Is U.S. Endorsing Tyranny?
Monrovia – Pa Samba Jow, a spokesman for the Democratic Union of Gambian Activists in the Diaspora, struck a nerve this week when he suggested that the United States of America endorsed tyranny with the arrest of Mr. Papa Fall and Cherno Njie, two Gambian-Americans accused of involvement in a failed attempt to overthrow Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh.
“Any charge against any Gambian who is fighting to restore democracy in The Gambia is nothing but an endorsement of tyranny in the Gambia,” Jow told the VOA’s Daybreak Africa Tuesday. The Neutrality Acts were passed by the United States Congress in the 1930s in response to the growing turmoil in Europe and Asia that eventually led to World War II, which sought to ensure that the US would not become entangled again in foreign conflicts.
In charges Monday, the U.S. Justice Department declared that Papa Faal, who holds a dual citizenship and Cherno Njie were arrested in the U.S. upon their return from The Gambia, where they had allegedly helped launch a December 30 coup attempt. The two are charged with conspiring to violate the U.S. Neutrality Act, which prohibits U.S. citizens or residents from taking up arms or plotting against a nation at peace with America. Jow insists that Gambia, under Jammeh, is not at peace with the U.S, citing the imprisoning of two U.S.-Gambian citizens – Alhagie Mammut Ceesay and Ebou Jobe by the Jammeh regime. Mr. Jammeh has blamed unidentified foreign dissidents and “terrorists” for the attempted coup.