Popecillin into hun­gry veins of emer­ica

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

On 24th Septem­ber, 2015, Pope Fran­cis went into a cave - a joint assem­bly of the Congress of the United States of Amer­ica - so that ‘’the face of its peo­ple, their rep­re­sen­ta­tives’’ would be in­jected with a peni­cillin made of four lo­cal herbal in­gre­di­ents, namely: Abra­ham Lin­coln’s de­fence of lib­erty; Martin Luther King’s ‘’dream of full rights for all their broth­ers and sis­ters’’; Dorothy Day’s ‘’com­pas­sion’’ for the marginalised, and Thomas Mer­ton’s ‘’di­a­logue’’ that ‘’sows peace in the con­tem­pla­tive style’’.

The cu­ra­tive prom­ise in the drug, said Pope Fran­cis, is to bring the leg­is­la­tors out of the dark­ness of ‘’fun­da­men­tal­ism’’ fill­ing their cave to a sun­light which en­ables them to ‘’aim at restor­ing hope, right­ing wrongs, main­tain­ing com­mit­ments, and thus pro­mot­ing the well-be­ing of in­di­vid­u­als and peo­ples’’.

The Pope re­frained from openly re­call­ing his­to­ries of his na­tive Ar­gentina, Chile, Brazil, Gu­atemala, Haiti and other South Amer­i­can and Caribbean is­lands where suc­ces­sive Amer­i­can gov­ern­ments pro­moted as­sas­si­na­tions of lead­ers pro­mot­ing so­cial jus­tice; giv­ing land to serfs; lo­cal in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion; hu­man dig­nity, and sovereignty. In Nicaragua and Chile, Amer­ica sup­ported mil­i­tary coups and civil war against demo­cratic-ally elected gov­ern­ments. In Brazil and Ar­gentina hun­dreds of thou­sands of ‘’rad­i­cals’’ and ‘’com­mu­nists’’ were slaugh­tered and tor­tured to death by se­cu­rity per­son­nel trained by Amer­i­can ex­perts with tech­niques of tor­ture.

His words al­luded to that sor­did history as the silent face of the Golden Rule of (‘’Do unto oth­ers as you would have them do unto you’’), thus: ‘’The yard­stick we use for oth­ers will be the yard­stick which time will use for us’’. Span­ish in­vaders and the United States had sowed vi­o­lence, geno­cide and brazen ex­ploita­tion of the Amer­i­cas, and their re­ward is sea­sons of vi­o­lence; mas­sacre in­side the two tow­ers in New York; a pan­demic of poverty and co­caine; gun vi­o­lence and a pol­i­tics of con­ser­va­tive lu­nacy by the ‘’Tea Party’’ tribe.

Of rare sig­nif­i­cance for Africa is the Pope’s call on Amer­ica’s leg­is­la­tors for a new cul­ture of gov­er­nance. Said the Pope: ‘’Let us treat oth­ers with the same pas­sion and com­pas­sion with which we want to be treated. Let us help oth­ers to grow, as we would like to be helped our­selves. In a word, if we want se­cu­rity, let us give se­cu­rity; if we want life, let us give life;; if we want op­por­tu­ni­ties, let us pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties’’. These words are rel­e­vant for EuroAmer­ica’s cor­po­ra­tions and lead­ers de­stroy­ing Libya, Iraq, Nige­ria, South Su­dan, DR Congo and Syria as so­ci­eties; and bru­tal debt eco­nom­ics of the IMF and the World Bank in Africa.

The Pope did not men­tion the role of China in the Said the Pope: ‘’Let us treat oth­ers with the same pas­sion and com­pas­sion with which we want to be treated. Let us help oth­ers to grow, as we would like to be helped our­selves. In a word, if we want se­cu­rity, let us give se­cu­rity; if we want life, let us give life;; if we want op­por­tu­ni­ties, let us pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties’’. post-Cold War world. Fear of the ad­vance of Chi­nese com­mu­nism into Ja­pan, South Korea, the Philip­pines and In­done­sia led to mas­sive in­vest­ments by NATO and tol­er­ance of their eco­nomic growth as show cases for the good­ness of cap­i­tal­ism. China closed her gates but re-emerged as a surg­ing hur­ri­cane pro­mot­ing in­vest­ments across Africa and South Amer­ica. To­gether with Rus­sia, In­dia, Brazil and South Africa, she is a mem­ber of BRICS coun­tries who re­buke NATO for ig­nor­ing the Golden Rule in their re­la­tions with Africa, Asia and South Amer­ica.

The Pope’s bow to the bru­tal­i­ties com­mit­ted against ‘’Na­tive Amer­i­cans’’ should have cov­ered Peru, Brazil, Gu­atemala, Chile, Ar­gentina, the Caribbean, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Nor­way and Den­mark. Ru­ma­nia mis­sion­ar­ies ex­ter­mi­nated in­dige­nous na­tion­al­i­ties in Chile. Euro­pean im­mi­grants to Ar­gentina ex­ter­mi­nated African im­mi­grants in that coun­try. Brazil­ian land spec­u­la­tors are cur­rently killing lo­cal pop­u­la­tions in the Ama­zon for­est. Aus­tralians sus­tain a long history of dec­i­ma­tion of in­dige­nous so-called ‘’Abo­rig­ines”. The Pope owes ex­ter­mi­nated peo­ples a global sum­mit to­wards their in­clu­sion in his wor­thy in­junc­tion that we ‘’must move for­ward to­gether, as one, in a re­newed spirit of fra­ter­nity and sol­i­dar­ity, co­op­er­at­ing gen­er­ously for the com­mon good’’.

Pope Fran­cis’ blunt re­buke of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives led by a Speaker who is a de­vout Catholic, ap­plies gen­er­ously to Africa’s lead­ers too. To him a ‘’good po­lit­i­cal leader is one who, with the in­ter­ests of all in mind, seizes the mo­ment in a spirit of open­ness and prag­ma­tism ‘’ and chooses ‘’to ini­ti­ate pro­cesses rather pos­sess­ing spa­ces’’. Their rigid fun­da­men­tal­ist wor­ship of racist in­ter­ests fu­els op­po­si­tion to Pres­i­dent Obama’s eco­nomic, health, ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies; vo­terig­ging against AfricanAmer­i­can vot­ers. African lead­ers of­ten col­lude with them and aban­don pa­tri­otic poli­cies by past lead­ers as shel­ter for cor­rup­tion through award­ing new con­tracts.

The right and duty to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and dwin­dling re­sources was coura­geously pre­sented to Amer­i­can leg­is­la­tors. He avoided call­ing for repa­ra­tion to Africa and re­gions that are vic­tims to po­lit­i­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion by Euro-Amer­ica and Ja­pan. Africa’s Catholics have a cam­paign to un­der­take for repa­ra­tions by ben­e­fi­cia­ries of apartheid in South Africa; re­source-in­duced mas­sacres; famine from flood and drought.

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