Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Biya's humiliation: a French diplomat attacks Macron and Company

In his writings contained in "Dialogue with Dominique Moïsi", "Maps of France in the age of globalization", "Continue History", published by Paris, Fayard, the former French Minister of Foreign Affairs speaks Emmanuel Macron, international NGOs, Maurice Kamto and even Cameroonian opponents. Selected pieces.

Hubert Védrine violently attacks “western universalism which is at the same time self-righteous, well-intentioned, hegemonic, paternalistic and self-confident, puffy with unrealism and hazy with irrealpolitik”. "On the whole, there is no serious doubt about them as to the superiority" of their values ​​and their necessary predominance. "They project their conceptions to the outside world and can abandon themselves permanently to a narcissism that the media system encourages and maintains, without suffering the consequences of their idealism". It is a "hard line which is not resigned to the fact that the West loses the monopoly of the conduct of the affairs of the world". 

"For today's Europeans," he writes, "speeches, conditionalities, blackmail for help, admonitions, interference are acceptable and legitimate." They betray "a quest for power". Hubert Védrine laughs at "the low effectiveness of these diplomacy of denunciation", due to "the weak legitimacy of Western diplomacy of blackmail for help or threat". "The difficulty does not lie in the proclamation of principles - nothing could be easier! - but in the western origin of their prescribers and in the way we demand from outside their implementation. First of all because of the “risk of arrogance and the reactions it provokes. From the height of our recent easing, oblivious of our centuries of cruel history, of intra-European wars, of colonial and then global expansion, of slavery and the inquisition, we demand, we condemn, we sanction. "However," the West has often flouted and violated its own principles, and still makes selective use of them today ". He concludes on this point by inviting Europeans to come out "of the vapors of dreams and their comfortable irresponsibility". 

ACTING MINORITIES 

About demonstrations and meetings in the West of Africans who want to "establish the domination of a particular group" and who are "moved by pure fanaticism". "Nowhere has democracy been imposed from the outside as by an army of Martians!" Everywhere, democracy was the fruit of a more or less rapid complex process, with advances, setbacks, essentially endogenous ”. “Democratization is first of all the result of an internal economic, cultural, social and therefore political process which must be accelerated. But that remains a process, with stages. "

About NGOs and Cameroonian civil society organizations (Osc). In the category that we call "civil society", we "meet everything, the best and the rest: generosity, dedication, networks, activism, interests, lobbies, beliefs and many real powers disguised ”. "Civil society is not made up of elected representatives, but of active minorities, self-appointed forces, which does not meet our democratic criteria". “Out of the 192 countries in the world, nearly 130 do not have NGOs; and those who have more means and media relays, and therefore the most powerful, are almost all Anglo-Saxon. ” 

BAULE'S SPEECH 

"Europeans and Canadians see it as the privileged instrument for surpassing nation states, a kind of panacea for achieving modernity against archaism, statism and repression, while in the United States an NGO is before being non-governmental and that no one really questions it, any more than elsewhere... national sovereignty ”. But these Western NGOs claim to dictate their law more precisely the law of their financiers to "five and a half billion non-Westerners on the planet". 

On democratization in Africa and elsewhere, "I add that since the speech, which became famous, made in 1991 by François Mitterrand at La Baule, democratization has progressed in Africa. Let us judge it in view of the constitutions put in place, organized ballots, advances in justice, pluralism of the media, etc. Things are progressing step by step, but in the right direction. The progress is undeniable. ” Still being about democracy, “the question of the rhythm or the stages of the process is essential. We refuse to admit it. Have we not put ourselves two or three centuries to build our own democracies, which are still still perfectible? One hundred and fifty years, for example, to pass from the first elections, in 1795, to the vote of women in 1945! We all want it to go faster, but nobody knows the secret shortcut. So you have to go through processes. ” "To demand perfect democracy, there, immediately, is to think in religious terms, to expect everything from a revelation of the type that brought Saint Paul down from his horse.. If we reason dogmatically in this way, we are logically led to think in terms of sanctions, punishments for excommunication and anathemas. "" The provisions of Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations have organized the only legitimate interference since 1945, that of the Security Council. " If we reason dogmatically in this way, we are logically led to think in terms of sanctions, punishments for excommunication and anathemas. "" The provisions of Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations have organized the only legitimate interference since 1945, that of the Security Council. " If we reason dogmatically in this way, we are logically led to think in terms of sanctions, punishments for excommunication and anathemas. "" The provisions of Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations have organized the only legitimate interference since 1945, that of the Security Council. "


Source: LA NOUVELLE N ° 530