(If you are preparing for war, sing peace to fool them)
Campaigning for the 1997 presidential election in the tense sociopolitical climate of the roaring 1990s, a popular line in incumbent PAUL BIYA’s rhetoric was, “if you want peace, prepare for war.” he said so at campaign rallies. his apologists were echoing it.
I was a student of journalism in the university of Buea and moonlighting (part-time) as reporter/editor at THE POST newspaper.
my riposte to the BIYA slogan was an article titled, “if you want war, preach peace”. i said, it was evident THEY were spoiling for war but craftily fooling both their perceived or targeted enemy and international public opinion that they were apostles of peace being drawn, unwilling, into war.
that is what i see resurging, obviously through well-rehearsed war songs assigned to greedy or naïve ” collaborateurs” like… (on social media – you know them here, don’t you?)
In their desperate quest to make the victim look like the aggressor, they confuse feebleminded, gullible people that challenging oppression and bashing the monster-leader are being unpatriotic.
Are you feebleminded?
Are you gullible?
Do you let someone else think for you while you become their megaphone?
Are you an idiot propagating messages sent to you by people using you to amplify war songs they won’t own when things go wrong?
Are you intimidated when they call you “unpatriotic”?
You can see they are spoiling for an intertribal war, can’t you? anyone singing along with them will be held responsible.
*the author, a journalist and political analyst, can be reached at: +237 677897167, 666992044, 693693881, WhatsApp: 656969090