The Worst Political Moments of 2013

The Death of Marat - Jacques-Louis David (Dramatised)
2013 was a heavy year: it was plagued with storms, bloodshed and political turmoil.
Without further ado, please find below the most unfavourable political events of this year.

Worst Political Moments of 2013
The African upheaval
In Mali, Ansar al-Dine (supported by AQIM) hijacked the MNLA's cause prompting Operation Serval; in CAR, Séléka (a predominantly Muslim rebel group) deposed President Bozizé in a coup and henceforth threw the country into a bloody chaos; in Nigeria, Boko Haram stepped up its terrorist activities and even crossed into Cameroon, Niger and reportedly into CAR. In Kenya, Al-Shabaab attacked the Westgate Mall signalling its evolution from a domestic terrorist group to a transnational terrorist organisation; in DR Congo, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF, an Islamic rebel group with ties to Al-Shabaab) secured mining activities for their Sponsor State to finance terrorist operations.
In Niger, the MUJAO carried out suicide bombings against "the enemies of Islam in Niger" (a military camp and a French-run uranium mine); in Chad, there was a failed coup that, if successful, it would've benefited the Islamists there; in Tanzania, radical Islamists have started to attack the Kuffar and non-Muslims with acid, in Zanzibar. In Mozambique, a sudden disruption woke up the memories of the civil war and menaced the country's economic and social development - external forces have interests in hampering Mozambique's progress.
Yet the world's attention was diverted to the events in Egypt and Syria mostly; because Heaven forbid the media to admit Islam is waging a war against Christianity and, by proxy, against western values. But if the "poor" Africans were starving to death with flies landing on their lips and skin, they would've been all over it.

The EU-Israel Crisis
Last July, the EU issued guidelines barring the 28 member states from cooperating with Israeli entities in Samaria & Judea, Golan Heights and East Jerusalem.
The EU, as a political body, can't bring itself to create jobs for Europeans; it pays the salaries of people, in Gaza, who haven't been working for 6 years; it revealed its utter incompetence in dealing with the Egyptian and Syrian crises; it faces a real Jihadist threat within its borders and a dramatic change in its demographic make-up; it has dangerous asylum policies (that render its borders porous)...and yet it is more preoccupied with printing directives that (in their mind) will hurt Israel.
When Israel responded assertively, the Europeans explained the guidelines were not binding. This begs the question: if they're not binding, then why issue them at all - which government were you trying to appease; the usual suspects?

The British Face-off
PM Cameron wanted the British Parliament support a military strike against Syria, last summer - or so he claimed. However, his own party stabbed him for having pushed the same-sex marriage bill without consulting the people and in spite of the Tories' position on the matter.

The American Show-down
The Snowden-File was embarrassing (not so much for the information he thinks he leaked but) because it exposed the fragility in the American vetting process in certain national security sectors. It made it seem like America has an open flank.
The Republican party's role in the Government Shutdown was beyond pitiable; because it wasn't based on political strategy but on the obsession to bring down a president elected twice by the American electorate. Furthermore, the GOP - with its lack of vision (and blindness) - incurred the risk of going from Grand Old Party to Grand Obsolete Party.

The Celebration over the Iranian Nuclear Deal
It was awkward to watch Catherine Ashton celebrating the fraudulent deal with kisses and hugs (and a nod to the Iranian FM), knowing very well that she wants to topple the Ayatollahs. The sceptics were right: according to Lignet, an IAEA official has already admitted that "he has deep concerns about his organization's ability to thoroughly monitor Iran's actions under the interim Geneva accord." - without which the deal is practically null and void.
Iran pretended that it was allowing the West to slow down its nuclear programme. The West pretended that it was falling for the Iranian fraud.  A good dose of pretension can be beneficial but an overdose is pernicious. Who'll pay the price in the end?

South African Government's incompetence
South Africa hired a fake sign language interpreter who didn't even have security clearance to stand next to heads of state. Instead of admitting they were wrong and incompetent, the Minister of Disability said "I don't think South Africa as a country would put at risk anybody's security, especially those of heads of state." and "In terms of security clearance that is in a process, we are requesting to check his vetting." Typical communist language.
Note that Minister didn't say "We are checking his vetting process" instead she said "we are requesting to check" thus suggesting that now that the harm is done and no political leader was actually assassinated, why bother? In Mozambique, in the communist era, when they told you "Estamos a estudar" (We are studying the matter) it was the same as saying "forget about it". The ANC is an incompetent party, an incompetent government, and now that Nelson Mandela disincarnated all gloves are off.

2013 was a tough year. We wonder what else 2014 will bring?

Comments

  1. Hi Max, interesting review! Was hopping that you referenced role of China at consolidation of its position in geopolitics and strategy which in my vision will perhaps be the key (with all its pros and cons). Its interesting how a communist country is acting economically like capitalist ones..... for instance buying strategic companies and acquiring knowledge always keeping in mind their own trade balance (energy, electronics, chemicals, cars and moulds you name it....) yet an almost silent giant. Yes almost the cases that you present have something in common which is : Africa and terrorism. Unfortunately, Africa, is an sort of "easy ground" to deploy terrorist acts, corruption, smuggling, slavery, drugs... e.g. Bissau, where drug dealers have an Heaven... But it is not just an African problem, as i stated before, these are all around us and worldwide focuses priorities; Until a certain level of awareness isn't achieved these problems will spread as metastasis; Personally i don't see it as a geo or faith problem, but as a mentality one. All the best Gallardo

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    1. Hi Gallardo :D!

      Thank you *bowing*. The role of China is not the worst thing that could have happened in this world, this year - thus, it could not be included in the list. Nevertheless, we do acknowledge its not-so-positive role in global diplomacy.

      Communism, per se, is dead. It is a failed system in economic terms and China has realised it in the 80's (+/-); this is why is the giant it is today (although a fragile giant because its grandness depends on foreign investment and creativity mainly). Cuba is starting to realise the mistake communism is. Yet both want to keep the political system to control people, to suppress dissent, and mainly to enrich a very few members of the party.

      You are right, Africa kind of exposes itself to terrorism and all sorts of organised crime activities due to its widespread corruption and inability to relinquish the "communist" behaviour and drop the colonisation trauma. African leaders need to change, Africa needs to change...otherwise they will be forever in a vicious cycle.

      Outstanding comment, G! Thank you ever so much for your input :D. Loved it.

      Cheers

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  2. To me the worst moment was Madiba's death, the world lost a true revolutionary. Of course, the situation in Africa is also upsetting but Mandela's death really shook me to the core!

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    1. Hi Celia :D!

      It was? I see...so, the ordeal in CAR, Nigeria, Mali, Kenya, et al, was not the worst that happened; Mandela's demise (a man who had been sick for quite a while) is? I understand where you are coming from.

      Why did his death shake you to the core exactly?

      Celia, thank you so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  3. Well, some sycophants will call it the worst political moment in India, but most Indians think that it is the best thing that could have happened. The Indian National Congress, the GOP of India received a drubbing in three states and in the Union Territory of Delhi. The small victory in one small state simply got lost in the massive drubbing that it received. Read my post on Shut Down.

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    1. Hi Rummy :D!

      You are right, it is the best thing that could've happened in India ;)
      The Indian leftists must be squirming in their seats, so for them it may be the worst political moment of the year...

      Rummy, thank you so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  4. You don't seem to believe that PM Cameron wanted to support the US in regards to Syria last summer. Britain has been a true ally to the US so I don't understand what could possibly have given you that idea!

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      Did I say that? :)
      Well, read how PM Cameron dealt with the whole situation and draw your own conclusions...

      Anon, thank you ever so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  5. LOL LOL that signer was a hoot!! I never laughed so much to tears as I did last week, come on! On a serious note though, his has an awful record and it was dangerous to have him near Obama or even the chief-rabbi; I think he was there to perpetrate a crime against either of these but who placed them there? The ANC is a communist party, corrupt and oppressive...who asked them the favor? Great job, Max! Let's hope next year is a better one, but I'm not feeling too positive about it, but I want to though.

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    1. Hi Pietr :D!

      lol He was.
      I am inclined to agree with you - the CIA should look into it, quietly.

      Thanks, Pietr; and let's hope that 2014 reveals itself to be a bit better :D. Stay positive.

      Cheers

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  6. I think there is a problem with this template, Max. This is the third time I am trying to leave a comment with no success. Anyway, the worst moment in 2013 is the European Hitlerian behaviour and the revival of anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism; another worst of the year is Roger Waters' stupidity and outright racism.
    About SA, I agree with the voices suggesting that South African was part of the plot to assassinate Obama and then blame it on the schizo; but they didn't count on him "seeing" the angels coming down and warning against the troubles he would get, did they?

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    1. I didn't have any probs leaving a comment, Mike. Maybe something on your side?

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    2. Hi Michael :D!

      I will report it to Blogger - if it occurs again, please let me know.
      I agree with your worst of the year. Roger Waters is a despicable little human - I feel sorry for him...nearly.

      LOL Did you believe in that angelical scene?

      Mike, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  7. Hahaha that dude in South Africa was funny as hell! I remember looking at him and think WTF!? I'm not buying the whole schizophrenia story but I am not sure he was there to kill Obama either, but it is strange for a dude with no security clearance to be there, right? And then some Indians accuse the Americans of being picky when it comes to diplomatic conditions and security, they are right from where I'm standing!
    It was a tough year and you did a brilliant job, Max.

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    1. Hi Adam :D!

      He was. It is very strange indeed; and it all points to a serious security breach. SA has a lot of explaining to do although they are in utter denial.
      Agreed.

      Thank you *bowing*.

      Ben Adam, thank you for your input, mate :D.

      Cheers

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  8. The EU is a leftist pad filled with anti-Semitic folks, even though there are good people there as well. Ana Gomes, an Islamist lover, is always against Israel and then in end says "But Israel has the right to defend itself" from what if she keeps siding with the very people who threaten the Jewish State? She's a ridiculous socialist and I want to know which Arab is paying her! This was my worst of the year, Max. SA is the same crap. May 2014 be surprising cause politics right now is boring as boring can be.

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      Quite right you are. Do not get me started on Ana Gomes, please...*nodding*
      LOL you think she is in an Arab payroll? You kill me!
      Let's hope politics get more interesting next year; there will be a lot of issues to cover at least.

      Ana, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  9. Max, my worst political events were the ones in Africa, obviously; then the EU-Israel Crisis (it will backlash though, the EU will regret it) and the Iranian deal that is a joke! Today Iran threatened to enrich uranium up to 60%, I mean what kind of behaviour is this after having signed a deal? If they are reacting then we should be alarmed, cause since when do Iranians react?
    Loved this article, darling, just loved it!

    Tchau

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    1. Hi Celeste :D!

      Great list. You ask a very good question for the Iranian behaviour forewarns about what is to come and we must be ready for it.
      I am glad you loved it *bowing*.

      Celeste, thank you ever so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  10. NGOs are political instruments never doubt it, Max. That is why I got it when Putin passed a bill outlawing NGOs in Russia. Israel should do the same cause most NGOs are funded by the enemies of Israel.

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    1. Hi Carl :D!

      I do not doubt it at all. I agree with you on Israel; but either way Israel wants to pass a bill charging a 45% tax to those NGOs that are sponsored by certain nations.

      Carl, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  11. I think the Iranian story stands out of them. Here is one country which till the other day was a publicly rogue country and today, it stands in the coveted league of friendly nations of the US. We don't know the real story behind the lines, but as everyone says nature or time have on its own checks and balances with the definition of evil depends on from whose shoes you are defining it. Anyway to end 2013 in an optimistic note we also do hope the Palestine-Israel issue also one days buries down to give a better future to the people of both the countries. And yes Russia is also slowly warming up over a long icy lull post USSR fall and it will be interesting to look at its policies in 2014 as well as the shrewd and stealthy Chinese manovures.

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    1. Hi Kalyan :D!

      You have a point about Iran...let's see how it will all go down next year (there is a lot of water running under that bridge).
      The Palestine-Israel issue will be eventually solved only not at any cost.
      I agree with you on Russia and China (although the latter is antagonising everybody in Asia).

      2014 will definitely be an interesting year.

      K, thank you ever so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  12. Hello there, Max!

    Just dropped by to say 'Merry Christmas from the Philippines!!!!!' ;o)

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    1. Hi Abelle :D!

      I don't celebrate Christmas but thank you for your wishes :D.

      Cheerio

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