MAN IS IN SUCH A POSITION OF POWER? IS IT NOT ENOUGH THAT YOU WILL PROBABLY NEVER GET THAT HIGH CUZ YOU JUST BEAR FALSE WITNESS AND SUCH AN ATTITUDE WILL ONLY DESTROY YOUR FUTURE ? THEN WHY BLAME ANOTHER MAN? WHY DENIGRATE YOUR OWN PERSON? WHY HATE?

AS THE BIBLE SAYS: REMOVE THE BEAM IN YOUR EYE BEFORE YOU REMOVE THE BEAM IN ANOTHER MAN'S EYE. ETHIOPIANS HAVE YOU FINISHED CARING FOR THE PROBLEMS IN YOUR COUNTRY?HYPOCRISY AT ITS BEST! HAVE YOU EVEN SOLVED THE PROBLEMS IN YOUR FAMILY OR IN YOUR OWN INDIVIDUAL LIVES BEFORE U JUDGE KOFI ANNAN? STOP BEARING FALSE WITNESS!

4:10 PM, July 20, 2006  

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