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Friday, January 13, 2006

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!-->In Response to Daniel

Happy New YEAR TO ALL bloggers!


This promises to be a fantastic year for ALL of us. 2006 for me seems so auspicious, I donno. Maybe it is something about it being 4 years away from 2010, and one year after 2005. Whatever it is, there are so many anniversaries going to be celebrated this year. I know for example that Oct 1956 will be exactly 50 years since the Suez Crisis took place that pitched a then-perfidious UK and French collusion with Israel against Nasser, sending then UN-SG Dag Hammarskjold to tick off the UK. Anthony Eden, then-UK premier would resign. The Guardian newspaper called it “an act of folly without justification”. I wrote a paper on it back in college:


It is also fifty years since the Japanese joined the UN; Feb 15 1961 is 45 years since the UN agreed at the Security Council to send forces into Congo. 17 January is exactly 45 years since Lumumba—then Congolese Premier—was assassinated by the CIA, with collusion from the Belgians, with his body cut up and dissolved into acid.


Another unspeakable evil was committed 45 years ago in the Congo, and Belgium was key in his assassination—the archives are incontrovertible about this. Hammarskjold would also die in a plane crash in Ndola in 1961, bringing an end to the leadership of one of the most charismatic UN S_Gs in living memory.


With what is happening with Russia over gas and Ukraine, I am reminded that 1856 was when the Crimean war took place. 140 years ago, the Russians were hated by the UK like nothing. Their supremacy has been on the silent ascent exactly 140 years later. Napoleon III, then, was key, trying to emulate his uncle in nationalistic feats, but failing badly.


The list goes on…In Belgium this August, the country will remember 10 years of the so-called Marche Blanche, for that is the year (same year I started college) that Belgium would play host to one of the biggest and most egregious horrors in the 20th century: the discovery of the bodies of Julie and Melissa in the cave of the notorious paedophile Marc Dutroux.


And many more…


Did I ever say? Diplomatic historian by leaning, political scientist by training, and eccentric by day and nightJ


I will be back, but work is calling for action plans, and whatnot…








At Saturday, January 14, 2006 6:57:00 am , Blogger Steph said...

Welcome back!

I was reading in your tripod site the following statement:

May all those UN officials who cannot speak against the tyranny of their leaders [...]

I know I'm a cynic but, don't you think that the above in itself may signify a great failure of the UN, to the point of rendering it's role almost... decorative? At least when it comes to the serious issues, where all governments will have a stake...

At Saturday, January 14, 2006 7:27:00 am , Blogger Steph said...

PS. Perhaps I should clarify that, in my view, the government of almost any "western world" country that has the power to do it will turn into a turannous leader and defy the UN, if it decides that it has enough to gain. Hence my comment above.

A cynic indeed, right?

At Saturday, January 14, 2006 8:58:00 pm , Blogger portuguesa nova said...

Welcome back!

At Sunday, January 15, 2006 6:10:00 pm , Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Thanks dude and plenty to think about in your post.

At Friday, January 20, 2006 9:26:00 am , Blogger Emmanuel.K.Bensah II said...

Steph--thanks!! good to be back...

I do not think it is so much that you are a cynic as you tell it as it is--and I do agree with you to a large extent that might is right, and if the so-called great powers (including Nato)think they can get away without the UN (like they did over Kosovo in 1999), then they will! Iraq in 2003...let's not even mention that.

It is true that whilst this may remain the case, those UN officials who see their leaders committing these illegal acts may not always agree, but may feel compelled, out of loyalty, to toe the proverbial line. In that case, how strong their consciences are doe snot even come into play...they don't want to lose what they have...maybe human nature??

PN--thankyou!! hope you are doing great, too! When are you gonna publish your book?;-)

Daniel--anytime! I hope u are a step closer to getting that (dream) work;-)


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