Soldiers topple Mali democratic institutions

I am currently reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin, a book which highlights the political genius of Abraham Lincoln, US president during the American Civil War of 1860/64.

Throughout that war, on top of having to find solutions to many other national challenges such as slavery which had been the root cause of the war, or party politics’ issues, Lincoln had to deal with his soldiers, and particularly his generals.

Being sometimes very critical of how politicians ran the country’s affairs, there were times when the military leadership sabotaged his actions deliberately, with the intention for him to loose the confidence of the population whose vote would decide who would be in charge for the next government.

Lincoln was a lawyer by profession. Many of his colleagues in the government team had as well law background. They understood well the importance of democratic institutions, and their role in preserving their prevalence.

It may look futile to stress the significance of having the best lawyers of the land in the government. If they can also be honest and hardworking people for the good of the citizens, this would be the ideal situation.

Without a government that consists of the cream of intelligent and dedicated people, whose sole objective is to strengthen democratic institutions, and deliver services that render life worth living for the citizens, military coup like this one in Mali could happen.

The question one would raise is to know if these military leaders responsible of toppling Malian democratic institutions would be prosecuted.  If they are not, there is a loophole somewhere in the Malian political system that needs closing. It isn’t enough to allow the possibility of military coups and promise democratic elections.

This would only be understandable if the military coup had been orchestrated from outside Mali, probably in the circles of foreigners, that promote external military [disguised as humanitarian] interventions to combat terrorism.

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3 responses to “Soldiers topple Mali democratic institutions

  1. “Without a government that consists of the cream of intelligent and dedicated people, whose sole objective is to strengthen democratic institutions, and deliver services that render life worth living for the citizens, ……” That is actually quite funny and is it being implied that the United States, or anywhere else for that matter, has that government?

    Government is all about institutions and good government is all about institutions and transparency. We have, to some extent, had both in the west, to varying degrees, for some time. At the moment, I would suggest that our own democratic institutions are being seriously eroded and while we can see all too well what is happening nobody particularly cares.

    No doubt, Obama is more intelligent than Bush, but he only represents different packaging for the same product and that product is produced by the same people who stole the 2000 and 2004 elections.

    Rest assured should those people need to call on the military to directly intervene, then they will. However, for the time being at least, their shock therapies and disaster capitalism can be administered in a slightly different form here in the west. …. but yes, your implication is correct in substance; outside forces might just be involved in the military coup; after all, this is Africa and not the United States or the European Union.

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    • I didn’t imply that the United States system of government was perfect. We know who is in charge: the capitalists.
      Barack Obama, yes, is better than Bush. But he remains still a puppet in the hands of the capitalist forces represented by Wall Street.
      What I am highlighting is the ideal situation that the person and style of leadership Abraham Lincoln tried to emulate.
      As for caring more about democratic institutions in the West, the current situation is alarming. Unless the younger generation wakes up and doesn’t give up, there is a strong risk for the West of loosing the moral authority on democratic values.

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      • concerning lincoln he is the subject of a great deal of debate, see: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/abraham-lincoln-racist/ etc. etc.

        it is not, however, a debate that i am particularly interested in. suffice to say that i am hardly likely to hold up gladstone as an example of a great democrat despite the extending of the franchise by the reform act of 1867.

        the west has long since lost the moral hight ground that you are referring to. at least, outside the west.

        you might want to draw a little parallel with the napoleonic code, when french ideas, which were progressive, were carried across the rhine at the end of french bayonets. we had “nun völk stehe auf und strum brich los” (now people arise and let the storm break) and the beginings of a nationalism that was to culminate in national soicalism over a hundred years later and dr.josef goebbels repeating the phrase at the ‘berliner sportpalast’ in 1943.

        still in essence your concern for africa is praiseworthy and your recognition of obama as a puppet of wall street is 100% correct. however, we should be at least aware that good government and transparency would mean an end to the west’s shenanigans there.

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