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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Patrice Lumumba Must Not be Forgotten



Forty-five years ago this day, this man in the picture, then premier of the newly-created African republic of Congo, was tied and dragged by his captors and killers to be killed in a gruesome way.

Today, I say

SHAME

to Belgium for having killed this man, and

SHAME

to the US for having had a President under the name of Eisenhower who ordered his death because of the distorted view that the man, fighting for his country, was a Communist.

Like I referred to in an earlier post, Lumumba's assassination is symptomatic of the growing desire by the US to utilise assassinations as a continuation of politics by other means. JFK in 1963, Robert Kennedy; (I strongly believe) then-UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold in 1961; Martin Luther King in 1968. The fact that these assassinations took place in the decade between 1960 and 1970 is no co-incidence!

you can read more here:
  • The Unquiet Death of Lumumba
  • 5 Comments:

    At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 1:58:00 pm , Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

    Didn't know anyhting about that, thanks for educating me.

     
    At Wednesday, January 18, 2006 3:08:00 pm , Blogger Emmanuel.K.Bensah II said...

    I appreciate ur humility:-) thanks...I'm impressed that a highly-educated person like urself should be thanking me...but cheers anyway;-))

     
    At Thursday, January 19, 2006 7:17:00 pm , Blogger Steph said...

    Shame, shame indeed.

    (I hope you didn't mind my comment about the UN before. It was not meant as a criticism; I have the utmost respect for people who have the guts to do something to make the world better, either through that path, or through others. It was simply a sad observation, which may also be wrong --- surely you know a lot more about it than I do...).

    Take care.

     
    At Friday, January 20, 2006 9:09:00 am , Blogger Emmanuel.K.Bensah II said...

    Steph, no not at all!! Besides, I welcome any sort of criticism that veers towards constructiveness:-) Haven't cruised ur way in a while, so wil be there today (Friday)...these intermittent posts of mine are not what I had envisaged, but I needed to show I am still alive, as it were:-)

    will respond to the comment from the particular post...thanks for visiting;-)

     
    At Tuesday, January 24, 2006 11:32:00 pm , Blogger obifromsouthlondon said...

    great blog you've got here! looked into mr lumumba's life after reading "King Leopold's Ghosts" (i hope the title's correct) some years ago. gave me some understanding of the region and it's terrible history. The US and Belgium have a lot of explaining to do. as if.

    the great revolutionary will never be forgotten

    opportunistic goal by Taiwo? you wan test badboy skills?

     

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