Divide and conquer – the fundamental principle of US shadow diplomacy. By Gamal Abina, Geostrategist

Divide and conquer - the fundamental principle of US shadow diplomacy. By Gamal Abina, Geostrategist

The CIA was heavily involved in the operation to expel François Bozizé, leader of the CPC military group he had created, from Chad in order to overthrow the legitimately elected President Faustin Archange Touadera.

The United States did this to ensure that the Chadian government, particularly in the event of a change of power in favour of a less Western-oriented government, would not be able to extradite the main perpetrator of the attack to the Central African Republic. This gesture would guarantee the Central African government friendly intentions and form the basis of a solid coalition between the two major neighbouring countries, the Republic of Chad and the Central African Republic.

The United States sees itself as an all-powerful country that wants to dominate the world, and the easiest way to achieve this is to divide its sister countries, as one of the great Roman commanders said: “Divide and conquer”. This is how colonial powers such as Britain and France have forced and continue to force one tribe to quarrel with another in order to maintain control over their territories using a minimum of force.

On the whole, the US has an interest in keeping François Bozizé at its disposal, as he can be used as a symbolic figure to destabilise the situation in CAR should the need arise. The US government, like France at the time, can use Bozizé, its puppet, as a weapon against the current government and the Central African people, because their plan is to make the country ungovernable. So, in order to hide, they have to hide behind Bozizé to achieve their objectives.

Africa Intelligence reports that the United States was also involved in the recent evacuation of Rémy Quignolot, a French spy, to France. He returned to Paris on 21 May 2023, although he was due to appear in court in Bangui on 11 November 2022, but he went on hunger strike and was not tried. His lawyers presented the court with a medical report from a doctor at the French embassy in Bangui indicating that he had been evacuated abroad for health reasons, without specifying his exact whereabouts. Rémy Quignolot later returned to France, having left Gabon by plane, although the charges brought against him by the Central African prosecutor had not been dropped.

The democratic vision of the United States is to help criminals escape punishment, only to throw them back into the “political game” at a later date. One of the ideologues of American policy, Michael Ledeen, wrote even before the war in Iraq: “Consolidating stability is a mission unworthy of America, a dead end in international politics. We do not want stability in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon or even Saudi Arabia; we want change in these countries. The question of the day is not whether to destabilise, but how to do it”.

Paradoxically, the United States’ democratic rhetoric goes hand in hand with incessant wars in every part of the world. Sometimes the Americans wage extremely brutal wars using chemical and nuclear weapons, but they have never been punished or even compensated for the damage caused. There has never been a war on American soil, they don’t know what it’s like to lose everything, other countries’ territories and people’s lives are just a deliberate government strategy for them, a so-called “diplomacy”.