On Ivory Coast: Atta Mills Says Dzi Wo Fie Asem
The statement Dzi wo fie asem has recently become a controversy with the Neo-Colonial BBC using it to mock Atta Mills views on Ivory Coast. In my view, the statement does literally means mind your own business and, this falls in line with Atta Mills statement about protecting the countries territorial integrity. Inherent in this is looking out for Ghana’s interest! It is in Ghana’s interest for Ivory coast to be peaceful thus, for the Neo-Colonial BBC to attempt to present it as meaning that Ghana would turn it’s back as Ivory Coast burns is simply disgraceful. If anything is certain is the fact that “Dzi wo fie Asem” and protecting our territorial integrity cannot happen if full scale war breaks out in the Ivory Coast. The war in essence would have to be sanctioned by the UN and paid for by the UN, French and other world “powers”. In fact, it seems ECOWAS countries who seek to use troops to oust Gbagbo are going around the globe seeking support from the UN and other world powers to do the job. This is pretty funny considering the fact that many of these countries have never had a single clean election and, some have leaders who have been in power longer than Gbagbo yet; they consider it a duty to do re-install democracy in Ivory Coast! Specifically, they consider it their duty to wage a war on a sovereign state to “bring democracy back”. Thus, this comical game being played by Neo-Colonial forces using these Jokers to try to promote a war is quite funny and, looking at how this is playing out it is self evident that outside forces may be calling the shots or, many of these leaders are hoping to gain fame at the expense of Ivory Coast. It will be interesting to see, how the people who were quick to Proclaim Ouatarra the winner and rubbish Ivory Coasts constitution as worthless will react. The Ivorian Constitution says the Constitutional Council has the final say and, The Council is saying Gbagbo won thus, what is the real issue? Did he throw out legitimate votes? Where is the evidence that those votes were legitimate? Is it legal to overlook Ivory Coasts Constitution and pick a winner for the country? Constitutionally Gbagbo is the president but, the international community has recognized Ouatarra. In the year 2000 the supreme court of the United States awarded the US presidency to George Bush, Gore got more popular votes than Bush and, there was controversy in the state of Florida were Bush’s brother was governor. The Supreme Court being the most superior body declared Bush the winner and, he became the president. Thus, what is the real problem here? Even if Gbagbo rigged the election he did it intelligently and through the law of his state thus, he has legitimate claims in saying he should be named president. The US Supreme court like the Ivorian Constitutional Council is an institution that is affected by political bias thus, the cries that Ivory Coast has a problem with its instructions is a Neo-colonial mechanisms. Namely, it is the same rules being applied differently to different Countries! Ghana’s interest is in solving the issue peacefully and, not starting a war which can escalate into a bigger war. If a war happens in Ivory Coast our territorial integrity would cease to exist because, we would want to protect people fleeing death as we have done for decades by hosting them. Wanting to protect territorial integrity does not mean we don’t want foreigners in our country, what it means is we want to know who is in our country. This along with "Dzi wo fie asem" is not the biggest issue , the biggest issue is the fact that the Military option is a bad idea. The Military option is thus a bad idea because, the likelihood of it failing is certain. That is, the Military of Ivory Coast is supporting Gbagbo as we speak thus, will they be removed also? How can one install a president who the Military does not recognize? Is Ouatarra going to rule over a country without a Military? What is he going to do to those who supported Gbagbo? Is Ouatarra simply going to use the Rebels in the Northern part of the country as the new Military? How will the others in the country feel about this? The Military Option will not work and, Gbagbo is the ONLY source to peace. If Gbagbo does not recognize Ouattarra then, Ouatarra can never be president. These are the real issues that should be discussed instead of the nonsensical neo-colonial BBC getting into semantic debates with Foreign minister Mumuni about what Dzi wo fie Asem means. These are the points we expect Mumuni to be saying rather than this cat and mouse game and, maybe Atta-Mills needs to speak out on his own behalf and, ask these questions in public. ECOWAS may not like it but, these are the real issues that must be discussed and these seem to be some of his concerns. In the Ivorian case, Dzi wo fie asem is very relevant because, the only way to solve the problem is through peaceful means and, not through invading Ivory Coast. If one invades Ivory Coast we are entering their house with Guns and Tanks. Even if they are our brothers no country has the right to do that to another state while knowing the full consequences; this especially true because, failure in the mission is basically a certainty. Gbagbo and his military are he only source of peace. If he is removed and the Military don’t support his removal the country will break out into a war. This is not debatable but, a fact because, THE MILITARY SUPPORTS HIM! The Military supports him because; the Constitutional Council said he is the winner so, they are defending their constituion. If ECOWAS is a means for countries to invade others and install leaders outside of a countries constitution then, it is a Neo-Colonial organization and Ghana must re-evaluate our relationship with it or at least clarify that it cannot interfere in our affairs and be above our laws.
Source: Transient Justice
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