African Liberation Day 2017
Libya, Pan-Africanism and Lessons
Libya, Pan-Africanism and Lessons for Those Who Fight for Socialism, Liberation and the Unification of Africa
During the 1960’s, when most African countries were gaining independence for their national territories that had been colonized by western European imperialists, Kwame Nkrumah. Ghana’s first president drafted a proposed strategy and various tactics for achieving an objective that had already been established at the Fifth (5th) Pan‐African Congress in 1945. It was there, in Manchester England, where Nkrumah had the historic honor of participating in discussions that led to the definition of our objective‐ “Pan‐Africanism” as: “… the total liberation and unification of Africa under Scientific Socialism..” The strategy for achieving that objective was “organization of the masses of African people”.
How do we organize the masses of suffering African people inside and outside of Africa? Do we start from scratch? Or, do we build upon that which has already been built by those who came before us? We don’t have to start from scratch. We are the inheritors of countless sacrifices paid for with the blood and sacrifices of dedicated Africans. Though we enjoy the fruits of their labors, which resulted in advancements, we are not yet free. While it is certain that we will be free, it is nevertheless intelligent and logical that we learn what others who came before us did that was both effective and ineffective.
Nkrumah said: “Seek ye first the political kingdom.” With this slogan, he commented on the fact that we don’t control our politics, and consequently we cannot presently control our economics. This also means that we do not control our culture, for us. Consequently, as Amilcar Cabral said: “the only way to advance our culture is to struggle for political liberation. Likewise, Ahmed Seku Ture admonished Africans to “…control our own revolutionary economy for the People...” The more we are involved in significant actions for political control of our own revolutionary economy for our people, the more our cultural level develops. Culture develops by fighting against our enemies and for our own free society controlled by us in the way that we direct.
We can only resolve our problem through organization. But, how do we organize? Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah proposed that we unite the revolutionary political parties that “…see the urgent necessity of building socialism together with those that are struggling to liberate their People from colonialism…” (The “Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare,” In this Handbook, Nkrumah proposed the name “AllAfrican Committee for Political Coordination (AACPC).
He considered that it would be constituted by the central committees of those parties in power in what we call “liberated zones” (areas where we are in control and we dominate the enemy), together with the central committees of those parties in what we call “enemy held zones” (areas where the enemy dominates us) and “contested zones” (where we are seriously struggling against our local and foreign enemies to get control in favor of ourselves). Most of Africa is now hotly contested. In fact, Africa is on fire!
Those Africans living in Europe and North America live in enemy held zones. Those living in Cuba, Venezuela, and Bolivia (to name a few) are in liberated zones in what we call the African Diaspora, (i.e.‐ they are living and struggling outside of the African continent while still being an active part of the African Revolution).
It is only rational that unified organization should be based in a liberated zone. A People’s Political Party in control can provide refuge for other struggling political organizations. It can give them (us) passports, material assistance including money, health care, transportation, communications, and arms. It can use its embassies, which are spread throughout the world to organize and even serve as revolutionary liberated bases inside of enemy controlled zones ‐for example, the Cuban Embassy inside of London, or Washington DC, or the Libyan Embassy inside of London.
The enemy does just the opposite. They use their embassies inside of revolutionary and progressive countries to conspire with reactionary elements to destabilize the people’s democratically chosen leadership. For example, the U.S. Interest Section in Havana, Cuba conspires with counter‐ revolutionaries to destabilize the Cuban Government. Their objective is “regime change,” which is just another name for coup d’ etat. They want to replace the people’s democratic government with an anti‐ people regime loyal to the imperialists’ interests, which are scientifically speaking against the interest of our people’s noble wishes to have happiness with good health and development.
Everything changes all the time. Not being an exception to the rule, these zones have changed. Some that were liberated then (1960’s) are now hotly contested. Some that were hotly contested zones then, have since been liberated. We need these few liberated zones and we need to transform more hotly contested zones into liberated zones. At a minimum we must also transform the enemy held zones into hotly contested zones that are moving toward liberation.
When Nkrumah proposed this strategy in the 1960’s, The People’s Revolutionary Republic of Guinea was liberated. The people’s representatives were in control, led by leadership that was dominantly conscious and more or less faithful to these people. It was a Party‐State. The Party was a Mass Revolutionary Party called the Parti Democratique du Guinee du Revolutionne Democratique Africain (Democratic Party of Guinea of the Democratic African Revolution – PDG‐RDA). It helped liberation movements and parties by giving them bases in Guinea (places to live, train, be politically educated and receive military training) with political support in the international arena. That was then. The PDG‐RDA still exists, but temporarily is out of power.
What was called the “People’s Revolutionary Republic of Guinea” is now called the Republic of Guinea and is controlled by a new form of colonialism called neo‐colonialism. Needless to say, the regime in power is controlled by collective imperialism from the outside of Guinea and by its very nature could not represent, let alone be faithful to the people of Guinea.
At the same time that Guinea was liberated in the 1960’s, Libya was in the clutches of a neo‐colonial monarch controlled by outside collective imperialists (Britain, France and U.S.A.). The People were among the poorest of the poor in the world. That was then. Things changed in 1969 with the triumph of the Jamahiriya Revolution.
From 1969 to 2011, the Jamahiriya Revolution transformed this African society into one of the most prosperous in Africa and the world. While caring for all of its citizens, it also helped liberation movements and parties throughout Africa and the world, by giving them bases in Libya (places to live, train, be politically educated and receive military training) with political support in the international arena. The imperialists know this better than we do. They (imperialists) have been working against the Jamahiriya Revolution in Libya since 1969. Reaction is scientific. Every action causes a reaction.
The imperialist objective is to carry out a counter‐ revolution. They want to eliminate the revolutionary regime and replace it with a puppet (neo‐colonial) regime that the foreign imperialists will use to control our land in their interests and against our interests. They attempted assassinations. They attempted to overthrow the authorities. They imposed sanctions; embargos and they even militarily attacked Libya on several occasions. Now they are invading that country more than any other fascist military has invaded anywhere in history. They have completely lost their minds because they never imagined that Muammar Al‐ Qaddafi, and the Jamahiriya Revolution could resist their merciless bombing for more than 72 hours. It has already at the time of this writing, been more than thousands of hours and the struggle is continuing. We admire the resistance of the armed people of Libya against the military might of the technologically superior weapons that the foreign invaders are using against us.
Just a few months ago, in February of this year (2011), this counter‐revolutionary invasion transformed Libya into a hotly contested zone. The struggle is very intense. The People are putting up historic resistance and vow to fight to the end against the most nazi fascist military that the world has ever seen – NATO (consisting of imperialists armies of Western Europe and North America).
The outcome of this current struggle does not only depend on the peoples of Libya or of our common imperialist enemy (NATO). It depends on us ‐we who are reading this article. “Little ole me”. When we bring all the “little ole we” together, we will be stronger than the system that oppresses humanity. It will happen and it is happening.
Of course, some of us don’t comprehend that it depends on us. But soon we will understand. When we do, we’ll become active and creatively fight against NATO imperialism and all forms of capitalist exploitation by any means necessary. Aluta continua. Venceremos! The struggle continues and victory is certain.
African Liberation Day is designed to not only encourage unity of thought among Africans, but it is also a medium for urging Africans to join organizations that have the type of solid ideological foundation that will prevent their members from falling prey to confusion induced by capitalist lies and propaganda. Informed organizations make possible informed coalitions for resistance. The public statement of one such coalition in Ghana is instructive for all who fight imperialism. It states in part:
“We have come together as organizations and individuals to stand in support of the people of Libya, Cote d’Ivoire and all of Africa as we face an onslaught of foreign military aggression. We cannot remain silent while our people and our sovereignty are under attack. We must let all those who chose the side of exploitation know that wherever there is oppression or aggression there will be resistance – this is just one form of that resistance… Imperialist meddling in African affairs must stop. Solutions to African problems, even when they are fueled and instigated by foreign interests, must be solved internally – by Africans. The interventions in the internal affairs of African nations are attacks on our right to self‐ determination. We are not slaves! We are not colonies! We must and will make our own decisions and in our own interests. We must resist any effort to dictate who our leaders should be or what type of political and economic system we use.”