What does Clinton’s visit in Abidjan accomplish? M. Frindéthié

It is difficult to gauge what the Obama government gains by supporting a butcher in Africa. It is unfathomable that any government committed to the principles of democracy would want to soil its reputation by associating itself with a genocidal regime such as the one operating in Cote d’Ivoire today. On the other hand, however, Alassane Dramane Ouattara is determined to make much of Mrs. Clinton’s presence on the Ivorian soil in these times of improbability. Indeed, following independent NGOs’ and Amnesty International’s documented evidences of war crimes and human right abuses by Ouattara’s soldiers (massacre of thousands of villagers in the Western town of Duekoue, the daily assassination of civilians, the extra-judiciary executions of opposition leaders, the expropriations of civilian populations, and the persecution of opinion leaders), the dictatorship of Abidjan has recently been under mounting pressure to report to the ICC. In this context, Hilary Clinton’s presence in the Ivorian capital bears great significance for the autocratic regime of Abidjan. It absolves Ouattara of all crimes in the eyes of the “international community” and gives a stamp of approval to a rogue leadership whose legitimacy is increasingly contested by the majority of the people. Alassane Ouattara is poised to use as many pictures of him grinning by the side of Mrs. Clinton as the US’s approval of his governing method. This is a widely use strategy that other African dictators (Mobutu, Bongo, Biya, Nguesso, Wade, etc.) have exploited to justify their despotism. In fact, the media blitz that has preceded the US Secretary of State’s visit in Abidjan foretells the utilization that will be made of Clinton’s trip. In their pursuit of sensationalism, have not some newspapers close to the regime already suggested that Ouattara had ordered Mrs. Clinton to wait for him in Abidjan, while he was touring Liberia?

As Clinton visits Abidjan, it is nevertheless comforting to know that at one time, Mobutu, Mubarak, Gaddafi, and many other dictators were “good friends” of the US. Indeed, it is comforting to know that over time, “good friends” can become “dictators.” Yet it is all the same disheartening to realize that in the meantime, thousands of innocent people are being assassinated by today’s convenient “friends.”  


One Response to What does Clinton’s visit in Abidjan accomplish? M. Frindéthié

  1. Alassane Ouattara et ses combattants arm s sèment le d sordre et la terreur sur l ensemble du territoire, notamment ici Abidjan.

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