26.03.2024 Author: Mikhail Gamandiy-Egorov

The Western fiasco in the Sahel

The Western fiasco in the Sahel

After the successive failures of the French regime in the Sahel region, it is now Washington’s turn to feel the true feelings of contemporary Africa. And this, both at the level of the new patriotic and pan-African governments and at the level of the popular masses. The time of illusions, when some might have thought that Washington’s policies could be different from those of European colonial metropolises, is now a thing of the past. Confirming once again the decline of the collective West, both in the Sahel itself and on the African continental scale as a whole.

After the breakdown of military cooperation between the authorities of Niger and the Washington regime ‒ the latter is really helpless. Indeed, Washington was not yet accustomed to the sensations that its French vassal experienced and continues to experience on the African continent. Naturally, and as in the case of Paris, the US regime considers Russia guilty of all the ills suffered. But the fact is that the Americans will probably have to leave Niger, which Washington still considered in the recent past as one of its main allies in the Sahel and Africa. Whether the US regime likes it or not.

With regard specifically to the Sahel region, it is quite funny to observe the reaction of the French political and media pseudo-elites. The latter asserting to Washington that it had made a mistake by trying to use a “soft approach” after the Nigerien authorities showed the French troops the exit door. And this after Paris has already felt the humiliations in Mali and Burkina Faso, without even addressing previous failures in other countries on the continent, including the Central African Republic.

From now on, the French vassals are proposing to the Washingtonian boss to concentrate on joint Franco-American base projects in West Africa. Although it is fair to say that these are dubious projects. Yes, there are still some representatives in Africa who continue to clearly bet on the collective West, thus placing themselves in the camp of those nostalgic for the unipolar era. Except that there are fewer and fewer of them. Not even to mention the fact that the said representatives have less and less legitimacy among the popular masses of their countries. This means that potential projects for joint Franco-American bases in West Africa constitute a big question mark. And even assuming their implementation, for how long? Overall, this is a more than dubious attempt to keep these Western regimes afloat – while actively trying to confront Russia and China on the African continent.

Of course, the French vassal’s little barbs against Washington are partly understandable. Given that anti-French sentiments in Africa have reached unprecedented heights – although it is fair to say that this was the case long before, simply after the patriotic military and politicians of many African countries clearly decided to act in unison with their citizens and their expectations, the process has therefore intensified considerably – Washington have tried for a good while to distance itself from the failures of its European vassal.

More than that – for a certain period, Washingtonian interests attempted to ride the wave of the anti-French sentiments – to gain points for themselves and pave the way for their own interests – with the aim of taking full advantage of patronage on behalf of the collective West on the continent. Obviously – patronage on behalf of the Western bloc was obtained – after all Western regimes had completely fallen under the tutelage of Washington – but despite this, the latter was not able to seriously gain assets in Africa.

In other words, for the planetary minority represented by Western regimes which, in the fairly recent past, considered itself the absolute master of the African continent, in full conformity with its neocolonial logic, the failures not only continue at the present moment, but will certainly continue for still a long time. De facto, the observed processes are only gaining momentum, and the out of breath West is already in total hysteria and hatred – both towards its main geopolitical adversaries and towards the new authorities of a number of African States having decided to rely on sovereign development, on truly pan-African values, on the multipolar world order.

Generally speaking, there are very few pro-Western puppet regimes left in Africa today. If countries like Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger – together forming the Alliance of Sahel States (Alliance des Etats du Sahel, AES) – are today leaders of the most decisive and bold measures with regard to the Western minority, South Africa, Ethiopia and Egypt are already BRICS members. Many other African countries are also affirmed allies of the international multipolar order. And then there are those who are betting more and more on multipolarity. More precisely, having already chosen it, without however breaking all the interaction threads with the West – by choosing, so to speak, a gentler scenario.

The main thing being, of course, that the countries of the Sahel, represented by the member states of the AES, have dealt a colossal blow to the arrogant, hypocritical, criminal and neocolonial global minority. Confirming and consolidating the failure not only of Paris and Washington, but also of the entire West as a whole. This is clearly the merit of the citizens of these countries and their authorities. As well as their allies as the main defenders of the multipolar world order, led by Russia and China, of course. The West will surely try to launch counterattacks, using all the instruments of destabilization still available in its arsenal. But the Sahel and Africa are ready to face it. This means that in the near future, supporters of a multipolar world will achieve even more victories.


Mikhail Gamandiy-Egorov, entrepreneur, political commentator, expert on African and Middle Eastern issues, exclusively for the internet journal “New Eastern Outlook

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