forum. The President of Chad, Idriss Déby, has just died on the battlefield. Since his death,“Friendly Friends” France’s military quality is praised. He was the first person to portray himself as a warrior. In 2008, when he was threatened by rebellion again, he had announced that he was ready to die with a weapon in hand. In August 2020, he was awarded the title of Marshal. The Chadian, his brothers and his weapon enemies, as well as the international actors who, in his opinion, are allies of the “war on terrorism,” all staged themselves in such stages.
However, this alliance is relatively old. Idriss Déby had the support of France when he overthrew Hissène Habré in 1990. During the rebel attacks on the capital in 2006 and 2008, he benefited from the careful and effective support of the French army. In February 2019, the French army left to conduct airstrikes on the rebel column. The military cooperation agreement concluded between the two countries in 1976 has been widely explained.
Behind the attachment to Idriss Déby, there is interest. These interests are not economic interests, but military interests. Since Chad became independent, Chad has undertaken a series of foreign businesses almost continuously, which is regarded as a strategic space. This policy is based on an ideology: the idea of a strongman, who is the only one who can tame the kingdom of warriors. There are many problems with this ideology. This is paternalistic: the French will know better than the Chadians which political system is right for them. It is a culturalist and a racist: Chadians will form a turbulent nation, which should be directed rather than ruled. She is finally sexist: only one man can do this job.
Idriss Déby was never the French. He was able to oppose those who supported him more than once. He is an excellent strategist, able to bluff, exert his unpredictability, and impose himself on the region and Western supporters. He is a failed architect of success.
The fact remains that his allies made his political career possible. His allies deliberately turned a blind eye to the violent elimination of the most threatening opponent (civilian or soldier), risked significant collateral damage, and accepted fraudulent elections. The dominant discourse at the time was: “Idriss Déby is certainly not a great democrat, but no one else can ensure the stability of the country. The strong in Chad seems invincible and immortal.
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