Admittedly, things in the Guineas aren’t all the rosy these days. With the recent assassination of the president of Guinea-Bissau, the attempted assassination of the president of Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Conakry being ruled by a military junta (is there really a better junta?) since the end of last December, one has to wonder, what on earth it is about having ‘guinea’ in your name that screams instability?
Turns out it happens to be (as it often is) the case that foreigners are messing about in a medley of Guinean issues and for some reason, it seems to be the British who come out on top as getting the most giddy when it comes to foolin’ with things. It’s true that the whole thing in Equatorial Guinea with Simon Mann actually involves a South African of British descent in the case of Mann, but I’d still call Mann, British. I wouldn’t say it to his face as he’d probably beat me to a pulp using just his ears (he was an SAS soldier), but it’s still true. Of course, there is little to debate about the fact that the guy funding all of Mann’s exploits was Mark Thatcher, the son of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Why? Oil. Lots of lovely, flowing, happy oil, which Spain is currently enjoying a great deal of access to.
Oh, but this wasn’t the first British incursion in to Equatorial Guinea. For some reason, Frederick Forsyth was actually part of and funded the 1973 failed coup that became his book, The Dogs of War. While definitely strange news, it only came back to popular knowledge recently as Forsyth was in Guinea-Bissau when the president was killed. The Englishman obviously realized that his nationality and past in the other Guinea might make people wonder as to why he just happened to be around during another upheaval and left him making the following statement:
I can assure you I had nothing to do with the coup d’etat.
Of course, there has been no coup to date, just the assassination which will now make way for elections within the next 60 days and dictate a great deal of the Guinea-Bissau’s future. Maybe they and the other Guineas will get a wee bit more stable if particular British nationals manage to stay away from them for a bit. You’d think that Britain was suffering from a case of USA-itis with all this getting in to other peoples’ sovereign nation affairs stuff.