Yes – we can’t

2011-02-19 11:09

I was quite impressed with Ranjeni Munusamy’s choice of words in the article, “SA needs its Sputnik moment”.

However, the problem I had with the article was her reference to US President Barack Obama’s oratory skills.

Obama’s “Yes we can” slogan was based on “hope” and a falsehood that hoodwinked voters who were looking for “change”.

In fact, Obama’s presidency has been exposed as the fraud it is due to his actions after ascending to the hot seat.

He promised to remove soldiers from Iraq, but instead twice extended evacuation dates.

He further increased the defence budget so as to send more troops to Afghanistan.

Guantanamo Bay is still open – and if it does close, prisoners will be sent to secret prisons at undisclosed destinations.

He and former president George W Bush were part of the $700-billion (about R5.1-trillion) bailout of banks, which was financed by US taxpayers.

Israel is busy bashing Palestinians to oblivion through its apartheid laws and military aggression, yet he sends his Middle East peace envoy, George Mitchell, to delay settlement.

Added to that, Obama is more concerned about (former) Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s relations with Israel than the masses of Egypt who want change.

The list goes on.

This begs the question: Why is Obama doing this?

The answer is simple – he is just a puppet of the big, behind-the-scenes machinery that runs the US.

For the uninitiated, the machinery consists of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Membership is restricted to people like Kissinger, Rockefeller, Rothschild and others who control banks which in turn own oil, mining and investment companies. This is further extended to the IMF, World Bank, G8 and, to an extent, the UN.

So if Munusamy really wants inspiration, she must rather look under her nose here in Africa.

When last did we see a quote from Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Ali Mazrui, Njabulo Ndebele, Steve Biko and others in our newspapers?

The “Yes we can” slogan should be sourced from people who are not puppets of any machinery.

The “Yes we can” slogan can also be borrowed from the unemployed graduate student, Mohammed Bouazizi, who burnt himself in Tunisia, thus sparking a revolution.

There are numerous unpublished township philosophers who inspire us but do not get coverage like Obama.

This can happen only if ownership of the media is diversified.

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