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Et tu Ameriqi: Used,
dumped and killed
By Chidi Emmanuel
With Libyan strongman, Muammar Gaddafi gone (in the wind), one wonders who is next on the firing line of US and the West. Many people who had worked for or allied themselves with US and the West have ended up being used, dumped, jailed and sometimes killed.
The repentant Gaddafi who renounced his nuclear ambitions, sealed oil deals with the West, received a hero’s welcome in Rome and other Western cities, was not spared by his new found friends. The CIA reportedly worked closely with Gaddafi’s intelligence services in the rendition of terror suspects to Libya for interrogation.
The American intelligence agency was among a number of foreign intelligence services that worked with the Libya’s agencies, according to documents found at a Libyan security agency building in Tripoli. All these did not attract the sympathy of the West against the self-proclaimed ‘Africa’s King of Kings.’ Gaddafi was bombed, humiliated and eventually killed with the help of his new-found friends.
The fall of Mubarak
Once Washington’s heart throb, and closest US ally in the Middle East, Gen Hosni Mubarak dined and obeyed his masters (the West) religiously, ignoring the voices of reasoning until the Arab Spring forced him out of office. The former Egyptian president who helped shape the US Middle East polices was abandoned when he needed his masters most. He was kicked out of the office, chained and dragged to the court in a hospital bed. The people whom he thought would have protected him, later joined the chorus ‘Go Go Mubarak Go’. To his greatest dismay, Mubarak saw a replica of what Julius Caesar suffered in the hands of his closest friend Brutus. In his mind, Mubarak will be saying another ‘Et tu Brute’ or rather ‘Et tu Ameriqi.’
Once seen as an anti-Soviet leader in the 1960s and 1970s, Saddam allied with the US against the Soviet. Iraq was a strategic buffer state for the United States against the Soviet Union then. Many even suggested that the John Kennedy’s administration supported the Ba’ath party’s takeover. During the Iran-Iraq war, reports had it that Saddam received a lot of supports from US, but when his missions were over, he was linked to 9/11 attacks, overthrown, prosecuted and sent to meet the hangman.
Osama Bin laden
Bin Laden who apparently received training from the CIA, which had backed the Afghan holy warriors - the mujahedeen - who were tying down Soviet forces in Afghanistan, later fell out with his trainers and was killed, and his body dumped into the sea. The BBC, in an article published shortly after the 9/11 attacks, stated that bin Laden “received security training from the CIA itself,” according to Middle Eastern analyst Hazhir Teimourian. It was alleged that the US government financed him when he was supporting the fight against Russia’s occupation of Afghanistan. Interestingly enough the then US government reportedly paid for the establishment of a network of Muslim schools that were designed to use religion as first step in recruiting young men to fight the Soviet. Eventually the same network later turned against them.
Manuel Antonio Noriega Moreno
Panamanian military dictator Noriega who previously worked with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from the late 1950s until the 1980s was removed from office in 1989 invasion of Panama by the United States. He was captured, detained as a prisoner of war, and flown to the United States. Noriega was tried on eight counts of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering in April 1992 and jailed in US. I guess all these support the maxim that “the US has no permanent friend or permanent enemy but only permanent interest. Who is next?