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It can be logically argued that; in the nascent Republic of South (RoSS); inherent human fallibility renders many human persons therein; who by luck or design; find themselves in positions of political power; extremely and culpably reckless in their political conduct and intent. The culpable aspect of this behaviour is related to the fact that, there is a duty of care owed to the masses of humanity in the RoSS; whom these rather selfish and reckless politicians purport to represent. These masses of humanity have in good faith relied on these politicians; who time and again, promise these masses of humanity that, they (the politicians) are their lawful representatives. The peoples in the RoSS; in turn; took these promises to heart, and indeed, believed these politicians to their own detriment. The RoSS is currently undergoing a critical political metamorphosis; and the peoples of the RoSS are in a dire need for positive national political foresightedness; in order to cement their national unity and integrity. The peoples of the RoSS do not want to rely on politicians who appear to believe that; in order to run the affairs of the RoSS in a very efficient, effective, and beneficial fashion, they ought to integrate external factors of intervention; (however you define these factors of intervention) as determining and independent variables; in these nation building political equations.
The concept and practice of external interventions referred to above; are the interventions of the International Community (IC); whether for good or for worse; in the internal affairs of the RoSS. It is worth elucidating that; the IC is nothing but a family of nations; with their own international problems and interests; as well as priorities. These nations have their own human fallibilities and biases that must be taken into serious consideration by us in the RoSS. However; there are some politicians in the RoSS; whose cumulative conducts indicate that; they appear not to have a semblance of clue; as to what exactly the phrase IC means. These chaps believe that, IC is some benevolent entity; saturated in altruism; and ready to come to their assistance in good faith; and purely for their own (peoples’) interests. Some years back; I heard one purported rebel leader over the BBC singing the praises of the IC and that, their objective for launching their rebellion in Western Sudan; was to implement some of the objectives that the IC consider as being human rights (HR) of the human person. I was completely dumfounded and utterly baffled. Here was a human person; who thought that he was going to liberate his people, and yet, he wanted the IC to define his agenda for liberation, and the IC to execute the plans for his peoples’ liberation. How stupid can one be?
Why on earth do we want some ill-informed; and self-interested group of international oligarchs; to come to the RoSS for example; and begin dictating to us, how to put our house in order? It must seriously be made very clear here that; and the peoples of the RoSS ought to know that; the IC that some of us have blindly taken so dearly into our innocent hearts; and which has become a byword in everything that we do and would like to do; is nothing but a clique of some governments; represented by their plenipotentiaries; and who roam the globe; threatening; bulling; bribing; misleading; cajoling; and attacking some poor and feeble governments in the Third World; into submission and permanent state of socio-economic, ideological, cultural, and political exploitation, subjugation and marginalisation.
It is very necessary that; we in the RoSS; ought to disabuse ourselves from our naïve and innocent perceptions within the remit of international politics and relations. I am not saying that; the leadership of the RoSS ought not to deal with the IC; I am simply saying that; the approach that some of the political players in the RoSS have adopted; may incur us costly consequences for a very long time to come. Whatsoever we do; we must conduct political cost-benefit-analyses; within the framework of the interests of the peoples of the RoSS; and not the interests of the current politicians; who are simply fiduciary duties holders; and political trustees as it were; and to some extent; political agents of the peoples of the RoSS; who are the lawful owners of the RoSS. The fact that the nascent RoSS has many friends within the remit of the IC is a welcomed development; however; we in the RoSS need to audit our IC friends; even our African IC friends; so that; we are not really dragged into unnecessary economic/financial, security/military; diplomatic; socio-cultural; and even religious confrontations for reasons that do not actually serve the comprehensive interests of the entire peoples of the RoSS.
We in the RoSS do not want to do other peoples’ dirty work by proxy. We have enough internal dirt of our own that we want to spend our meagre economic and financial resources on, in order to clean our own comprehensive environments. We do not also want to become the conduits through which; some governments, and groups within these governments; in the IC, want to conduct their foreign policies. Some famous foreign minister of one of these influential; and militarily and economically/financially powerful countries in the IC; said that; his country does not have friends, but interests to protect. This really sums it all. I always use poor Haiti as my example. Why is Haiti left to rot in its own political urine alone! Is it not also populated by human beings as the RoSS is?
Is it not also true that; Haiti is populated by blacks with origin from Africa; albeit that some of them are half-castes? That is beside the point! Why are these people who are falling all over themselves; because of us in the RoSS; not doing the same thing for the poor humanity in Haiti? Is it true that we are so much a special humanity to that extent? Therefore; the RoSS needs some guidance as to how to deal with these newly found friends in the form of these agents of IC; whom we in a wholesale fashion; mistakenly believe that; all of them are our permanent allies and friends. Let us remember that; we are an oasis of wealth; in a desert of poverty; in this part of Africa. Therefore; our relationships with the IC is to be seen within the remit of these premises; and through the lenses of these premises.
We in the RoSS must know that; to some governments within the remit of the f IC, we are simply economic/financial values to be maximised for their own interests; and to our detriments; now and in the future. Some of the governments in this IC; in fact and at law do not value us as human persons. For example, look at the treatments meted out to some of our own sons and daughters by these governments. We must be careful not to play into the hands of these IC oligarchs to the detriment of ourselves and posterities. It is time all of us in the RoSS; politicians and all; put the interests of the peoples of the RoSS as our number one priority in whatsoever we do; including the fashion of our relationship with the government of the RoSS.
It is time that; we in the RoSS gave no room to outsiders to meddle in our internal affairs and to worsen the situation for us. It is time that we in the RoSS resolved our problems by ourselves; and the government of the RoSS ought to take the lead in extending out its arms in a gesture of big-hearted; and kind-hearted leadership of the RoSS. These kind of gesturers; to some extend; shall also minimise the tendency for the sons and daughters of the RoSS; to look towards the IC as the last resort for conflict resolution in the RoSS. There are some politicians and others in the RoSS; who want the RoSS to be immersed in political recklessness as a concept and practice. Acts and omissions which bring about internal comprehensive instabilities in all the states of the RoSS; are those kinds of political and such like recipes for IC interventions and meddling in our own internal affairs. Unnecessary killing of one another at the individual and group levels shall always attract the attention of the IC; and create opportunities for those in the IC, who actually crave for such opportunities; for their own personal and group objectives. We in the RoSS; are a people who have suffered for extraordinarily long periods of time because of armed conflicts and the culture of war and animosities. It is time these wars and animosities are stopped and we all worked together; for the reign of peace to rule the RoSS.
We in the RoSS must work hard in order to internalise the fact that; however illogical politics can be, there is some discernible room for rationality within the remit of political thought and application in the RoSS. It is also a commonplace knowledge to many of us in the RoSS that; among us, in the RoSS; there are those who call themselves rebel leaders; and who have recklessly internalised some dangerous value systems; attitudes, and culture of perpetual antagonism, and meaningless permanent, and continuous disagreements, with anything endowed with characteristics of a national government. These so-called rebel leaders; and habitual political dissidents; seem to believe that, it is their eternal duty and right, to disagree with any government that they do not hold very senior positions in; and unless their personal imagination of governance is adopted; the peoples of the RoSS suffer as a consequence. If all of us in the RoSS adopt these kinds of attitudes; there will never be any human peace in the RoSS, and we would have made the RoSS the theme of international debate; and thus the permanent presence of the IC in the RoSS; whether we like it or not.
I call upon the government of the RoSS; to minimise the opportunities which such peoples take as pretexts for initiating instabilities in the RoSS. The government of the RoSS must not also listen to some ill-informed group of advisors whose meaning of presidential advisors is the concoction of some cook-and-bull tales which are then presented to the leadership of the RoSS as genuine advice to be acted upon. It is such misleading advisors who time and again become the sources of ultra vires; and unconstitutional decisions; made by the leadership of the RoSS; just to embarrass the leadership; or to implicate the leadership in internationally criminalising, and diplomatically indignifying positions. The leadership of the RoSS must not rely on these kinds of advisors; notwithstanding their emotional commitment to the ruling political party in the RoSS. The RoSS is bigger than any ruling political party therein, and wise leadership of the RoSS ought not to squander its support by the propels of the RoSS; just in order to listen to some inward looking group of advisors in the Republican Palace in Juba for example.
Political recklessness within the remit of the RoSS; shall also include those types of attitudes that appear not to respect, and digest informed opinions by South Sudanese senior academics; thinkers; and knowledgeable; skilful; and experienced technocrats in their respective fields of expertise; and specialisations. There is no need for the government of the RoSS to rely on extremely expensive foreigners; for technical and other advisory services; that could be gotten from the sons and daughters of the RoSS; who are willing to work for their beloved country; but who are not necessarily members of the ruling political party in the RoSS; but they are true sons and daughters of South Sudan; and who genuinely love their country. The more such peoples are ignored by the government of the RoSS; the more the government of the RoSS attracts the attention of the IC. The RoSS is a member of the IC; and therefore; whatever it does is reported and recorded by all diplomatic embassies and such like in the RoSS; and beyond. Therefore; so many conducts which amount to political recklessness; in the RoSS; have direct and indirect correlations with those variables; which lead to interventions by the IC in the internal affairs of the RoSS.
I must sincerely reiterate here that; the RoSS is witnessing a human struggle for group and self-actualisation. This is in an attempt to positively curb for itself; some respectable spatial and moral paradigms, within the framework of regional and international relationships. There is therefore; a profound moral obligation, by the government of the RoSS; and by those others in current rebel movements in the territory of the RoSS; to join the peoples of the RoSS, in their genuine quest for everlasting peace, brotherhood and sisterhood within the confine of integral and secured South Sudan; characterised by equality and respect for human dignity. Now, can we all join hands together; and pull the political rope in one direction for the benefit of our children and posterity? Can some of you rebel leaders in the bushes of the RoSS; come home into the RoSS; and join the rest of your brothers and sisters, so that all of us concentrate on peace building; and try to forget that you are a government in the bushes of the RoSS; or in exile, and therefore; you are at large to do all types of things you would like to do? Come home before you make the IC become a party in this political misunderstanding between you and the government of the RoSS; and then victimising the innocent peoples of the RoSS in the process.
The peoples of the RoSS ought to know that; the combinations and permutations of all various rebel movements in the RoSS are being seen differently by the IC. Some of these rebel movements will sooner or later be categorised as terrorist organisations by the IC; depending on how the interests of the IC are affected; or promoted by respective rebel movements in the RoSS. This will give the IC the right to intervene if some of the IC members are convinced; or want to be convinced that; their national security is threatened by the availability of rebel groups in the RoSS. All in all; the victims shall always be the women and children; plus the elderly peoples in the bushes and villages of the RoSS who shall pay the ultimate price. The brutal history of the RoSS has made me to believe that; the end result of the current violent struggle in the RoSS between the various rebel groups and the government of the RoSS is not going to be a win-win situation. The only win-win scenario is if all of us in the RoSS; convince ourselves that; we are all losers in the process if we do not want to live in a RoSS which is free from the conundrum of rebellions; which appears to entice peoples in the RoSS towards this processes of human massacres and agonies.
The current political metamorphosis in the RoSS cannot withstand or sustain the attitude and the language of victors and vanquished; as between brothers and sisters in the RoSS. People in the Ross ought to know that; all of us are victims of history and of our contemporary conducts; and if we are not careful; we are almost in the process of victimising posterity; and thus entrenching the vicious-cycle of hurt and agony in the RoSS. This blind reliance on the IC is not going to solve our internal problems. Let us in the RoSS consider the IC as our neighbours; if that is the case; then, it is not logical for a household to set itself in perpetual instability path simply because; the said household is reliant on its neighbours for the solutions to the problem it developed for itself. This is what I consider absolute political recklessness, and believe me, it is dangerous and counter-productive to all what the peoples of South Sudan have hoped for all these decades.
IC or not IC; it is a pity that some current rebel leaders in the RoSS; others in military fatigues and some in Armani Suits; have become loose canons unto themselves; and their subjective thinking and aspirations are now endangering the life chances of ordinary peoples of the RoSS. The peoples of South Sudan have sacrificed many sons and daughters; and they have waited all these years for a lasting peace, and we in the RoSS; do not want some of us to join the ranks of some of our international enemies; who do not want to see peace in the RoSS for all obvious reasons that any self-respecting politician in the RoSS should be able to see. If some of you cannot see these reasons, you must quit politics and do something with your time if you do value your time. We in South Sudan ought to cultivate and nurture our methodology for peaceful resolution to our internal conflicts. Since they are our own conflicts, we know the variables that started them; and contribute to the sustenance of their flames, and we should not be running to the IC for the solutions to the said conflicts. It is also unreasonable and stupid for some of us to pick up guns and begin shooting because the IC shall come and sort things out for us. You cannot run a country in this fashion however nationalistic you are. Political recklessness is dangerous and counter-productive to national unity and integrity of the RoSS.
By Prof. Wani Tombe, 10 hours 11 minutes ago
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