Honor and Loyalty : Globalisation and terrorism: Africa isolated???

The events we are witnessing on the world stage make us leading actors, privileged witnesses, and willing victims of our own evil. With all due respect for the law!

In fact, two phenomena whose consequences we could hardly imagine would be reversible are now revealing their ugly side to us. First of all, there is the globalisation of trade, which is supposed to bring the players in international trade to a kind of balance through interdependence. However, in practice, the premise of equity and freedom has proven to be superficial and hasty, as it has not taken into account in any way the inconsistencies in the capacity and undervaluation of production from the southern regions.This is in contrast to the premium given to products from the northern regions, which are considered to be better developed, because they are manufactured by more advanced industries.Not to even mention national selfishness, modestly called protectionism.

The second phenomenon discussed here highlights the disparity and contagion effects of the first. It is about the globalisation, which is also one-sided, of crisis issues, in particular. Thus, any discrepancy reported in the health, safety, agro-food or environmental system of the countries of the North has an even greater impact on the States of the South. The current inflationary crisis in commercial products is quite illustrative of the magnitude of this other “butterfly effect”. The occurrence of a possible reciprocity effect is still awaited.

For us Africans, the need for sovereignty is therefore essential, especially in areas that are crucial to the development of our states and the lives of our peoples. Of course, the time needed to achieve this depends on the starting point, the means to be mobilised, and the effort of will.

From observation, none of these is lacking. The only real obstacle to this ambition of sovereignty is fundamentalist and separatist extremism.These are two parasitic offshoots incited and determined to annihilate our slightest desire for growth, through sporadic but no less methodical acts of destruction of the trail-blazers of this development. The aim is to transform our territories into a kind of wasteland where everything is to be built, thus exposing them to the mercy of various forms of greed, desires and demands.

As partners in internationalisation and globalisation, one would have expected a vigorous demonstration of solidarity from the other partners, who are also affected by the damaging effects of terrorist violence. It is clear that this is not the case, and even in addition to denying us their help, some of these partners take pleasure in usingour weaknesses and failures as enslavement levers inanauthoritarian and manicheisticview of world affairs.

The lesson to be drawn from this versatility of global morality is that we must put ourselves in physical, psychological and material condition to overcome our difficulties. Unless we are a bunch of sadists, we must not get used to the destruction of the fruits of our hard work. We should in no way submit to the torment of an endless cycle.

Terrorism is certainly a terrible scourge, however, it is not inevitable.We can and must overcome it. /-

Navy Captain

ATONFACK GUEMO,

Head of Communication

Division - MINDEF