International Criminal Court Now Involved in Ivory Coast Mess
By Staff News & Analysis - May 20, 2011

Ivory Coast: President Ouattara Appeals for Help from the International Criminal Court … President Ouattara has officially asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate alleged human rights crimes that occurred during his long standoff and civil war with former president Laurent Gbagbo. In a letter to ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo (left), Ouattara acknowledged the shortcomings of the Ivorian justice system in carrying out such investigations in the aftermath. The Ivorian ministry of justice subsequently said that it will continue to investigate other crimes, while leaving the most serious allegations to the ICC. Ouattara is showing courage inviting in the ICC. – Council on Foreign Relations

Dominant Social Theme: Everything is OK. Everything is good. Darkest Africa is lighting up following the French and UN interference in what were at one point lawful elections. Turns out that interceding in elections is a net positive if the interference involves the "greater good." (And people with white skin as everybody knows are more familiar with the greater good than people with dark skin.)

Free-Market Analysis: The power elite continues to be nervous about the outrageous miscarriage of justice that took place in the Ivory Coast. We have written numerous articles about it, but this is truly a gift that keeps giving if one is an analyzer of power elite memes.

The idea is that democracy has come to the Ivory Coast – and all of Darkest Africa and the Middle East as well. In fact, US President Barack Obama just last night gave a speech confirming it. The US and the Western world stand with internationalist "youth" against the dictators of the world.

Of course, neither Obama nor any other mainstream entity noted that the "youth" in this case have been funded and abetted by the CIA. (See Alliance for Youth Movements.) And that only certain regimes have been targeted for destabilization. The Ivory Coast was one such, a regime ripe for destabilization as former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo had made a reputation opposing the French and French colonialism.

Alassane Ouattara, meanwhile, a former International Monetary Fund executive was very obviously the West's man. This was important given that the Ivory Coast produces much of the world's cocoa. Ouattara's main job is to protect French interests in the region; to this end he is soon to be sworn in as the Ivory Coast's legitimate president.

Tunisia and Egypt are two more countries that have received the "benefits" of regime change. (We put benefits in quotes because the average person-on-the-street might well deny that there have been many benefits realized thus far.) Ongoing destabilizations, meanwhile, include Syria and Libya. Iraq has already experienced regime change and Afghanistan was supposed to, as well – though, as we have documented, Afghanistan is increasingly slipping away from the grasp of the Anglo-American power elite. Too bad.

One notices that all the destabilized nation-states had as a common element long-established rulers who were not necessarily friendly to the US, or who at least had the domestic clout to assert some independence from the West. What may happen now is that one or more of these nation-states turn into Islamic republics, thus further fueling the phony war on terror that Western powers-that-be have so assiduously constructed.

Under France's watchful eye and abetted by the UN, a legitimate election was hijacked. A constitutionally designated president was dragged out of the basement of the presidential palace and the election handed over to Allisane Ouattara, who didn't deserve it and had not won it.

Ouattara's Islamic political machine stuffed ballot boxes in the north of the Ivory Coast and when the duly created constitutional board of the Ivory Coast threw out those ballots and declared the Christian Laurent Gbagbo president, Ouattara sent an email to the relevant authorities declaring he was president. Who swore him in? Why he, himself dear reader.

Most observers would tend to see this as 1) arrogant and 2) irregular. But most observers do not have the impeccable moral compasses of the French and the United Nations. These two observational entities quickly realized that Ouattara was the rightful president of the Ivory Coast and to emphasize their certainty, they eventually sent President Gbagbo the gift of an armored column.

The "Strongman" history professor was dragged out of his basement, beaten up and paraded around town in a Hawaiian shirt, sweating profusely; his wife likely abused; one of his aides was shot dead. Later on, his lawyers were denied entrance to the Ivory Coast. Ivorian prosecutors who were working for his political nemesis Ouattara questioned Gbagbo at length and afterwards it was leaked that he would be likely tried for crimes against humanity by the Soros-funded ICC. Ah, legitimacy!

No doubt Sarkozy et al. hoped the incident would simply disappear down the proverbial memory hole. It hasn't yet. In addition to the blog-article at the CFR, The Voice of America posted an article on the Ivory Coast and the ICC; yesterday Forbes posted an article as well.

But the big news is the ICC. Perhaps the ICC can provide a necessary patina of justice. That seems to be the hope anyway. Never mind that the ICC itself is in the throes of being rejected by Kenya, South Africa and several other African countries large and small. It didn't help that it promised Liberian President Charles Taylor immunity from prosecution and then reneged.

Ouattara is outdoing himself in support of Anglo-American power elite dominant social themes. First, he has willingly cooperated with the unlawful overthrow of the Ivory Coast's legally elected president, Laurent Gbagbo, and thus provided French business interests with invaluable cover. Second, he has called in an international body to help prosecute Gbagbo and his supporters (thus providing the ICC with yet more credibility, which it sorely needs).

Of course the CFR doesn't see it that way. CFR blogger John Campbell, the "Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies" thinks it is an act of Ivorian political maturity. "The frank acknowledgment of the inability of the Ivorian justice system to carry out unbiased investigations enhances his credibility to me," Campbell writes.

Give Campbell credit; unlike many commentators, he has the honesty to admit that the Ivory Coast remains a mess – "bitterly divided" is the phrase he uses. (You wouldn't know it of course if you just read articles from the wire services or even from the supine African press, which on occasion outdoes the Western mainstream press in lapdoggery.) "Abidjan's slow return to normality disguises the fact that tens of thousands of internally displaced persons are afraid to go home," Campbell writes. "Killings continue, if more sporadically."

But Campbell then provides the predictable internationalist perspective. He suggests that, "there is at least a chance that a balanced ICC investigation followed by prosecution of the perpetrators of human rights abuses from both sides could advance the cause of national reconciliation." Huh?

This is the ICC mind you that is funded by George Soros and staffed by his colleagues. An ICC that came out of nowhere and asserted its authority simply because it had received funding. The ICC that is an elaboration of mad dog futurist HG Wells (who suggested it back in the 1940s) and never saw (like any other Fabian) a human cultural facility that was not better off globalized.

Ironically, we agree with Campbell about one thing regarding the ICC: It better hurry up. Soon there will likely be more "abuses" to catalogue. Many armed Ivorians have left the country and have apparently established bases in Ghana, Liberia and elsewhere. They have retribution in mind. Ouattara's armed supporters including his own Prime Minister know it and are making threatening noises; the French-initiated destabilization may soon spread throughout West Africa.

As we pointed out the other day, what else could be expected? Half of the Ivory Coast (more than half apparently) voted for Gbagbo. Do the French and the UN really believe that a "truth and reconciliation commission" formed by the Ivory Coast's (illegitimate) president is going to assuage the Christian South of the Ivory Coast – already inclined to look on the Muslim North as non-Ivorian interlopers.

Thousands are dead and a million are displaced. The current leader who apparently stuffed ballot boxes and declared himself president is now presiding over a return to "justice." This is the same justice that is being applied irregularly to the rest of Africa and the Middle East. Libya and Syria are solemnly warned by an American president while Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, equally authoritarian, are supported by the West militarily and otherwise. Awkward!

Western-controlled globalism is being spread in this manner. But the 21st century is not the 20th, and many more are aware of what is actually going on. Egypt should have been pacified by now but the "youth," so controllable in the 20th century, is not satisfied with a revolution that leaves the military in charge. Tunisia is no less on edge. Protests continue in Bahrain and Yemen, despite Washington's discomfort.

The problem is that all the fine speeches in the world cannot disguise the West's neocolonialism anymore than all the resources and titles can disguise the ICC's illegitimacy or the real winner of the recent Ivory Coast elections. The idea is to send an intimidating message to African and Middle Eastern leaders disguised as "democracy." But the Internet Reformation (like the Gutenberg press fostered Protestant Reformation before it) is affecting far more than leaders.

After Thoughts

The new communication mediums are spreading enlightenment in our view. The hive mind is busily buzzing. The painfully established memes of the elite are failing. Are we are living through the beginnings of an elite counter-Reformation comprised of youth movements, fake bin Laden deaths and phony Wikipedia leaks? Perhaps so. But the counter-Reformation did not reacquire many regions that the Church had lost. Only some.

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