Sarcasms that the world has known


In 1915 while Europe was engaged in a tribal war, butchering each other, some of their citizens put to paper what I can only call sarcasms.

They wrote

[]It is the right of a people to rule themselves. And he who violates shall be the enemy of all.

Others had this declaration as a sacred principle

No province shall be transferred from one government to another without the consent by plebiscite of the population of such province.

Even though they were non state actors, I can only think that in referring to populations, they did not refer to Africans, Asians or any other group of people under colonial domination.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

9 thoughts on “Sarcasms that the world has known

  1. renudepride says:

    Absolutely true, my Kenyan brother! What is amazing is that these remarks were made in reference to actions that Europeans had experienced against one another. The Powerful Few directly violated the sovereignty of many powerless individuals. These actions resulted in the Great War itself which saw the masses take action to topple the Powerful Few. Naked hugs!

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  2. Unfortunately, the irony of these statements is lost on far too many people.

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  3. Swarn Gill says:

    Pretty sure it’s no different to the U.S. Constitution stating that all men are created equal…ignoring the fact that society also contains a lot of women, they clearly weren’t talking about black men. Largely, I am sure, this is because most people didn’t see black people as human.

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    • makagutu says:

      It is exactly for this reason I call them sarcasms.
      The French declared the rights of man but denied the same to the Haitians during the slave revolt that was a living example of the lofty dreams of the French republic

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  4. Eric Alagan says:

    Oh but don’t you know, old boy – we’ve to save Africa from the Africans, Asia from the Asians, and all the others from themselves.

    It’s not easy to be a colonial master. The sun never sets and we’ve to sleep with our eyes open.

    And try getting these natives to do some real work. Why you’ll have better luck pushing a fine thread up a camel’s behind.

    You mean a camel’s arse.

    No, no, don’t be crude now. Oh well, chin chin my lads. Time for a spot of tea.

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