Dialogue, although failed, is still the only way towards peace in the civil war situation in Central African Republic and Mali. I agree with the The Hindu Editorial ‘Central African Dilemma’ dated 27th Feb-2014, that there is urgent need to revive the political will in France, the EU, and the United States.
Failure to contain the civil war could make CAR (Central African Republic) yet another target for what could well be externally-funded Islamist extremists.
There is a worldwide failure in forced peace experiments of similar patterns. People in Africa still believe in Gandhi and his ‘crude’ human ways. We also see children been trained to be used as soldiers in War in Africa. Let us revisit the Mali intervention. Cotton remains the backbone of Mali economy. Subsidized cotton imports agenda means GM entry by western powers hidden as aid. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) whicg fills the aspirations of the people crying for a peaceful and happy life, is allowed unchallenged.
The People’s Republic of Mali is disturbed and is struggling for its normal and natural participatory democracy. During my seasonal stay in Mali from 2006-11, I found the people peaceful, dignified, secular and hungry for participation in decision making process. The Mali coup was basically because of Libya returned soldiers exposed to competitive ‘rule of the gun’ taught worldwide today by greedy West (France,EU and US) who wish to control the entire world for business.
More relevant simple first Governance step towards GLOBAL PEACE today is participatory democracy and collective decision making for any Public expense based on Self Rule or Swaraj.
By Rakesh Manchanda