How 9/11 affected Uganda!


[…]When Uganda was struck by its own “11” terror attack, this coming on July 11 (7/11) in 2010 in Kampala, practically all Ugandan news organisations found they had been influenced by this Washington-London angle to world events.

When it was stated in the early hours after the bombings in Kampala that this was the work of the militant Somali group, al-Shabaab, that is how it was reported and continues to be unquestioningly reported and interpreted by senior editors and reporters in Kampala.

In that sense, the 9/11 events in the United States led to a great, renewed brainwashing by the West. Former US President George Bush’s “either you are with us or with the terrorists” declaration soon became “either you see the world as we do, or you too are a terrorist or at least you are clueless about world news”. […]

People and media often talk about the fatal consequences of 9/11 in the western world, two days after the 10th. anniversary of 9/11 I found a very interesting article for you, talking about how the US bomb blasts in 2001 affect Uganda.

Enjoy reading…

Kampala riots (04/29/10)

How the 9/11 U.S. Bomb Blasts Affected Uganda

There have been very few human interest stories as gripping as what happened that day to the most powerful nation in the world. This was one of those, literally, made for television events. It was watched live on TV by millions on every continent.

All the ingredients of late 20th century imagery were there. The most international of industries tend to be oil, arms, currencies, terrorism and aviation. Planes. An audacious terrorist attack. A superpower. Live television. Human tragedy on a large scale. Security. All these fell into place that day.

These fateful events unfolding in the United States were watched and avidly followed thousands of miles away in Uganda as almost everywhere else on earth.

President Yoweri Museveni understood the mindset of the West well before he came to power. He knew that their understanding of the world is shaped by how the rest of the world conforms to western interests.

Regular western news reports speak of “the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country about the size of France”, or “Uganda, an East African nation roughly the size of South Carolina”.

Museveni knew that the West turned against Milton Obote in 1971 not because of the army’s attack on the Kabaka’s palace but ultimately because Obote took a firm stand against British arms sales to apartheid South Africa.

Idi Amin was warmly welcomed by the West for the first year in power and only started becoming a pariah in the West after breaking off diplomatic relations with Israel in March 1972, expelling Ugandan Asians holding British passports in August 1972, cutting off diplomatic relations with the United States in 1973 and publicly praising Adolf Hitler in 1974.

So, in the spirit of cynicism and practical politics, the first and political instinct was for Museveni to throw his support behind the stricken America. The first three African nations to publicly express support for the United States in its just declared “War on Terror” were Uganda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

The “War on Terror” gave the NRM government and the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia a new lease on life. Whoever cooperated with the United States in intelligence gathering, rendering terror suspects and providing troops or military bases to tackle regional Islamist threats, was forgiven of all political and human rights sins. Under the guise of fighting this war on terror, any threat to or crime against the state in Central and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa could be grouped under terrorism.

The word “terrorism” almost became equated with Nazism, a crime so great that normal legal rights and fairness could be suspended. Local crimes and security threats were elevated to global terrorism as a cunning way of drawing the paranoid America into joint operations with African governments. read full article

Milton Obote (was president from 1966 – 1971 and again from 1980 – 1985 )

The first leader of an independent Uganda, he imposed virtual one-man rule, but was twice overthrown

Orbituary (source: guardian.co.uk)

Idi Amin (dictator from 1971-1979)

Ruthless dictator whose rise to power was facilitated by the British colonial authorities, he went on to devastate Uganda

Orbituary (source: guardian.co.uk)

Yoweri Museveni (president of Uganda since 1986, has been reelected in 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011)

The 56-year-old has until now been the undisputed boss.

His only opponents have come from the outside – branded “multi-partyists”, a word for those who support the cause of a return to a pluralist system of government.

Orbituary (source: news.bbc.co.uk)

(Sources: allafrica.com, news.bb.co.uk, guardian.co.uk, google.ch/images)
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