Sunday, 29 April 2012

On reality and the problems we face

The post on here from the 5th April now looks far too optimistic.

With the newly formed FNLA confusing matters further, the situation in Azawad now appears grim:

Many northern Tuaregs are adamant that they do not support the MNLA (Mouvement National pour la liberation de l'Azawad, or National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad), which claim to have military control of Gao and Kidal. "I absolutely do not agree with the MNLA," a farmer only known as Ajawa told IRIN from Abala refugee camp in Niger.
"They say they fight for all the Tuareg people, but many Tuareg people do not support them," he said. "We all just want to be left in peace. Already Mali is relying on aid from the US, UK and Europe. The conflict is just making more divisions - how can we survive as two countries if we can barely survive as one?"
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Who of us can disagree with Ajawa? All of us, everywhere, want to live in peace. All National Anarchists support national liberation and secession movements, but how can we reconcile this principal with the great suffering that all too often occurs when the vanguards of a people begin to move? As supporters of the right of ethnic groups to self-determination, National Anarchists and our allies cannot brush aside the current suffering in Azawad with the stock-in-trade "These things unfortunately happen in war" quip. Call me an old peacenik, but national liberation groups need to put the security and well-being of their people at the top of the list. To gain the support of those they speak for, they should formulate socio-political programmes to gain the trust of the masses and ultimately become indivisible from them: a people's movement in every sense of the word. Yes, constitutional paths should also be considered if conditions allow. They may prove to lead into cul-de-sacs, but if the alternative is carnage?

In South Sudan too, the quest for black gold and other resources is causing misery to it's people. Oil is a resource that one day we will no longer see the 'benefit' of. Is it time for secessionist movements to get with the programme of technological regression?!

As secessionists and decentralists we National Anarchists must never brush aside the possible human consequences of what we are advocating. National Anarchists desire a peaceful world of tribal co-existence, but we must not kid ourselves that this will come about via some glorious co-ordinated National-Anarchist revolution. We must therefore support all movements which set things on the path toward our vision. National liberation can be part of this process, but how can we do this without becoming cheerleaders for misery and despair? Unfortunately, I for one, cannot see any easy answers.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

MNLA claim victory

Today's news that the MNLA have called a ceasefire and declared Azawad free and independent is to be welcomed by National Anarchists and all decentralists.

The MNLA appears secular and it's statements reasoned. Certainly tribalists and nationalists should hope talks with Bamako result in an independent state in Azawad as soon as possible. National Anarchists should call for the non-intervention of those not directly involved: ECOWAS as an internationalist and globalist organisation should stay away and the deployment of troops should be avoided unless civilians will suffer otherwise. Of course all humanitarian and aid organisations should have full access immediately. The displaced need to return home at the earliest opportunity.

It is easy for me, sat here in my cosy corner of Wessex, to add that the MNLA also need to deal with Ansar Dine. The MNLA are numerically larger and better armed. Can this be done without blood shed? We must hope so. National Anarchists should support national liberation struggles like those of the MNLA, but we should oppose the Islamo-fascism of Ansar Dine. Of course, we National Anarchists are not anti-religion. We recognise religion and spirituality as major factors in the make up of human identity and existence. But we are against this type of religious imperialism.

The MNLA appear to be the good guys. Their public relations seem as conciliatory as a national liberation army can be and they have shown their humanitarian nature. Almost exclusively Tuareg, the MNLA will want to start building a Tuareg nation in the Azawad. However, any new Tuareg dominated administration MUST recognise the rights of the other ethnic groups within Azawad such as the Songhai and Peul. These people must have the right to self-determination: within semi-autonomous regions, within Mali or indeed as separate political entities. We must must not witness the balkanisation of Azawad, and at present, that responsibility lies with the MNLA.

Obviously National Anarchists have no intrinsic interest in the formation of states as political structures, but we must encourage separatist and secession movements - all moving in a decentralist direction. We must welcome the creation of a new ethno-state in Azawad as a step toward a world of maximum devolution amd maximum autonomy. National Anarchists must not begin acting like the Ultra-Left - those refusing to engage with and act within the real world, preferring only to preach from the sidelines from their own particular Gospel. In order to be relevant, National Anarchists need to formulate opinions on events that happen around us and be ready with a distinct National Anarchist analysis, with tribal solutions to the world's problems. When history moves and nations stand up, National Anarchists need to get behind them - recognising gradualism as well as revolution.

WITHER LIBYA?

Libya is looking increasingly unstable. fracturing along tribal lines. National Anarchists should call for tribal autonomy now and demand the bloodshed stop in Benghazi when the secessionist voice is heard . In Kufra and Sabha autonomy for the southern tribes should prevail. Forward to a Free Tripolitania, Cyrenaica and Fezzan. We must also see autonomy for the Berbers in the west  - the Amazigh flag must also fly.

Secession - European style

South Tyrol pushes for greater autonomy.