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Frenay, one of those who organized French Resistance
Foundation of Reason and Justice
December 11, 2009
During the Second World
War Philippines, Burma, Demark were overrun by German in two days.
Some armies- surrendered without even firing a bullet. France
was defeated in six months time, this lead to armistice on 22 June
1940. France was divided into two demarcations, the occupied areas
which covered Northern, Westerns areas and the Atlantic Coast. German
controlled two fifth of France.
The French government
controlled one fifth, with the government at Vichy. Marshal Philippe
Petain, its leader rose to leadership through army ranks. The armistice
required among other things that France surrender all the Jews to
Hitler; pay for the cost of occupying Germans forces; reduce its
army to 100 000 and forbid its citizens from engaging in any form
The French people were
not happy with the Germans. Many felt that the Marshal Petain had
compromised. Petain arrested and even executed his own people to
appease the Germans. Patriots who continued to resist the Germans
after surrendering of France were seen as trouble makers causing
France problems instead of the occupying Germans. Petain's regime
arrested many citizens for activities against the occupying Germans.
Henri Frenay, an army
officer resigned from the French government and started resistance
activities. His secret paper, the Combat objectively challenged
French government for compromising and inflamed the spirit of patriotism
in many French people. Frenay and other members of the resisistance
launched a secret army to fight the Germans.
Many of his co-workers
were arrested by the French government, the Gestapo (German secret
police) and many were executed. The French resistance assisted the
allied forces by providing intelligence information to London and
halting the German tanks advancing to Normady.
Though, the then French
leaders saw Henri Frenay and the Resistance movement as threat.
Today leaders of the French resistance movement are seen as heroes
and patriotic. Compromise is a political disease.
There are many comparisons
to draw between the then French situation and the Zimbabwean crisis.
Some leaders of the MDC, SA and SADC may feel threatened by Zimbabweans
who are talking of outright resistance to Mugabe-s oppression.
But I have no doubt history will judge these hardliners as heroes.
Therefore, Zimbabweans thinking of resistance must not doubt. Now
is the time.
The MDC has its strategies,
that may be compromising but Zimbabweans must not stop at that.
ZANU PF is a criminal enterprise. People must rise up, the situation
is desperate. ZANU PF is the enemy of the people, as long as ZANU
PF leaders are still in power, whether in unity government Zimbabwe
will not get right.
What is the way forward?
There are many lessons to learn from French resistance to compromising
Petain's regime and Adolf Hitler. The oppressed people must not
be limited in thinking. So many things can be done. People must
not be comfortable in suffering. Religious or political reasons
must not be offered to calm people in suffering.
People who are in oppression
must rise up against the oppressors. In Zimbabwe many people have
died in the so-called peace time. Mugabe has killed tens of thousands.
Millions of lives have been ravaged - diseases, orphans, cholera
deaths, poverty and demoralization of Zimbabweans are consequences
of Mugabe or ZANU PF-s reign of terror. I will not be judged
wrong to say Mugabe has killed more people than those died in civil
war against Ian Smith (the war before the so-called independence
of Zimbabwe in 1980).
Zimbabweans must be united,
contribute resources, skills for the liberation of the country.
ZANU PF has employed tens of thousands of CIO (secret police) working
in NGOs Churches etc . . . , these are opposed to the message of
resistance or change. Many CIO have been posted to countries such
as South Africa and Botswana. Even some officials in opposition
political parties are working for ZANU PF to suppress the struggle.
Sometimes it-s difficult to know your enemy. But, by their
words and actions you shall know them.
What is unity government?
Unity between the losers and winners of elections! Unity between
masters and servants of the people! Unity between evil and good!
People afraid of suffering will defend Unity Government at all cost.
Shame! Shame! Shame! This world is so upside down that an injustice
can be called justice. Dictators who loose elections must go or
face massive resistance. War is not an old fashioned thing. Principles
of just war must be revisited.
As for me, l will not
accept anything less than total freedom and liberation of Zimbabwe
from Mugabe and his ZANU henchman.
Johannesburg, South Africa.
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