Twenty-six years ago I attended a Commonwealth study conference organized by the Duke of Edinburg in Oxford, England.
The conference brought together representatives of all Commonwealth member countries to deliberate on the best way to make the world a better place for all to live. The conference was divided into groups and I joined the group that visited Northern Ireland, the disputed country, also known as Ulster by sections of the Irish community that formed that society.
During that time, the militant Irish Republican Army (IRA) was at war with the British army for control of Northern Ireland. Among the sites we visited was a prison called The Maize, which at that time was the only prison that housed prisoners of both the IRA and the auxiliary combat forces of the British Army.
I spoke with a prisoner who had killed an entire family of the opposite group. I asked him if he had changed his mind after the years he had spent in prison and when his answer was negative, I asked him if he would do the same. His response was: "It does not matter; I will kill them all if I find them. "
The Derry United Football Club played in a visiting team from Scotland and the supporters showed up in thousands, they wore T-shirts with several messages and two of them caught my attention. One said: "Live free or die." The other said: "In truth, I have traveled all over the world, but Ireland is my home and my home. And oh, that the grass that my old bones will cover, will be cut from the ground that is trotting by the free one ".
But my experience of the visit came from a 70-year-old economics professor who had spent half his adult life in a British prison, and had been captured in the battle as an IRA recruit against the British Army. Professor Perbeddy asked me the question: "How is Namibia?" I told him we were fine, that we were not sure what he wanted to know.
He gave me a wry smile and said: "This world is a vicious circle, you have the era of corruption that leads to the era of revolution that gives birth to the era of freedom, which again feeds the era of corruption ; Discontent, the cycle repeats itself. " Every time I follow developments around the world, my own nation included, Perbeddy's words ring in my head.
I saw a documentary about the war in Iraq and saw American troops throwing food and then transporting families who were trapped by the war situation in the mountains. A mother stepped forward with her seven-year-old daughter and they came through the stampede to the helicopter before the doors closed. The girl inspected the lines and when they cleared the windows, she looked out as the helicopter rose into space, snuggled into her mother's lap and shouted aloud: "Where is my father?"
Everyone in the helicopter quietly repressed their tears when they learned that the girl was not alone.
Aljazeera reported on these 400,000 documents that were leaked from the Pentagon archives a few years ago. They detailed the atrocities of the war by the forces involved in the war in Iraq. Subsequently, the names of some of the culprits were announced, which led to intense debates in the United States of America and Iraq. I recalled similar reports of atrocities and espionage from past wars spanning several decades, as documented in the books over time, and I exclaimed to myself: "These parallels are terrifying."
John Stockwell wrote a book entitled "In Search of Enemies" in which he gave details about US participation through his CIA in the Angolan War in the 1970s. The book provided instructive readings regarding the policy of that era and its global ramifications.
Medelin Kalb wrote a book entitled "The Cord of the Congo", in which he discussed the war in the Congo around 1960, whose war led to the partition of the Congo between Congo Brazaville and Zaire at the time (now DRC). This war created problems, one of those problems was the arrest and murder of the elected president of Congo, Patrice Lumumba, by Belgium and its allies. As with our Hendrik Witbooi, the tomb of Patrice Lumumba has not yet been discovered.
So many literary contributions were written about the role that the strongest nations played in campaigns to marginalize the weakest and most vulnerable nations, mostly as saviors. Closer to the South African region, Ken Flower wrote a book entitled "Serve in secret". The book begins with Prime Minister-elect Robert Mugabe, who converses with Ken at a reception hosted by the British on the eve of Zimbabwe's independence. Mugabe tells Ken: "We know the role you played in the regime of Ian Douglas Smith against our war of liberation, but I want him to serve the nation of Zimbabwe as head of our intelligence."
Ken accepted the offer and that is how the real Ken Flower comes to light in his book. Another book about Zimbabwe was written by an author whose name I forgot and is titled "I see you in November." The book revealed the backdrop of the assassination of Herbert Chitepo of ZANU-PF and illuminates, the enigma surrounding the murders of key role players in the fight for Zimbabwe, including Dr. Parirenyatwa and General Tongongara of ZANU- PF.
World tensions are as old as the human race and in no hurry to diminish. As I follow these events, I get more and more the impression that the cold war has returned to the world, only with a paradigm shift with respect to political and economic interests, and this change leads to the propensity for contemporary strategic alliances. .
Only time will tell where countries like Namibia will be included in the broader scheme of things and to what extent our nation is destined to be affected.
New Era Reporter
2018-11-28 11:04:52 1 hour ago