When The White Man Dies in Africa

September 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Mainstream media has been gripped this week by the events unfolding in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Most people will only really know of Kenya as a place where cute short little people run  fast over long distances, and as a place where you can go on eco-holidays to spot Lions in their natural habitat, or if you’re really rich you can even go hunting for them instead (Lions that is, not people).

But Kenya has also been getting itself heavily involved in neighbouring Somalia’s troubles for quite some time now. In fact it’s just under two years since Operation Linda Nchi began, an operation involving the militaries of Kenya, France, Somalia, Ethiopia and (of course) the US. Linda Nchi entailed a military invasion of southern Somalia in pursuit of Al Shabab militants who had allegedly kidnapped some foreign tourists and aid workers in Kenya. The trigger point was the kidnapping of two Spanish aid workers with rumours pointing towards Al Shabab, but in all reality Kenya had been planning such an exercise for well over a year with co-operation from her Western ‘Partners’.

So from that alone you can probably surmise that Al Shabab have been around for a bit, and they have been seen as a significant threat to Kenya since their inception . They were designated a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organisation’ by the US in 2008 and have been at the heart of the ongoing violence in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. I won’t claim to be an expert on them or of the politics in the region, but what is clear is that for some time now innocent people have been dying. In just two days in August of 2010, three hundred people were killed in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Yes, that’s three hundred. But they were all black, all African. So it wasn’t really big news.

Now though Al Shabab are all over the news. In retaliation to ongoing Kenyan military operations in Somalia, they launched an attack on a shopping mall. And this is BIG news. Firstly, the attack has happened in a country of enough relevance to Westerners to actually care about. If it happened in Somalia, it would merely be just a footnote in time and history. But it’s happened in Kenya, a place where white people regularly travel. And worse still, we find that white people actually died in this attack. That immediately doubles the attack’s score on the International Media Richter Scale.

Of course I disagree with Al Shabab’s methods of retaliation, the people being killed are civilians after all. There’s no excuse for such a disgusting, vile act and there’s no place for it within Islam either. The stories emerging of people being told to recite the Shahada or die are horrific, they are an insult to Islam, an insult to everything it stands for. But equally disgusting is the coverage afforded to this event when compared with the coverage afforded to attacks, whether by Al Shabab or otherwise, in Somalia. The message this sends out is that the black pirate-people of Somalia are an irrelevance, an acceptable loss. Whereas our long-distance running friends in Kenya with their pet Lions, tourists and defence contracts with Western nations are an unacceptable loss. Couple that with White people being killed and it’s clear to see why the International ‘Community’ is having a mini heart attack.

Today David Cameron called for an emergency meeting of Cobra, Britain’s national emergencies committee after it emerged that six British people died. Quite what they will discuss is beyond me, it’s a curious case of locking the stable door after the horse has bolted. The signs have been there for all to see for so long now, with Kenya, the US and even Israel expanding military operations in and around Somalia, and Al Shabab not really enjoying that fact it was painfully obvious that something was going to give.

But don’t worry white people, it is the top priority of the US, UK and Israel to ensure that all white people visiting Kenya to see those Lions will remain safe. Expect to see increased military co-operation, maybe a few more foreign military bases, new arms deals to bolster the Kenyan armoury and perhaps even a fleet of drones hovering above Mogadishu. Expect a few thousand black Somali deaths (never civilians, always militants), maybe a few brave Kenyans will die in the ‘fight against terror’, but definitely no more White deaths.

When a black man dies in Africa, the world goes on. But When a white man dies, the whole world stops.