“Democratic reformers facing repression, prison, or exile can know: America sees you for who you are: the future leaders of your free country.” … bush in his inaugural address .
Spirit lifting indeed for the oppressed peoples of the world ( Gambians no exception ). But Can people in oppressed societies like ours take solace in this statement? Should they? The answer is no. The rhetoric of his speech writers do not match Bush’s MO. They should be considered as such. Our societies will only be liberated by home grown freedom fighters. America, some one once said has no permanent friends; just permanent interest.
Which begs the question: what exactly is america’s interest in that sliver of land on the west coast of africa called the Gambia? I can’t think of any but will be thrilled to know. Our destiny rest in our own hands. It will be foolhardy for any opposition figure to think that in their fight against Yaya Jammeh’s tyranny america will come to their rescue. If that is the case they wouldn’t let the government of Dawda Jawara collapse while a navy vessel is anchored off the coast of Banjul. They let decades of Gambian democracy fall without lifting a finger. So lets take on our Yaya (to borrow Cherno Baba’s phrase ) with the will of david as he did goliath. For he is but our problem, and not America’s.