Is Jammeh Attracting Bin Laden’s Attention?
By Pa Nderry M’BaiGambia’s iron hand dictator President Yahya Jammeh is seemingly trying to disembark from the global boat to combat terror and its supporters. The President has spoken again. He calls on Muslims to unite and stand up against any criminal activity perpetrated in the name of “Islam and tackling so called war on terror.” To quote him right, these were the exact words of Jammeh”Fellow Gambians, due to recent dynamics in the international arena, our religion has come to the forefront of current world affairs and has dominated the political situation. In many parts of the world, outrageous criminal offences are being committed in the name of Islam and also in the so called “war on terror” at the expense of Muslims and our Noble religion Islam. Muslims should stop the slaughter of Muslims worldwide under whatever pretext. We must all stand up and defend our noble religion and live by its teachings so that all of humanity can live in harmony, peace and mutual respect. We must fight against Stereotyping and be what we are! Muslims pure and simple living by the teachings of the Holy Quran.Fellow Gambians, the non Muslims should also live by the teachings of their religion and foster Peace and love for humanity and stop waging a futile war against Muslims in General and Islam in particular; as this is also partly responsible for the carnage and human tragedy that we are witnessing today. Insulting Islam and trying to humiliate Muslims would not serve them any useful purpose. If anything, it make this world more dangerous as Muslims are duty bound to defend their faith and dignity at any cost.”Few years ago, Jammeh rallied behind Washington and its allies to tackle terror. His recent statement seems to have changed his position on the global terrorism menance. Critics say Jammeh was out to provoke Washington since he failed to secure the US Millennium Challenge Account funds. The rejection was premised on poor rights, governance and democratic records. Failure to tackle corruption also affected Gambia’s drive to benefit from the said fund. Mali and Ghana have so far been approved for the US fund. The two countries were praised for their efforts in nurturing the Millennium goals. Both Mali and Ghana were supposed to received millions of dollars to pursue their developmental desires, including improving the livelihood of their impoverished citizens.Washington has not yet reacted to Jammeh’s latest statement on terror. But all indications suggest that Jammeh’s blast against the West was intended to please his new Iranian friend. From day one, some of us knew that Jammeh was befriending Washington in a bid to line up his pocket. But what he fails to realize was that Washington don’t patronize despots like him no matter what. America believes in safeguarding the liberties and freedoms of its people and the world at large. If tyrants like Jammeh wants to depart from that democrat culture America would not hesitate to call him to attention. Their action comes in the form of aid suspension. The suspension of the Millennium Challenge Account was just the beginning. Jammeh needs to double up or risked having AGOA, the US trade ties with Gambia suspended one day.Terrorist Bin Laden must be rejoicing on Jammeh’s statement. Bin Laden hates freedom. Anti Western leaders like Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia quickly attracts him. We doubt if Jammeh knows the implications of his speech. It’s very troubling to say the least. We don’t expect a serious leader committed to the war on terror to ulter such irresponsible statements.Hear Jammeh again in this statement”Fellow Gambians, the non Muslims should also live by the teachings of their religion and foster Peace and love for humanity and stop waging a futile war against Muslims in General and Islam in particular; as this is also partly responsible for the carnage and human tragedy that we are witnessing today. Insulting Islam and trying to humiliate Muslims would not serve them any useful purpose. If anything, it make this world more dangerous as Muslims are duty bound to defend their faith and dignity at any cost.Politicians who believe that they can attain their dubious political ambitions by promoting religious hate, racism and violence towards and against other religions are very irresponsible and dangerous criminals that would bring nothing good to their people, their countries, and humanity at large; and such character must be rejected if we and our children are to live in peace, love and prosperity in a world where human beings would relate to each other simply as human beings worthy of respect and trust.”

Jammeh’s diplomatic hypocrisy is getting out of hand. Jammeh is a dangerous soul who can mortgage himself just for the sake of money. The civilized world should watch this monster. Now that he is faced with international isolation he thought that the best way to impress the enemies of the West is to ridicule his former allies on the war on terror. Jammeh should not make the mistake to think we Gambians will subscribe to his empty rantings. Let him tell his crab to Bin Ladin and the Iranian President. We are against terror in all its form and the people supporting them. We don’t mind to be damed for exposing the truth. Jammeh needs to get a life and stop his diplomatic double standards. His statement against the West speaks volumes. The said statement is bound to hunt him in days to come. Let watch and see. Terrorists have no place in the civilized world. They are deadly people who should not be harbored. Terror supporers should be exposed at all cost. God bless America.

Posted on Wednesday, November 01, 2006 (Archive on Sunday, December 17, 2006)
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