Beasts of No Nation: Why Israel and Its Allies Have Become Animals In Their Desperation To Wipe Out The Palestinians.
Beasts of no nation.
The title of this article is taken from the song by the Afrobeat legend — Fela Anikulapo-Kuti back in the 1980s.
The song was formed by his personal experiences and the geopolitical issues of the 1980s.
Unlike his contemporaries in the African music space, our protagonist stood out like a sore thumb: a musician who was committed to fighting for the common man and one who had no problems calling out the corruption of the military dictators and their minions in the public sphere.
And for his efforts, he was imprisoned a great number of times and his mother was killed by forces acting on the orders of the junta in the late 1970s.
Back then, the preeminent issue was apartheid South Africa and the injustices to which Africans were subjected in their homeland.
That there was a space on the African soil in which the white minority wielded all the power and the Black majority had no political rights was a major sore point. This was also exacerbated by the fact that America and Britain seemed to be in no hurry to impose sanctions, which would have led to the collapse of the racist government much sooner.
Pieter Botha, who was in charge by the 80s, was under serious pressure from the international community to accelerate reforms and from the African National Congress, who hadn’t fully given up the armed struggle and were also making their presence felt across the borders, said something extraordinary:
These uprisings will bring out the beast in us
And with that statement, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, sought to teach us that Britain, America and apartheid South Africa were to all intents and purposes, animals, who had no ounce of humanity in them.
It was true then and guess what?
It is true today.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s tweets and pronouncements had depicted Hamas as animals, worthy of slaughter and elimination.
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