For the last several years, the U.S. armed forces and armies of other North Atlantic imperialist countries have sought to establish a permanent military presence in West Africa – Imperialists take advantage of Ivory Coast election stalemate

Saturday, January 1, 2011, by Austin Thompson

West African nation may be on brink of civil war

“For the last several years, the U.S. armed forces and armies of other North Atlantic imperialist countries have sought to establish a permanent military presence in West Africa. The motive is to establish client states in the region that can secure strategic natural resources and promote Western military and corporate interests.

Whether under the cover of “humanitarianism” or the “war on terrorism,” the aim of militarization is to guarantee unrivaled access to West Africa’s resources and to police uncooperative peoples or governments. Now, North Atlantic imperialists are seizing on a political crisis in the Ivory Coast in order to consolidate their strategic foothold in the region.”

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“The utter contempt of the United States for the democratic process in Afghanistan exposed the colonial nature of the occupation in South Asia; likewise, it is the opportunistic defense of Ouatarra in Ivory Coast that reveals the true imperialist ambitions in West Africa. The “democratic” theme is only invoked in cases where the North Atlantic countries consider their strategic interests threatened.”

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“The United States and its North Atlantic allies are using massive mobilizations of their armed forces to gain a strategic advantage in West Africa over China. In addition, imperialists see the effort to “to push democracy and capitalism,” in the words of the leaked cables, as key to maintaining their influence in the region.”

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“In the meantime, progressives should call for a peaceful resolution to the political stalemate and stand with the African left, saying to imperialist powers, “Hands Off the Ivory Coast!””

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