Digiqole ad

The Asante wars and the dangers of contemporary AfroPutinism.

 The Asante wars and the dangers of contemporary AfroPutinism.

My good friend Henry Kwasi Prempeh has come up with the idea of AfroPutinism. It refers to the predictable support that some Africans are giving to the mad Czar and butcher of Ukraine. The support for Putin is entirely predictable but deeply reprehensible. A very long time ago Edward Shils established the tendency of African intellectuals to take a short cut. Ernest Gellner positively established this as a massive confusion of thought and change and an insufficient humanity. There must be a grand theory which explains the criminal actions of the mad Czar and at the altar of this Grand Theory human life is nothing. Russian state disinformation is actively at work supplying these African Fellow Travelers with information. Unfortunately true Political Science does not sit well with dictatorship. The Social Science the mad Czar has ordered and distributed is low quality. In fact it is often a case of all weirdo Conspiracy Theorists unite. When they cite respectable analysts they do so selectively. Thus the mad Czar cites what Kissinger said on Ukraine in 2015 but suppresses what Kissinger is saying about Ukraine today.

The new book on the Asante wars is very impressive. It is only an elementary summary but very well researched and most affordably priced, especially in the electronic form. Reading the impressive book from the perspective of the murderous campaign of the mad Czar what strikes me is the respect for human life even in the nasty business of war. In the Yaa Asantewaa war when the British had been pinned to Kumasi Fort they had no water supply in the Fort. The British and their forces had to trek scores of meters outside for water. The Asante could have sniped at them when they went for water or even poisoned the water source but they did not do that. The Asantes lost Sagrenti war mainly because they had old fashioned munitions. They were using old fashioned gun powder when the British were using the most current bullets. The British had better guns as well, including the latest machine guns and in fact globally significant military inventions were made just for the Sagrenti war. In spite of this massive imbalance many crucial fights in the Sagrenti war was man to man with only bayonet and sword. All the Victoria Cross awards made for the war are analysed in the book. Even before the international law of warfare had been firmed up a major consideration in the award of the Victoria Cross was the application of commensurate force and respect for human life.

Our AfroPutins must be ashamed.

By: Amos Anyimadu*

Digiqole ad

Related post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *