EQUATORIAL GUINEA: THE WEST’S FATAL INFECTION

By Denny Merrigan

Equatorial Guinea sounds more like a disease you get after visiting a brothel than an African country. Most Americans have probably never heard of this tiny nation, never mind find it on a map. A random sidewalk survey of everyday citizens would probably bear this out.

It’s fair to say that Equatorial Guinea isn’t on the radar of many Americans, or Europeans or anyone else for that matter. Why should anyone care about Equatorial Guinea, a tiny country on the otherwise vast continent of Africa? Because it is a textbook case of what’s wrong with western democracies. The President (dictator) of Equatorial Guinea is a (alleged) cannibal. He likes to eat his enemies’ brains and testicles. He’s the poster boy for corrupt, genocidal, incompetent African dictators:

The president of Equatorial Guinea may not be a household name – however those who have survived his brutal regime claim he is pure evil. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 74, has ruled over the country since 1979.

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MADMAN AND ALL AROUND AFRICAN PSYCHO-DICTATOR: TEODORO OBIANG NGUEMA.

Cannibal dictator

Dictator Nguema has been terrorizing his people for three decades and no one cares. In fact, unlike Saddam Hussein or Muammar Qaddafi, N’guema is accepted not shunned in the international community. However his regime although small and insignificant in the grand scheme of world affairs is no less evil than those that draw world-wide condemnation and punitive actions:

Known as “torturer-in-chief”, his rise to power saw him overthrow his uncle – Francisco Macias N’Guema – taking revenge after the ruler had his family murdered. Since taking power, those who politically opposed him have been subjected to torture and oppression. However many claim his depravity goes even deeper. It is alleged that N’guema is a cannibal.

The key to survival for the N’guema regime is, wait for it… oil! Surprise. Discovered in 1979 vast reserves of oil in Equatorial Guinea’s territorial waters has made the country wealthy beyond belief but as usual that wealth hasn’t gone to the impoverished population, it’s been looted by the N’guema regime.

Think about this- we don’t even have SANCTIONS in place in an effort to get this psycho to change course. But then again:

Nguema is also said to have skinned opponents alive and has eaten their brains.

The president's son and heir-apparent Teodorin-Nguema-Obiang

The president’s son and heir-apparent Teodorin-Nguema-Obiang: Right out of central casting.

It’s the usual story of corruption, brutality, genocide, corruption, nepotism and madness that has played out in country after country from Africa to the Middle East and points beyond.

Money as they say talks and bullshit walks. Equatorial Guinea is rich in oil and there is money to be made there. What’s sickening and immoral is how willing Western institutions from banks to the United Nations are to collaborate with criminal regimes like this with impunity:

But neither administration has taken action against Obiang, Teodorin, the Equatoguinean government, or the US banks where this money has been laundered, Wachovia and Citibank (Riggs Bank, where much of that money ended up, was fined $25 million in 2004 and 2005 for various money laundering actions, including moving money tied to Augusto Pinochet out of Britain), even in the face of the US Senate findings. With $12 billion worth of investments in Equatorial Guinea, the US is the largest investor in the country.

Now why would you or I even care about this story? Who gives a rats red ass about Equatorial Guinea anyway? Why should I lose sleep over some African dictator who likes to eat the brains and testicles of his enemies? This is nothing new in Africa.

Neither the Bush or Obama administrations cared about the human rights abuses.

Neither the Bush or Obama administrations cared about the human rights abuses.

What does America stand for anymore?

To that I say this: America is supposed to stand for something. It stands for something to us Americans and it stands for something to the rest of the world. At least it used to.

In today’s America, rich athletes fail to stand for America and many of our young don’t understand what we’re really all about. That’s because we’ve lost our focus and our conscience. For too long our leaders have allowed politics and corruption interfere with doing the right thing.

Observers say the US finds it hard to criticize a country which is seen as an ally in a volatile, oil-rich region. In 2006, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hailed President Obiang as a “good friend” despite repeated criticism of his human rights and civil liberties record by her own department. More recently President Barack Obama posed for an official photograph with President Obiang at a New York reception.

Someday this situation may reach critical mass and then what? The West may finally be forced to act. Well I for one don’t want my son or any other American boy to fight in the NEXT unwinnable war because our politicians essentially created another monster. Not until we get our act together and we’re far from that.

Our grandparents KILLED evil dictators, they didn’t take pictures with them.

Evil dictators get a pass

In World War II our grandparents understood between right and wrong. They destroyed dictators and spread freedom because of that understanding. Today we live in a country where moral equivalency is celebrated dogma. A genocidal government isn’t our problem as long as we can make a profit off of them. We no longer have credibility and so dictators like N’guema exist and evil gets a pass.

They visit the White House and pose for pictures with our President and they are members of the United Nations. Our politicians coddle and enrich these psychopaths while our military is called upon when things finally get out of control. As Conservatives we know better and OUR credibility takes a hit when we don’t do the right thing or hold our leaders accountable.

Just your average meet-and greet with an evil, corrupt, genocidal, cannibal dictator


We must restore hope

There was a time when the United States had the power of your father- if you were acting up a stern look or glance in your direction was sufficient to make you re-think your next action very carefully.

We no longer have that power. Iranian gunboats stalk our warships and take our sailors hostage. Chinese officials refuse to put the steps up for Air Force One. Countries around the world scoff at America now, we are weak, pathetic and without credibility. That’s how evil thrives. That’s how dictator-cannibals stay in power for decades. That’s how you lose your soul.

We have to get our soul back. We need to right this ship. Too many people in this world need hope. We must restore hope.