A coup d’état in Mali! Without surprises. Because predictable in many ways. Only ECOWAS didn’t see it coming. And, as everybody knows, it doesn’t have a sense of prediction, either memory.
By Dr. Pierre Franklin Tavares *
The conjugation of facts was simple: in the past perfect. How, do you ask? First of all, without any single drop of blood being shed. No slaps were given either. No insult heard. Then, because every protagonist was dignified: the joy of the population, without any vengeance spirit despite the shooting last July 10th and 11th, where 11 people lose their lives and 140 people were injured; the mutineers, calm and confident about what they were doing, and a ruler arrested but fair and without resentment. A troubled prime minister, with a weak and absent look. The sackings in cities have not been intense and just for a short period.
“In the African coup d’état classification, this event is a real textbook case”
In the African coup d’état classification, this event is a real textbook case. We even could say that this was an elegant and even pleasant coup d’état. A little-noted fact is perfect and characteristic: the protocol of the simultaneous arrest of the president and the prime minister was any different from the state protocol. Congratulation to militaries! They have done a worthy coup d’état from beginning to end.
“If IBK has listened to Malian people, he would still be president and not in detention”
The execution of a plan is an art, tèchné, expertise. Sun Tzu talks about strategy. This coup d’état was “perfect” but also conjugate to the past perfect. In a general way, on a related issue, the past perfect qualifies the link between two successive actions, but one is before the other, and this last one is already past. One example: “If IBK has listened to Malian people, he would still be president and not in detention.” But tired because of his health, badgered by his own most passionate people, he preferred to listen to his prime minister and his son, who don’t understand the combination of factors. Govern is not only predict as we usually say but know how to join. That’s why with mischievousness, Bossuet, tutor of princes, insists on time science and, in this case the politic time science. The past perfect describes the anteriority of one action to another past action. But what interests us in this case? The previous action is the series of ordered, pacific, and great demonstrations under the leadership of the M5, who, in 3 months, make the government lose all credibility. The IBK’ state was an empty shell. The past action is the quite IBK’s regime change by officers. In other words, officers have been able to proceed with class only because people complete the regime’s end. Militaries found a dead government and put it into a grave. A flawed regime from the beginning. Because we mustn’t forget that from the start of his term, IBK fails, confusing family and institutions. As the republic’s president, he had the incredible weakness of electing his son’s stepfather to lead the national assembly. Family and state were joining from the beginning. Consequently, corruption creates wealth for a little part of the population, impoverishing the immense majority and reducing the army to a complete disorder. The state has been privatized. From that time, the republic was a stillbirth.
“The people and the militaries of Mali have shown that Mali’s fate will be decided in Mali now”
The president and the prime minister realize that only when they get arrested when everything was over for them. Militaries didn’t topple a regime corrupted from the inside, notably the clan’s blunders and raving with at its head the spoiled son. Even the immature prime minister thought that Emmanuel Macron would choose him to be the next president. The people and the militaries of Mali have shown that Mali’s fate will be decided in Mali now.
In aggregate, we can qualify as “perfect” this coup d’état. But in what meaning? Gabriel Naudé, forgotten author of Considérations politiques sur les coups d’état, decline a classification from the trivial coup d’état to the perfect one. He defines the perfect coup d’état as one where the regime change involves people as leader, essential, and determinant. The Malian people’s direct participation change a trivial coup d’état into a perfect political achievement. That’s why ECOWAS doesn’t have any solution but to admit it as it is. Even if it was petrified initially, it finally recognizes the accuracy, skill, necessity, and elegance. The president Ibrahim Boubacar Kéita understand before this institution the nature of the coup d’état.
“Another Mali seems to rise, which will stop the hidden partition in 4 countries. And that’s what must be saluted! “
In Mali, a revolution is ongoing. And as deputy Isnard, formidable in debate during the French Revolution in 1789, said, “people revolutionizing are invincible.” Another Mali seems to rise, which will stop the hidden partition in 4 countries. And that’s what must be saluted! A new era begins in int the west African night. Woe to he that doesn’t understand!
*Pierre Franklin Tavares is a french philosopher and politician born in Dakar 19th January 1956, with origin from Cape Verde.
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