Please do not allow attention seeking despots like Samsudeen Sarr and others to use your credible forums as mediums of expressions for their ignorant and stupid, illegitimate propaganda of defending an idiot like Yaya Jammeh.
Is it not the same Samsudeen Sarr who was trying to play double game on 22 July 1994 in order to fool the soldiers for his own selfish interests?
Is it not the same Samsudeen Sarr who Yaya put in Mile Two Prisons for ten months of horror in which he was tortured and cried like a pussy?
Is it not the same Samsudeen Sarr who was fired and forcibly retired from the GNA at the rank of Lt. Colonel and ran to America and sought asylum?
Is it not the same Samsudeen Sarr who wrote a book in which he chronicled Yaya Jammeh’s autocratic and cult jungle government and hulled all kinds of insults at Yaya Jammeh?
Yes, this same Samsudeen Sarr, who look more like a taxi driver in uniform than a soldier, only attended one worthy military course which is the Infantry Officers Basic Course. For clarity, this course is the first course that all 21 year old Infantry Second Lieutenants in the US Army attend. Yet, this Samsudeen Sarr calls himself a retired colonel and an expert military man with decades of military experience when actually he is nothing but a fired Lt. Col. from Yaya Jammeh’s rebel army. With his meagre military training and experience, Samsudeen Sarr would not have even reached the rank of a Major in a modern military.
Samsudeen, you are simply what the Wollofs called a “fly that lands anywhere that is wet”. You are a disgrace to your family; a simple nonentity with no morals in his blood.
Samsudeen, true soldiers are trained to fight other soldiers on the battlefield but not to fight non-military and unarmed civilians. You are just like those worthless Generals and Colonels in the GNA who beat and kill civilians in The Gambia in the name of Yaya Jammeh. Few years ago, you were going astray in the streets of New York until you decided you are now tired of all the hard work in America, you had to come back like a slave to beg Yaya the killer for mercy. He in turn humiliated you on TV in front of all Gambians and then gave you a job. Now you are writing long boring essays of praise songs for a worthless despot who the whole Gambia have despised. There is a lot of freedom in America, Samsudeen the asylum seeker who sought asylum in America has now turned 360 degrees and even writes shit, criticizing American government’s democratic principles while at the same time praising a ruthless killer dictator who has no place in modern civilized society.
You really think the ragtag Gambian Army will stand to fight for Yaya Jammeh who evacuated his family away against the highly trained and professional Senegalese Army? Didn’t the Gambian soldiers learned in 1981? You think the Senegalese have not trained and modernized since then? You are a fool and an idiot for even imagining so?
Does GNA have any special forces elements? Does GNA have airborne troops? Are there any jets in The Gambia, or are there any transport and attack helicopters in the GNA arsenal? Don’t you know there is a difference between fighting against highly trained professional soldiers and fighting against unarmed and non-military civilians?
I know for sure that Senegal can conquer The Gambia within hours when given the green light. They have not done so since because of the restraint and patience of the mature civilian leadership in Dakar.
Go ahead and continue writing all your blunders, you will be dealt with in due course whether in America or The Gambia.
Editor’s Note: Several readers had personally called me complaining why I gave space to Samsudeen Sarr, the subject of your rebuttal, in The Echo. The Answer is simple— to promote a divergence of views about that sacred territorial microcosm we all call home—The Gambia!
If you question our sanity to allow Sam’s views here, you must obviously also, question our legitimacy for carrying Samsudeen Sarr’s most toxic articles about and against Yaya Jammeh in numerous pages here. His book, Coup D’état By The Gambia National Army is probably the locus classicus of Yaya Jammeh’s harrowing authoritarianism. No book had rendered a devastating blow to Yaya Jammeh’s tyrannical regime than has Col. Samsudeen Sarr’s text above, and our archives are a testament to that and you probably read the text yourself. So, as journalists, we also help preserve the record positive/negative, good /bad, pleasant and not-so-pleasant, for the history books to remember.
Besides, if you know me very well, you know damn well that I have no respect for the Gambian despot, Yaya Jammeh; a leader who routinely threatens to bury his citizens 6-feet deep; a monstrosity of incalculable mediocrity and above all, a character of irredeemable brutality whose kleptocratic disposition had destroyed our economy.
I hope you heard me?
E. G. Sankareh-Editor-in-Chief