The above featured image is of Massinisser’s tomb.
Here is a point of view of an Algerian about the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Algerian independence on 5 July 2022.
It is loaded despite the traumatic ‘bad time’ years, with disillusionment in the light of going through the country’s long history.
One would be inclined to, therefore, look around the country today, probably whilst gritting one’s teeth and wonder: “Why are we repeating history?”
Authoritarianism, nationalism, tribalism — extreme inequality, generalised corruption, social breakdown, and above all rising demagoguery at all levels.
We should have learned from history, but did not, but we must not forget our past out of a duty of remembrance towards ourselves and our history, at the same time, we must move forward, dispassionate debates to channel all energies on the construction project (at a standstill since the Corona) of the democratic path.
All peoples are equal, evil usually comes from illegitimate powers, rarely from peoples.
Nations resemble those flocks that shepherds, more clairvoyant, more often less, lead wherever they want.
Let us stop lamenting our fate and take our destiny into our own hands. The corsair brothers transported thousands of Andalusians fleeing the Inquisition to the Maghreb. These rescue operations seduced the Algiers who, threatened by the Spaniards, forced the Emir in place to call on Aroudj (pronounced Oreutch please) to defend them from their ex-servants. As a result, the Turks are not being prayed to assault the capital with all the armada of the Reïs in support and the sustained acclamations of the population.
And, to perfect his “good deeds”, the son of Jacob de Lesbos, the rescuer of the Andalusian settlers, (descendants of whom turn into the Algerian so-called “Black Feet”) strangles with his own hands the local Emir and takes his place for his own and descendants’ ruling for three centuries…
The victimhood status we have won ourselves has played many tricks on us since the Roman conquest.
In the wild, predators are attracted to weak or isolated prey. We must have the courage to acknowledge our responsibility, somewhere, in these repeated tragedies. An invader chasing the previous one; we came to suffer the serial invasion of seven empires.
Carthage, Rome, the Vandals, Byzantium, the Arabs, the Ottomans’ successive Deys, and finally the French, all have in a little more than thirteen centuries except the era of the great kingdoms of Massinisser, Jugurtha, and those more fragmented Berbers before the Regency left a mark.
All this time spent uncluttering the sandals of these gentlemen and providing them with lodging and food, among other things, shows our chronic inability to unite, to organize ourselves into a respectable nation-state capable of confronting any would-be intrusive armies and sending them back offshore.
Finally, and with all due respect to some poorly documented tellers, it was not the Regency that created Algeria as an independent state, let alone France, but the Berber king Massinisser who, the first, succeeded in the unification of the kingdoms of Numidia (Western and Eastern regions) and consecrated this historical event by the establishment of state institutions in the image of Roman politico-administrative structures. Unification was however lowery sabotaged later on by Rome and its vassals which included the grandsons of Massinisser, the great Aguelid king.