Honor and Loyalty : Caught between peace and war : the dilemma of Nations

Missile cruises at all altitudes, artillery salvos, rattling assault rifles, offensives, counter-offensives, evasion, and unexpected switch of positions on every front.

Certainly the reality on the ground is dazzling, especially accompanied by elements of aggressive and grandiloquent language.

After a few weeks of tranquility, the world finally has its new high-intensity conflict; a very hot war, the kind that had been thought to have disappeared, following the extinction of the other so-called cold war.

However, such stance was a mere pipe dream, certainly intended to calm the apprehensions of those on whom hitherto weighed the terror of the struggle for influence between two antagonistic blocs.

The long-awaited peace, the much heralded peace, only lasted the time of a speech.

In fact, since the fall of the Iron Curtain and the proclamation of the advent of multipolarity, war has never flourished as much, with fault lines constantly multiplying, shifting and fluctuating according to the assertion of sovereignties that are very often in struggle, with growing, resurgent or emerging hegemonies.

This is the world’s misfortune, and above all the misfortune of Africa, a major stake in these power tussles, tussles in which hundreds and thousands of human lives are involved, sacrificed, like pawns on a chessboard, in the name of geostrategic positioning ambitions of players from elsewhere.

Thus, from its eastern to its western borders, from the Mediterranean to the Great Lakes passing through the Gulf of Guinea, our continent is a breeding groundforcountless unstructured, scattered conflicts, complacently described as low-intensity conflicts. Perhaps they are of low intensity, but these conflicts are so persistent in space and time that they are said to be snubbed, or even forgotten. This is a logical assessment, in the sense thatwhilebringing pleasure and treasuretothe gun dealers, too eager to replenish the arsenals in permanent destocking, we can dare to forget the daily tragedy of millions of men, women and children thrown in heterogeneous columns on the roads of exodus.

 

As long as the warmongers find pretexts and spaces to give free rein to their lugubrious appetites, as long as the arms industry is running at full speed, we can take the liberty to turn a blind eye to the suffering of those people caught between bomb blasts, global warming, rising sea levels, cyclones and tornadoes that destroy everything in their path, unprecedented fire outbreaks that no one and nothing seems capable of extinguishing, and droughts that devastate the rest.

These pose many threats to the very survival of the human race, which unfortunately attract neither the attention they deserve, nor even an allocation of resources comparable to those allocated to military expenditure, which are set to increase dramatically.

In the end, the current hotbed of crisis which is trending on the mediasphere only comes to add to the thermal agitation of an already overheated global environment.

We are headed for the doldrums, for it is to be highly feared that we are not close to getting out the prevailing situation, at least not as long as the sound of cannon fire continues to prevail over the appeal to reason of the beggars for peace.

Navy Captain

ATONFACK GUEMO,

Head of Communication Division - MINDEF