Every political dictatorship – brutal regime, has its conscious facilitators. There’s a clear element of conspicuous and conscious complicity. The brutality cannot be squarely blamed on the single individual at the top alone. The brutality is a syndicate. The degree of complicity notwithstanding, everyone involved in it is an accomplice.
The individual at the top of a political dictatorship, in some, if not most cases, is just as a victim of the system as those the system wantonly victimises and brutalises systematically.
All brutal regimes are facilitated by people who are heavily vested in their existence and continuity. Such regimes are facilitated by people who are beneficiaries – who benefit from both the entrenched structural strengths and weaknesses of the system. It’s such people, who benefit economically, financially and otherwise from the brutality of the regime, that facilitate and viciously defend its existence.
The person at the top of a brutal regime – a “dickheadship”- otherwise commonly referred to as a “dictatorship”, a transmogrification [bastardisation] of “dick” – English – and “tête” – French for head and “ship” – reference to stewardship – is a captive of the vested interests of the system.
Such individual like Paul Biya, at the top of a brutal regime – a “dickheadship” – hardly knows what is being done, perpetuated in his (it has, so far, historically been men presiding over dictatorships) name through the ranks of the regime.
The brutality is, in most cases, sanctioned and supervised by those around the individual, merely a figure head – a walking zombie like Paul Biya – who rarely has any control or effective authority over such individuals and the general state of affairs carried out in his name.
Brutal regimes like Paul Biya’s in the Cameroon, are controlled and administered by a cabal of vested interests, usually who control all economic activities of the country. People who use national wealth and resources as their personal property and for purely personal aggrandisement.
It’s people who carry and are dominated by a mindset that it’s only fair that they try to get their way in to the “eating” table – get as much of their “pound” of national “flesh” as they possibly can – who will have no trouble tearing the flesh of their own kith and kin apart.
“Show me the incentives and I will show you the outcome” Charlie Munger
This is the phenomenon of unimaginable human greed that is at the heart of the brutal regime in the Cameroon, but the same phenomenon that is playing out in much of the troubled and conflict saddled Africa.
All brutal regimes in Africa, as is similar anywhere, are facilitated and defended by men and women who – due to their own heavily vested interests, who are cosseted by such regimes, who feed off and benefit from the brutality meted on the people – consciously lost their conscience. They come in all manners, they come in all garbs, official or otherwise. They often pretend to be more “patriotic” than the people they and the regime they consciously facilitate and defend, brutalises – who they call all sorts of dehumanising names to justify and defend their brutality. They, consciously or not, are engaged in the brutal practice of weaponising of dehumanisation.
The people who carry out and execute orders, commands either from the individual at the top or the brutal cabal – the inner circle of brutality – around such individual, are everywhere, in our midst. Some pretend to be respected or respectable individuals with grand official titles.
Paul Biya in the Cameroon is not personally carrying out the atrocities perpetuated in the country. He could be much in the dark of what is happening, the genocidal atrocities perpetrated in the Southern Cameroon, as he possibly could be the one who is sanctioning and/or ordering it, presumably in his name and capacity as the head of state.
Because, I like to think Paul Biya is a victim and captive of the brutal cabal around him, whose main preoccupation is to protect their wealth and other vested economic and political interests. He’s just a figurehead president maintained for the interests of such brutal cabal.
But this is precisely what is everywhere in Africa – the prevailing phenomenon – where entrenched greed of the few in and with power, driven purely by personal [private] interests and nothing in terms of collective national interests, who are in government and control and run government to perpetuate and protect their interests.