African Union Troops Help Take Back Anjouan, Comoros

March 26, 2008
Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta
I am not sure how many of you know but there is a wee bit of a war going on in a tiny corner of the world in the Indian Ocean (See here for a bit of a background to this war). So some of the regional African heavies got together, threw their weight around, created an army and went to kick out the chaps who declared independence. Now this step was very interesting for so many reasons. But as usual, I had some stupid questions:
  • So this step was carried out without UN blessings. How many of the howlers at the Iraq war out there are howling equally at this imperialistic step? Speak up, guys, I cannot hear you loud and clear. ...
  • So this was a dump on a secessionist self-determination exercise. How many of the secessionist self-determinist howlers are howling equally at this step? Hello? Can't hear you.
  • So Anjouan declared independence. I must have missed the announcements of recognition by the USA, Germany, UK etc. just like they did for Kosovo. Where are the police forces and aid convoys from the EU?
  • When is the African Union going to deal in a similar way with Congo, Zimbabwe, Darfur, Sudan, Somalia, Morocco, Western Sahara?
  • Typically, Anjouan is the island which is most economically active and rich. So this is basically a fight over resources - it was the people who do not have money who went to kick out the people who have money because the people who have money were refusing to pay the people without money.
  • The country was sent to the dogs by some exceedingly stupid economic policies of the state-directed kind. Who will repair this and provide aid to fix these issues? The invasion has immediately mucked up the economics of that island for the next many years anyway. The only basis remaining is, whoops, we mucked up again, because of our political, economic and military policies, our people are AGAIN starving, please help with money, food, equipment. (Tens of coups since independence, welcome to paradise on earth.)

Thinking about all these questions, the quote "is hammam me hum saab nange" (In this bathhouse we are all naked) comes to mind. All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!!!

Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta works in the city of London in various capacities in the financial sector. He has worked and travelled widely around the world. The articles in here relate to his current studies and are strictly his opinion and do not reflect the position of his past or current employer(s). If you do want to blame somebody, then blame my sister and editor, she is responsible for everything, the ideas, the writing, the quotes, the drive, the israeli-palestinian crisis, global warming, the ozone layer depletion and the argentinian debt crisis.
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African Union Troops Help Take Back Anjouan, Comoros


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March 26, 2008
02:21 PM

Dear Sir,

Your facts are not entirely correct. What makes your comparison not particularly apt is that Anjouan did not officially secede from the Federal Republic of the Comoros; rather Col. Bacar held an illegal, and possibly fixed election, and declared himself president. So it is not the case of a body of people declaring themselves independent of a system of governance, as much as it is a tyrant attempting to make an autonomous island his own personal playground. I refer you to the AP, BBC, and Reuters articles on Anjouan and Colonel Mohammed Bacar.

March 26, 2008
04:49 PM

Quite, I would presume that the central authorities would term the Anjouan elections illegal and fixed, no? I would be very surprised if they said otherwise....

March 26, 2008
05:11 PM

smells bad



March 27, 2008
05:33 AM

So this step was carried out without UN blessings. How many of the howlers at the Iraq war out there are howling equally at this imperialistic step? Speak up, guys, I cannot hear you loud and clear

Does it make a difference if they did or did not? And why should the same "howlers" speak out?

Ps. I did not know about this issue until I read this post so I cannot claim to know about it or have an opinion on it yet

March 27, 2008
05:53 AM

Very good question, AJ. Which leads to more questions:

Why did they howl at Iraq and not at Comoros?

If they did howl at Iraq, then what difference have they made?

If they have made a difference with Iraq, then why do they think that that difference is worthwhile for Comoros?

Principles are dangerous things, they tend to throw up rather strange chasms which people fall into :)

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