At first, I thought I had misheard but, there it was, the professor repetitively said the US President, Barack Obama, was “a crook, a bedbug and a jackal”.
Prof Kajabago Karusoke was giving a public lecture on “Why and How the West sponsors Global Terrorism” at Fairway hotel in the capital Kampala on Friday.
You may need to recall President Museveni calling the opposition “wolves/wild dogs” at the start of this year; his South Sudan ally, President Salva Kiir labelling his rivals as “beaten dogs” and Kiir’s government spokesman, Michael Makuei, reducing white people to “blood-sucking mosquitoes”.
Prof Karusoke, a ruling party ideologue who teaches at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi, did not see the West any differently.
An ideologue is someone who very strongly supports and is guided by the ideology of a particular group; Prof Karusoke, in that light, is the advocate of President Yoweri Museveni’s ruling party, National Resistance Movement’s ideology emphasising nationalism, Pan-Africanism, the quest for social transformation and promotion of democracy.
Some pass Prof Karusoke as Museveni’s mentor (although we didn’t find corresponding documented evidence to this effect) but at least for several years, the reservoir of political science knowledge and philosophy has mentored many a ruling party member.
Cautious not to misquote the learned man, I inquired whether Prof Karusoke had actually reduced the American President to blood-sucking insects on one hand and a carnivorous animal on the other or if it was simply a slip of a tongue.
Why he thinks Obama is “a crook, bedbug and jackal”
According to Prof Karusoke, Obama administration is no different from the Bush administration as far as marauding, looting and plundering weaker states is concerned.
“They (Bush and Obama) are both imperialist crooks,” the Professor was unmistakable.
He cited the example of recent sanctions against Iran and negotiations that US was using as a scapegoat to dominate the Middle East.
On November 24, 2013, the United States and its partners in the P5 + 1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, coordinated by the European Union’s High Representative) reached an initial understanding with Iran, outlined in a Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), that halts progress on Iran’s nuclear program and rolls it back in key respects.
“But Israel has more nuclear power than Iran. America has more nuclear power than Iran and so is Britain and their allies,” Prof Karusoke said.
“It’s because Israel is afraid that Iran’s nuclear can destroy them hence the intervention of America.”
He said the Obama administration was siding with Israel because “Israel is an extension of American imperialism in the Middle East. It is a California of America in the Middle East”.
Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office.
He was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009, re-elected president in November 2012, and was sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2013.
In his foreign policy, he promised to withdraw troops from Iraq which was looted by the Bush administration, sent more 30,000 troops to “stabilise Afghanistan” looted by his predecessor regimes but personally ordered the attack and plunder of Libya under the later Col Muammar Gaddafi.
Named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, it was in Obama’s time that Al Qaeda terrorist, Osama Bin Laden was allegedly killed.
“I can tell you, Obama is a very hopeless man,” the political scientist resumed.
Prof Karusoke further pointed out that now Obama’s government is trying to mend relations with Cuba which US has always regarded as a “terrorist state”.
“American confiscated Guantánamo Bay territory which sits on a 45-square-mile area (117.6 square kilometers) from Cuba. Later they had the audacity to label Fidel Castro a terrorist.”
Guantanamo Bay now houses a detention camp and is regarded United States military prison for detaining “extraordinarily dangerous persons, to interrogate detainees in an optimal setting, and to prosecute detainees for war crimes”.
“While US supported Portuguese imperialists in Angola and Mozambique, Castro supported Africans and we successfully defeated imperialism.”
The same imperialists further labeled the late South African President, Nelson Mandela, a terrorist before turning around to praise him as a peaceful man.
He said American imperialists further rushed to Somalia to grab more land and resources in the 90s but were badly defeated and thrown out.
British Queen is a “political tortoise”
I had not missed this observation either, I asked the Professor to justify why he thought the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, monarch of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations, was nothing more than “a political tortoise”.
Prof Karusoke said it was because Britain had become an appendage of United States.
“What America says is what Britain accepts. All those Bishops of Canterbury are just crooks tied to an imperialistic system. The Queen by being party to an imperialist British system is, therefore, a negative political tortoise.
He said it was under her watch that then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, ensured that British armed forces participated in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.
After the September 11, 2001 attacks on Pentagon, supported initially by close allies (Britain inclusive), and eventually by the wider North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, then U.S. President George W. Bush ordered the attack of Afghanistan demanding that the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden and expel al-Qaeda.
In 2003 still, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq toppling the government of Saddam Hussein and executing him afterwards.
Blair also made sure British troops were at the forefront in the invasion of Iraq.
The Bush Administration based its rationale for war principally on the assertion that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and that Saddam’s government posed an immediate threat to the United States and its coalition allies.
It was still under the Queen’s watch that Blair’s successor, David Cameroon, the current UK Prime Minister, did not only vote in favour of Iraq war but also ordered British troops to participate in the 2011 invasion of Libya.
Cameron said he was “proud” of the role United Kingdom played in the overthrow of Gaddafi’s government.
“American invasions have always been driven by the desire to grab land and resources, nothing more,” says the professor.
According to the Professor, although Britain ruled earlier colonies, US has superseded them and is now the new “layer” in the colonial situation.
“Britain is now too old-fashioned and subjugated both technologically and scientifically. As for the Queen, she is technologically challenged and controlled.”
Western Europe and American responsible for global terrorism
According to Prof Karusoke, Western Europe and America are responsible for the birth and spread of terrorism across the globe.
It started with the idea of Western conquest of Middle East; a territory that belongs to philistines (the reason its called Palestine).
With its capitalistic tendencies, the West tried to subjugate Arabs and grab their land teaching them to aggressively retaliate and defend their ancestral homes.
He alluded to The Suez Crisis, also named the Tripartite Aggression in which Israel invaded Egypt in late 1956, followed by Britain and France to regain Western control of the Suez Canal and to remove Egyptian president Nasser from power.
They grabbed territories of Mt Sinai, part of Syria, then Gaza and West Bank in the Middle East.
“Arabs still believe that Israel should never have been a state. It is now being used by US as a springboard to grab more territory. Property relations determine human relations,” the Professor explained.
He said that as a result of the rich (America) trying to subjugate the weak (Arabs) was born the idea of terrorism as Muslims tried to fight back.
“Arabs begun to organize to save their land from being grabbed by imperialists. When land was confiscated in Palestine, Arabs got ideas to struggle.”
That is how terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab, Boko Haram, The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) and the Levant (ISIL) came about.
He cited the example of Boko Haram in Nigeria where Muslims are fighting against western imposed education.
“Terrorism is a product of America and Western Europe’s imperialism. Unless we banish imperialism, terrorism will continue to survive.”
He said Al Qaeda to which Osama belonged had good intentions but their methods (suicide bombing) were very bad.
“However, Al Qaeda is secondary, it is the confiscation of Arab land by American imperialists that is primary,” Prof Karusoke clarified.
They originally had good motives while struggling for land and power but now turned to the killing of innocents.
Connection between Islam and terrorism
He said the Muslims later started using Islam as a political tool and an economic struggle.
“Islam, Allah are now scapegoats, cover ups.”
The struggle between Muslims and Christians, according to the Professor, is an economic one because “God himself is an expression of materialism”.
He said the NRM with its Pan-African ideology sent Ugandan troops to Somalia to stop “brothers from killing each other” but Somalia based militants, Al Shabaab, reacted by bombing Uganda.
“Al Shabaab just want to have land in Somalia which is being denied them by UPDF. They are now using Allah and Islam (a superstition) to grab land.”
He advocated for a welfare state saying Arabs should use better and peaceful methods of sharing wealth equitably.
US and Al Shabaab
It was also put to the Professor that the US embassies in Kenya and Uganda usually warn of Al Shabaab attacks which later happen wondering how they get the information and never do anything to prevent the attack.
They usually alert their citizens to leave and shortly afterwards, Al Shabaab strikes.
The Professor said: “US has its own interests. They don’t want Al Shabaab to get land in Uganda or Kenya and extend Islam. But, it is not because they are concerned about your welfare or security as a Ugandan.”
“US involvement in Uganda makes us a pawn between Islam and United States. America has no permanent friend but a permanent interest. Uganda should be careful.”
Why we must defeat capitalism and West-American imperialism
Prof Karusoke, a student of Marxism, the embodiment of the ideas of the German philosopher, Karl Marx, says Capitalism is opposed to this concept “because many people want to steal public money and grab land.”
He said America and Western Europe cannot champion capitalism and still claim to be democracies.
“There is no state and no standing army; where there is zero exploitation of man by man.”
He says capitalism cannot provide a moral standing for world civilisation when they are only interested in grabbing land outside their countries.
“We must get nuclear power by all means and defeat America. America has to be defeated for the world to return to order,” he concluded.