Tribes and tribulation 6

What is happening in the Ivory Coast, and why is it of interest to us?

Steven Plaut answers both questions in a Front Page article:

The most important aspects of the crisis in the Ivory Coast are being overlooked or deliberately disguised by the Western media. One can read media report after media report without discovering the basic fact that the Northern Ivory Coast “rebels” are Muslims. Indeed they are Muslims who by and large entered the Ivory Coast as infiltrators, through borders that are poorly patrolled, from neighboring countries. A better advertisement for stronger border control cannot be found. At least four million illegal immigrants, mostly Muslim, entered the Ivory Coast during the past two decades, tilting the demographic balance there.

And these Muslim infiltrators and interlopers, increasingly backed by African, French and Western powers, are challenging the control by Ivory Coast natives over their own country. The sufferings and violence in the Ivory Coast may well illustrate what awaits Europe if it continues its own demographic suicide and if it continues to flood itself with Muslim immigrants.

The Ivory Coast of today, or Côte d’Ivoire, is essentially a bi-national state, although each “nation” is in fact a collection of tribes.

This is true of almost all African states, including those of the Arab north. Tribes remain the important units of African politics. Some of them share the bond of Islam with the Arabs, but in the Arab mind there is a sharp division between them and non-Arab peoples regardless of their religion. To the Arabs, the others are inferior, fit for domination, or extermination, or slavery.  In Dafur, for example, the people killed, raped, tortured and dispossessed by their Muslim Arab compatriots are themselves Muslims.

The native tribes of the Ivory Coast were not Muslim when the territory became a French colony. Plaut outlines the history:

Built upon a territory that had once been home to several tribal statelets before the era of colonization, it fell under French partial control in the 1840s, and became a formal French colony in 1893. French is still the official language spoken there, in addition to many local tribal tongues. The French hung around until 1960, when the Ivory Coast became independent. Once independent, the country was one of the most prosperous in Africa, thanks to its large cocoa crop. The country has been politically unstable since a coup in 1999 and a civil war that began in 2002.

The background to the civil war and the current constitutional crisis is the massive in-migration of Muslims from the countries neighboring the Ivory Coast, mainly from Burkina Faso.

Now there are two “nations” in the single state: “the northern ‘nation’ is Muslim; the southern ‘nation’ consists of Christians and other Non-Muslims.”

The infiltrators settled in the northern half of the country, and also in pockets in the south, including in some neighborhoods inside the country’s largest city, Abidjan. Today Muslims, including illegals, are almost 40% of the population of the country (although Muslim and other sources claim they are really considerably higher), the remainder being a mixture of Christians (mainly Roman Catholics) and animists. …

The current political standoff in the Ivory Coast is largely a Muslim-Christian confrontation. The “rebels” represent the Muslims of the country, especially of the north, and in particular the “aliens.” They are led by Hassan Ouattara, whose parents were evidently illegal immigrants into the Ivory Coast from Burkina Faso. Hence he personally illustrates and epitomizes the “alien” character of the “rebel” forces. An economist who once worked for the IMF, he calls his rebel militia the “New Force.” The “government” forces represent the indigenous and traditional non-Muslim Ivorians. Their leader is the current President (or, if you prefer, “president”) Laurent Gbagbo, a one-time university professor, who has been the official head of state since 2000. He claims to be a socialist and anti-imperialist. The government claims that neighboring Muslim states have intervened in the civil war on the side of the Muslims.

France, the erstwhile colonial power, other Western powers, and the poisonous UN*, have interfered on the side of the in-flooding Muslims.

Civil war broke out in the country in 2002.  The “rebels,” whose support base is the Muslim north, challenged the “government,” whose power base was the non-Muslim south.  Atrocities were committed on both sides. Each side accuses the other of using mercenaries.  French military forces in the country participated in some of the fighting, increasingly on the side of the “rebels.”

The elections that were to have taken place in 2005 were postponed repeatedly until 2010, in part at the initiative of the UN.  A power-sharing arrangement between the two main sides in the conflict went into effect in 2007 but did not hold for long.  None of the forces in the country seemed to want new elections to be held, since electoral forces were evenly matched between the two halves of the now “bi-national” state.  When they were eventually held in 2010, Gbagbo lost by a thin margin.  But he refused to accept those results as conclusive and compelling.  Aside from claims of widespread fraud, Gbagbo insisted that the victory of the party of Ouattaro was entirely thanks to the votes of the millions of illegal immigrants participating in the election!

So much for democracy. But it surely should be obvious that democracy cannot possibly be instituted where the nominal “nation” is a loose collection of tribes.

Other African countries, led by predominantly-Muslim Nigeria, have been backing the “rebels.”  A number of African countries have called for armed intervention on the side of those “rebels.”  After a period of respite, violence began to escalate a few weeks ago.  New Forces, now renamed the Republican Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (RFCI) have been beating Gbagbo’s army in the field, took the country’s capital city, and are now holding parts of Abidjan.  Gbagbo is under siege in his headquarters and expected to fall any day now.

In fact, according to Reuters today, President Gbagbo has been captured by the French –  and handed over to the Muslims. Our guess is that he will not have an easy time of it now, whether he lives for a while or soon dies.

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the battle zones, seeking refuge in neighboring countries, especially Liberia.

The conflict is too complex for a simplistic assignment of forces into categories of “good buys” and “bad guys.”   There are solid bases for skepticism about the true commitment to democratic rule by either side.

Indeed. Should it be a surprise?

Nevertheless, the conflict in the Ivory Coast shows what happens when massive illegal immigration leads to the demographic eclipse of a native population The same Western powers so ready to strip the Serbs of their heartland to create a second Albanian nation-state in Kosovo have been unwilling to sustain any nation-state for indigenous Ivorians, and indeed have backed the aliens.

But the even more obvious lesson from all this is the instability of “bi-national” states and the impossibility of preventing them from morphing into killing grounds.  This should have been obvious from the experiences in Rwanda. …

Can even well-established democracy survive where Islam comes to stay and proliferate?

Massive Muslim immigration is also transforming Europe demographically, in ways strikingly similar to the influx of immigrants into the Ivory Coast.  France, Belgium, and other parts of Western Europe may soon find themselves the European Ivorians, the “Other,” the stranger and disenfranchised inside their own home countries.

Right. We are watching the decline of the nation-state, a return to tribalism (even in Europe), and the slow but steady growth of Islamic domination over all the continents.


* About 1,000 people in Duekoue, Ivory Coast, were killed between March 27–29, when the area was controlled by Muslim forces, while there were 1,000 U.N. “peacekeepers” based there to protect the local – mostly Catholic – population.

  • Guest

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  • Ralph

    Is Israel the only western style republic not threatened by Muslim immigrants? If so why?

    • Jillian Becker

      Ralph – you probably know all this, and I’m not sure if this is the answer you’re looking for, but just a reminder:-
      In the days of the mandate, Arabs (mostly Muslim) poured into Palestine as the Jews developed the country and created employment opportunities. Many of those recent Arab migrants into the area are now called “Palestinians” and claim to have roots there “from time immemorial”.
      The PA has been demanding that all the millions of descendants of the 700,000 or so Arabs (mostly Muslim) who left Israel in 1948, intending to return when the Arab armies had conquered it which they never did, should be allowed to return. Obviously if Israel permitted them to, it would be the end of the State of Israel.
      Israel is, as we all know, also threatened with annihilation by the Muslim rulers of Iran.
      If you follow the link to the article we quote from, you’ll see that the author fears that Israel could suffer the fate that has befallen the Ivory Coast. But that’s unlikely in the foreseeable future, really. Israel can defend itself.
      It has a Muslim Arab minority, enjoying more liberty and civil rights than other Arabs do in any of the surrounding Arab-ruled states.

      • George

        You’re right Jillian and by the same token where are the so-called African-American black leaders here in America to speak out against these attrocities by the Muslim infiltrators into Africa ? Jillian , you know I’m a black conservative atheist and yet in our American prisons , black men are converting to Islam in alarming numbers. In Africa , the continent was originally taken over in the Northern regions by the Muslm invaders then followed by the Chrristian invaders and yet so many of my people ( black people ) have been so brainwashed , bribed and threatened into embracing both Christian and Islamic theology . This is why we as an ethnic group continue to remain in the horrible conditions of which we now thrive. We cannot advance when our collective mentality is enshrouded in superstition and waiting for some Supernatural Space Ghost to protect us and take care of us. It’s mind boggling. If Europe doesn’t take a drastic stance upon the Muslim invasion and prevent the collective takeover of Europe , then Europe is finished . If we here in America don’t wake up and speak out against the Muslim “TAKIIYA” tactics then our nation and society is doomed. Yes, I’m politically INCORRECT and proud of it.
        I have been asked how did such proud and great societies worldwide become such pacifists , wimps, and weaklings to allow their respective great societies to be taken over and vanquished ? It is because the idea of “ultra tollerance ” caused various societies to let their collective guard down and then the invading societies used their ultra-tolerance to exploit, oppress , enslave, and anihilate the peaceful societies. We had better stand up and get tough worldwide or we are finished. This world situation is getting more and more serious and these barbarians are bent on taking over the world and bringing world society down and back into the 7th century .
        If we don’t stand up and get tough then our freedoms, free enterprise, technology, and advancement is OVER, FINISHED, DONE , HISTORY !!!!!!!!! Jillian , the f***ing world neeeds to wake the %$#@ UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please pardon my sounding so hard core but people worldwide had better get their act together or every continent on earth will be eventually kneeling on prayer rugs and our modern societies will be cast back into the stone age . Semper Fi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Macnvettes

        I really don’t like arguments for who owns land based upon who lived there historically because then, by logical conclusion, American Indians should own the U.S. It would mean that the outcomes of wars or financial dealings have no relevance. History is only helpful in determining a line of transition of ownership of land, not in determining who should own land based upon earliest occupancy.

        • George

          Not only that but much of history has been revised and revised again . Also, historical archives and ancient libraries have been destroyed as well. The exploitative conquerors of many socities have routinely destroyed the records of the conquered societies and taught that which the conquering dictators and rulers wanted the people to know or believe. Sometimes what has been commonly accepted as truth has been determined to be false and sometimes what has been often passed off as falsehood has in some occassions has been found to be true.
          One must learn how to decipher truth from falsehood and it becomes extremely hard because we must often determine the validity of our sources of information and if there is any agenda or ” ax to grind” behind the information that we receive via media and academics.