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    West is taking people for imbeciles

    Belgian MP stands up against war in Mali and exposes neo-colonial plot

    Laurent Louis

    2013-02-04, Issue 615

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    In this candid and charged speech to parliament, the Belgian MP condemns the West’s growing military interventions and regime destabilization under the pretext of preventive war on terror. The real agenda is capitalist plunder.

    BELGIAN MP LAURENT LOUIS: Thank you, Mr President. Dear Ministers, dear colleagues

    Belgium is indeed the land of surrealism. This morning we learned in the media that the Belgian army is incapable of fighting some extremist soldiers having radical Islamist beliefs existing within its own ranks and who cannot be dismissed by lack of legal means. However, at the same time, we decided to help France in its war against "terror" by providing logistical support for its operation in Mali. What wouldn't we do in order to fight against terrorism outside our borders?

    I just hope we took care not to send for this anti-terrorist operation in Mali these much talked about Belgian Islamists soldiers! I seem to be joking, but what is going on in the world today does not make me laugh at all. It doesn't make me laugh, because without any doubt, the leaders of our Western countries are taking the peoples for imbeciles with the help and support of the media which are nothing more today than an organ of propaganda of the ruling powers.

    Around the world, military actions and regime destabilization are becoming more and more frequent. Preventive war has become the rule. And today, in the name of democracy and the fight against terrorism, our states grant themselves the right to violate the sovereignty of independent countries and to overthrow legitimate leaders.

    There has been Iraq and Afghanistan, the wars of the American lie. Came later, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, where thanks to your decisions, our country has been "first in line" to participate in crimes against humanity, in each case to overthrow progressive and moderated regimes and to replace them with Islamist regimes, and - isn't it weird? - their first will was to impose Sharia law.

    This is exactly what is currently happening in Syria where Belgium is shamefully funding the arming of the Islamist rebels who are trying to overthrow Bashar Al Assad. Thus, in the midst of economic crisis, as more and more Belgians can no longer house themselves, feed, heat and cure themselves - Yeah, I can hear what a filthy populist I am - well, the Minister of Foreign Affairs decided to offer the Syrian rebels nine million Euros!

    Of course, they'll try to make us believe that this money will be used for humanitarian purposes ... one more lie! And as you can see, for months, our country is only participating to put in place Islamic regimes in North Africa and the Middle East. So, when they come and pretend to go to war in order to fight against terrorism in Mali, well... I feel like laughing.

    It's false! Under the appearance of good actions, we only intervene to defend financial interests in a complete neo-colonialist mindset. It's a real nonsense to go to help France in Mali in the name of the fighting against Islamic terrorism when at the same time we support in Syria the overthrow of Assad by Islamist rebels who want to impose Sharia Law, as was done in Tunisia and in Libya. It is about time we stopped lying to ourselves and treating people like imbeciles.

    The time has come to tell the truth. Arming the Islamist Rebels, as Westerners have in the past armed Bin Laden, that friend of the Americans before they turned against him, well, the Western countries are taking the opportunity to place military bases in the newly conquered countries while favouring domestic companies. Everything is therefore strategic. In Iraq, our American allies have put their hands on the country's oil wealth. In Afghanistan, it was its opium and drugs, always useful when it comes to make lots of money pretty quickly.

    In Libya, in Tunisia, in Egypt, or then again in Syria, the aim was and is still today to overthrow moderate powers, to replace them by Islamist powers who very quickly will become troublesome and that we will shamelessly attack pretending once again to fight terrorism or protect Israel.

    Thus, the next targets are already known. Within a few months, I bet that our eyes will turn to Algeria and eventually to Iran. To go to war, to free people from an outside aggressor, is noble. But go to war to defend the interests of USA, to go to war to defend the interests of big companies such as AREVA, to go to war to put our hands on gold mines, has nothing noble at all and it reveals our countries to be attackers and thugs!

    No one dares to speak, but I will not shut up! And if my battle makes me look like an enemy of this system who flaunts human rights in the name of financial, geo-strategic and neo-colonialist interests, so be it! Flaunting and exposing this regime is a duty and makes me proud. And honestly, I apologise for my low class speech, but I f**k you all, the so-called do-gooders, both left and rightwingers or from the center who are today licking the boots of our corrupted powers and who will be pleased to ridicule me.

    I f**k you all, leaders who are playing with your bombs as kids do in a playground!

    I f**k you, you who pretend to be democrats while you are nothing more than low class criminals. I don't have much respect either for the journalists who have the audacity to label the opponents as mentally retarded while basically, they know very well that these opponents are right.

    Finally, I despise, at the highest point, those who believe they are the kings of the world and who are dictating their laws, because I am on the side of truth, the side of justice, the side of the innocent victims of looting at all cost. And it is for this reason that I have decided to clearly oppose this resolution that is sending our country to support France in its neo-colonialist operation.

    Since the beginning of the French operation, the lie is organized. We are told that France is only answering the call for help from the Malian president. We almost forget that this president has no legitimacy and that he was put in place to ensure the transition following the coup of March 2012.

    Who supported this coup d'état? Who started it? For whom is this president of transition actually working? This is the first lie! The French president, François Hollande, dares to pretend to wage this war to fight against the jihadists who threaten (oh do you realize!) the French and European territory! But what an ugly lie!

    By taking this official argument, while taking the opportunity to frighten the population by increasing the terror alert level, implementing the Vigipirate plan, our leaders and media are demonstrating an un-imaginable outrage! How dare they use such a point while France and Belgium have not hesitated to arm and support Jihadists in Libya and that these same countries continue to support these jihadists in Syria?

    This pretext hides strategic and economic purposes. Our countries are no longer fearing inconsistency because everything is done to hide it. But the inconsistency is well present. It is not tomorrow that you'll see a Malian citizen commit an act of terrorism in Europe. No! Unless we'll suddenly create one so we can justify this military operation.

    Haven't we created September 11th, after all, to justify the invasions, arbitrary arrest, torture and massacre of innocent populations? Thus, creating a Malian terrorist is no big deal! It must not be very complicated for our bloodthirsty leaders. Another pretext used these recent months to justify military operations is the protection of human rights.

    Ah! This pretext is still used today to justify the war in Mali. But yes! We have to act, otherwise the evil Islamists will impose Sharia law in Mali, stoning women and cutting off the thugs' hands. Oh! The intention is truly noble. Noble and salutary for sure!

    But then why is it, Good Lord, why is it that our countries have contributed in Tunisia and Libya to the accession to power of Islamists who have decided to apply this Sharia Law in these countries which were still not so long ago modern and progressive? I invite you to ask the young Tunisians who have launched the revolution in Tunisia if they are happy with their current situation? This is all hypocrisy. The purpose of this war in Mali is very clear.

    And since no one talks about it, I WILL. The purpose is to fight against China and allow our American ally to maintain its presence in Africa and the Middle East. This is what guides these neo-colonialists operations. And you will see, when the military operation will be over, France will, of course, keep its military bases in Mali.

    These bases will be a benefit to the Americans as well. And at the same time, as has always been the case, Western corporates will put their hands on juicy contracts that will once again deprive re-colonized countries of their wealth and raw materials. So let's be clear, the primary beneficiaries of this military operation will be the owners and shareholders of the French giant AREVA who have been trying for years to obtain a uranium mine in Falea, a town of 17,000 inhabitants located 350 km from Bamako.

    And I don't know why, but my little finger is telling me that it won't take long before AREVA eventually exploits that mine! I don't know. It's an impression I have. It is therefore out of question that I would take part in this mining colonialism, this modern day colonialism. And for those who doubt my arguments, I sincerely invite them to learn about the wealth of Mali.

    Mali is a major producer of gold, but recently it has been designated - recently, eh....- as being a country that offers a world-class environment for the exploitation of uranium. How strange! One step closer to a war against Iran, it is obvious. For all these reasons and in order to not fall into the traps of lies they are telling us, I've decided not to give my support to that intervention in Mali.

    Therefore, I will vote against it.

    And by doing so, I'm being consistent since I never supported in the past our criminal interventions in Libya or in Syria, and so I am the only MP in this country to defend the non-interference and the fight against obscure interests. I really think it is about time to put an end to our participation in the UN or NATO and get out of the EU if Europe, instead of providing peace, becomes a weapon of attack and destabilization of sovereign countries submissive to financial rather than human interests.

    Finally, I can only urge our government to remind President Hollande the obligations resulting from the Geneva Conventions regarding the respect of prisoners of war. Indeed, I was shocked to hear on television from the mouth of the French President that his intention was to "destroy" - I say "destroy" - Islamist terrorists.

    So, I do not want the qualification to be used to name the opponents to the Malian regime - it is always convenient today to talk about Islamic terrorists- to circumvent the obligations of any democratic state in terms of respecting the rights of prisoners of war. We expect such respect from the Fatherland of Human Rights.

    In conclusion, let me emphasize how lightly we decide to go to war. First, the government acts without any consent from the parliament. It appears that it has the right to. It sends equipment, men to Mali.

    Parliament subsequently reacts and when it responds, as today, well, this institution happens to be composed of only a third of its members.Much less if we speak of the French speaking MPs. It is therefore a guilty lightness which does not really surprise me, coming from a parliament of puppies, submitted to the dictates of political parties. Thank you.

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