The Palestinian massacre on my mind..
Israel is currently waging a war on the children of Gaza.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is intent on killing every woman and child and the west has backed him to ensure that this happens.
Cue international outrage.
Thousands of people in London, Washington, Jakarta, have marched to demand an end to the genocide which is unfolding right before our very eyes.
But the leadership of the Arab world has been quite silent.
From the likes of Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, which hate being associated with Africa and would rather attach themselves to the middle-east to the likes of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Lebanon, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, there is no desire to speak and stand up for the Palestinians who are being ethnically cleansed.
And it is worth pointing out that it hasn’t always been like this.
In the 1950s, when anti-colonial movements were at their zenith, Colonel Nasser led the entire region into standing up against their former masters.
His efforts in nationalizing the Suez Canal won him fans across the region and the continent. Even though he embarked on a series of ill-fated wars with Israel, his place is guaranteed in the Arab world.
You could say the same for Hafiz Al-Assad in Syria, who was supremely intelligent and full of guile and dynamism.
Muammar Gaddafi, for all of his buffoonery in his later years, was equally committed to Pan-Arabism and Pan-Africanism, with his presence felt throughout the Africa and I dare say the world.
But all that’s changed.
The toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003 along with the Arab spring in 2011, which saw a generation of players kicked out of power in Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia has led to a massive leadership vacuum, which hasn’t been filled till date.
And it is precisely at this point that we must ask: Are the Arab people a profoundly defeated and conquered people in 2023?