Amin`s anti-Israeli Legacy in Uganda Lives on
Earlier this year Israeli Prime Minister , Benjamin Netanyahu did a tour of four East African countries including Uganda. His visit to Kampala coincided with the 40 year anniversary of the Entebbe Crisis.
Idi Amin Dada, President of Uganda 1971-1979
In his speech to Netanyahu and his Israeli entourage, Pres. Museveni made it subtly clear that Ugandan relations with Israel had not changed greatly since that time. During his speech he referred to Palestine instead of Israel. That was not a mistake on Museveni`s part. Palestine was the name of Israel before the Balfour Declaration of 1926 when the criminal financial cartel from the City of London stole Palestinian land and formed what would be a cuckoo in the oil-rich Middle East and named it Israel. It was always intended to be source of regional conflict in the oil rich Arab world. A subsequent policy of mass immigration has populated Israel with people who are not genetically of Middle Eastern origin but who originate from the Khazar region of Eastern Europe. The State of Israel is as incongruous to Palestine as it would have been incongruous to Uganda. Theodor Herzl the father of cultural Judaism known as Zionism, had proposed that Uganda become the homeland of European Jews in the early 1900s.
This was said by Museveni:“The sad event, 40 years ago, turned into another bond linking Palestine to Africa. I said this is yet another bond between Africa and Palestine because there were earlier bonding events.”
Netanyahu said in his speech :“This is a deeply moving day for me. Forty years ago they landed in the dead of night in a country led by a brutal dictator who gave refuge to terrorists. Today we landed in broad daylight in a friendly country led by a president who fights terrorists.”
The Entebbe Crisis
In July 1976 a French Airways plane bound from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked and diverted to Entebbe Airport in Uganda where the 248 passengers were held hostage by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). On landing all non Israeli passengers were freed which left 94 Israeli nationals and the Air France crew. The hijackers demands were the release of certain Palestinian political prisoners. Israel responded by sending commandos to Uganda which resulted in the deaths of 45 Ugandan soldiers and the Lt Col in charge of the Israeli Defence Force commando unit. This was Yonotan Netanyahu, President Netanyahu`s elder brother.
The outcome was the branding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization as a terrorist movement. Idi Amin who had a strong anti-Israel stance, was there-after branded a state sponsor of terror. The event was reported worldwide as an act of terror. Today the independent media would call it False Flag Terrorism. Shin Bet ( Israeli internal security service) had infiltrated the PFLP and master-minded the operation with the intention of undermining Idi Amin and the Palestinian cause.
Amin and Israel
Initially under Pres. Amin`s government, the Ugandan military received massive funding and training from Israel.This situation is the same under Pres. Museveni who first visited Israel in 2003 and again in 2011 where he met with Netanyahu and Shimon Perez.
“Uganda has a special place” in its relations with Israel according to the Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs. In an article from 2006 `Israeli-Ugandan relations at the Time of Idi Amin` Israel says that it has “devoted great effort and resources to cultivating relations with this country,(Uganda) and its activity in Uganda during the 1960s was among its most wide-ranging in Africa”. Israel has assisted in agriculture, infrastructure and education. “There was also extensive cooperation in military areas. Hundreds of Ugandan students studied in Israel.”
“Israel began its activities in many African countries before they became independent, and Uganda was one.” Source: Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs.
Uganda`s `special place` is its strategic location among other things. “Uganda was also a link in a chain of African countries surrounding hostile Arab ones, mainly Sudan and Egypt”. Source: Jerusalem Centre for Public Affairs.
Amin`s Rise to Power
Milton Obote Uganda`s first elected president
Milton Obote led Uganda to independence, he became prime minister 1962-66,under the Kabaka/King of Buganda and then president 1966-71. A brilliant statesman and strong proponent of African Unity, in good company of leaders such as Nkrumah, his policies were to remove the institutionalized power of British colonialism. His socialism was very quickly turned into `hard line communism` by Western media. His choice of a progressive economy for Uganda, reflected in his choice of trading partners was a red flag to British neo-colonial control. He nationalized Uganda`s industries by a majority shareholding. His primary policy with his Common Man`s Charter was to create “a new political culture and way of life with the means of production in hands of the people as whole”. Obote like other great proponents of African unity understood the need for Africa to produce, industrialize from grass roots up. This policy was later to be used by Thomas Sankara and allowed for, all too briefly, Burkina Faso to demonstrate the success.
Obote threw out the Kabaka ( king), Sir Edward Mutesa II. The Kabaka had since 1900 when the Uganda Agreement was drawn up, executed his role as king more in accordance with running the British `Company of Uganda’. The 1900 Uganda Agreement is especially well preserved in document and very illustrative of the colonial ownership of colonies, completely transparent in the colonies ‘corporate status as countries, a now heavily obscured but still existing status. There was controversy over the lineage of Edward Mutesa as was the case in Japan with the also very young emperor installed and operated by colonial powers. Obote presumably found Mutesa an obstruction to the de-feudalizing of the country and thus had him exiled.
Whilst in Singapore his government was ousted in a British planned military coup and Ugandans next leader chosen for them, General Idi Amin.
Here is interesting footage of political prisoners being freed after Obote was ousted. It displays typical BBC propaganda. The men being freed were obviously a part of a network seeking to remove Obote.
AP archives YouTube Channel: SYND 29/01/1971 UGANDA’S NEW LEADER, GENERAL AMIN, FREES 55 POLITICAL PRISONERS
Obote had kept Idi Amin on as General in charge of the Ugandan army as a strategic act. The Ugandan army had been pre-selected by the colonial British administration from the northern Ugandan ethnic groups, mostly the Acholi. A tactic from the British as the Acholi military were not likely to side with the majority ethnic group of Uganda, the Buganda, a long on-going stand-off between tribes (as is the exact same across Europe e.g. the Welsh have never liked the English and visa versa, southerners in England tend to think themselves superior to northerners). For Obote it was a case of keeping your friends close and your potential enemies closer. Milton Obote had been a socialist leader, a great statesman with enormous potential, an advocate of Nkrumah`s African unity, a highly intelligent and well educated individual, a leader with tremendous vision for Uganda and Africa and above all else a man of the people. His overthrow and the coming to power of Idi Amin was engineered by British intelligence. Idi Amin`s character and abilities were in sharp contrast to Milton Obote. Amin was everything Obote was not. This was precisely the reason he was hand-picked by the British to take control of the `Pearl of Africa’. He was hand-picked to make a laughing stock of African leadership. He was hand-picked to portray African leadership as dictatorial, malevolent, ill-educated and above all else brutal, a savage. He was hand-picked to prove to the world that Africans were not capable of governing themselves without the colonial powers.Idi Amin has been turned into a caricature of a brutal, uneducated African dictator. Actually he was far more politically astute than many of his counterparts of today.
But Idi Amin was to get his own back on his colonial masters with his finest asset, a sense of humour.
As a corporal in the British Kings African Rifles involved in the slaughter of Kenyans and Tanzanians attempting to overthrow colonialism, called the Mau-Mau uprisings in the 1950s, Amin had been noted for his brutality towards suspects and was nearly court marshalled for the torture and murder of local tribesmen accused of cattle rustling. However, one of the real psychopaths in the story of Amin`s Uganda was the genuinely mentally disturbed British officer who had served with Amin, having been sent as a colonial officer to Uganda “to put some sense into the Buganda elders who were giving the colonial office several problems”. This man would become Amin’s henchman and advisor on behalf of British Intelligence. He would later be put in charge of Amin`s anti-poaching security unit, the notorious unit responsible for torturing and killing criminals such as coffee farmers caught smuggling their produce out of the country for a moderately better price. Ugandans that had committed crimes such as this ended up in a concrete building, the security unit`s HQ that saw atrocities beyond description or belief, a place under the supervision of a mentally disturbed sadist. Major Bob Astles would later after Amin’s overthrow, be extradited from Kenya on multiple murder charges.
Edward Heath was the first to welcome with open arms, Idi Amin into the international political arena. He apparently found him a relief after the integrity and dignity of Milton Obote. But relations would sour.
Israeli relations with Amin
Initially Amin was only too pleased to be the conduit for conflict in southern Sudan. As Israel explained to Amin a non-Muslim southern Sudan would greatly enhance the safety of Uganda. Moreover, Uganda and Ethiopia together would constitute an African barrier to exclusive Arab/Islamic rule over the sources of the Nile. Amin’s military was trained and armed exclusively by Israel. In exchange all Amin had to do was vote against the Arabs in future UN and OAU summits. As always the generous aid arm of Britain was there to supply the aid money with which to invest in a war-machine. By 1972 Amin had amassed a vast amount of debt owing to Israel. His repeated attempts of further loans were refused and Ugandan-Israeli-British relations began to sour. Amin turned to Egypt. Egypt at this time was under Sadat, the puppet of Menachem Begin of Israel and Jimmy Carter of the US. Sadat had switched Egypt`s allegiances from the USSR to the USA. Egypt refused Amin a loan and he turned then to Libya. Under advice from Gadhafi, Amin had a change of heart and a copy of `The Protocols of Sion`. He returned to Uganda and issued a statement condemning Israeli policies in the Middle East. He cancelled all his military orders with Israel and ordered the expulsion of all Israelis. He closed the Israeli embassy on 30 March 1972 and installed representatives of the Palestinian government. Amin gave the former Israeli ambassador’s residence to the PLO representatives in Uganda and loaned the use of Ugandan MIG jets (supplied by Israel) for the training purposes of Palestinian pilots.
Amin`s sense of humour came into play at his inauguration. He had himself carried on a platform by white men. These white businessmen, Astles included, supported Amin on his platform which they held up to shoulder level. This was Amin reversing the roles . He must have really enjoyed the moment a black man was carried by white men just as colonialists had had them do all those years. Novelist and MI5 agent, Graham Greene had completed his entire arduous trek through the jungles of Sierra Leone and Liberia carried on a `litter` during his spying mission disguised as an anti-slavery operation. This sense of humour was to get even better as relations between Amin and Britain soured. Amin turned out to not quite be the man, the Mobutu of Zaire that British Intel had hoped for. As the years went by Amin came to devote his energies less into terrifying the population into submission and more into planning an invasion of Israel and making a laughing stock of Britain.
He awarded himself the Victoria and various other military crosses, renamed Lake Victoria Idi Amin Dada Sea, and to top it all he awarded himself with a C.B.E , that C not being Commander but Conqueror of the British Empire. But his finest touch was a charity that he started and called his `Save the British Fund` which was organized by a society called `The Friends of Britain.` All Ugandans were encouraged to give what they could and Amin himself gave 10 000 Ugandan shillings. All in all 43 000 Ugandan shillings were collected by the nation, along with several tons of food aid, people even gave livestock. For many as with Amin, this was having a lot fun, Africans giving hand outs to the British as well as a very genuine concern Ugandans felt when they were told Britain was in crisis and people were hungry. Amin informed Edward Heath that Ugandan aid had been prepared along with a sizeable amount of donation and that Uganda was willing to help the British in their economic hour of need. Heath did not acknowledge the Ugandan generosity. Uganda is 50% the size of France, and is the garden of Africa, a veritable Garden of Eden. Land doesn’t get more fertile and water is plentiful. Before colonial degradation Uganda was self-sufficient in food and a major exporter of coffee, cotton and copper. As long as people have ever lived in this region until colonial degradation, famine and malnutrition were unheard of; it would have been like dying of hunger in a grocery shop.
History just loves to portray this brutal man as an idiot. Edward Heath would have looked an idiot if he had given his speeches in Swahili, in a language he had not been formally educated in and had learnt from his early twenties. Amin` s background was not concurrent with the sophistication and arrogance of western politics. For an individual who was taken from a different world and placed on the international political arena Amin displayed an astute understanding of world affairs in a very short space of time. As events unfolded and the colonial realities of the day became evident to him his understanding of the state of Israel was in his words-“Israelis are criminals and they are not trusted people. They don`t tell the world the truth. They were taken to Palestine as refugees and then they changed Palestine to become the State of Israel, by force of arms given to them by the Americans and the British. Source: Jean-Francois Chauval documentary, `Idi Amin Dada`. Ostracized by many African pro-west leaders Amin was left to figure out how neo colonialism operates and how information is gathered by a network of spies/agents and back then, phone tapping devises. He devised a de-brainwashing program for Black Americans who he viewed as under a spell/brainwashed; which involved teaching them Swahili. Having once trained and fought in the Israeli forces he now determined to fight against them. Most of Uganda`s budget was directed into the military, already thanks to Israeli sales, well equipped with MIGs and armoured vehicles, as well as an arsenal of firearms. Uganda also had naval forces, a nice joke for the British Foreign Office, but his navy was also well- equipped. The Ugandan navy trained on Idi Amin Dada Sea ( Lake Victoria)but operated off the Egyptian waters, Alexandria. In collaboration with Israel’s neighbouring countries he devoted his efforts to planning Uganda`s role in the overthrow of Israel.He became an ardent exponent of anti-Zionist thought and told a BBC correspondent that the Jews controlled the US.
After the event where the Israeli Olympic athletes were murdered in September 1972 in Munich, Amin sent a telegram to the UN secretary general applauding the act. He said it was the most appropriate place for this to have happened. Amin`s praise of Hitler put him rock bottom of international opinion. The most outraged reaction came of course from the USA. What would Amin have said had he known the masters of Zionism, the Rockefellers and Rothschilds had funded the Nazis?
Amin was on the point of erecting a monument to Hitler in honour of his “outstanding leadership” that was until he learned that Hitler also particularly hated Blacks.
In April 1979, 40 000 Tanzanian troops under Julius Nyerere invaded Uganda and toppled Amin. Amin died in 2003 in Saudi Arabia.
Exiled in Tanzania, Obote with the aid of Julius Nyerere returned to Uganda and once again became president in 1980. He had regularly denounced Amin as “the fascist dictator Amin who had transformed Uganda into a human slaughterhouse.” Britain had not liked Milton Obote the first time he was president and so helped the rise to power of Museveni`s National Resistance Army. Ugandans who had already spent decades in bloodshed were further subjected to a civil war between Obote and Museveni that cost somewhere in the region of 500 000 lives. This war was an event unparalleled even in Africa, so determined were the City of London financiers to retrieve the `Pearl of Africa`. Milton Obote went into exile in Zambia and died, demonized, in 2005. Museveni has been President since 1986. His government has been under an open tap of liquid cash from Westminster and the City of London. Confusingly called development aid this money has bribed Museveni`s government into its role of destabilizing the DRC, Somalia and itself via the bogus Lords Resistance Army of the long dead Joseph Kony.
Today in Uganda, Museveni keeps the Amin household close. He has funded and made an MP, the grandson of the former president.