posted on Jan, 25 2005 @ 04:28 PM
I liked the country's old name better -- "Zaire." Just sounds more original.
Why do western countries like the U.S., the E.U., etc., keep their distance from Africa? Well, to be blunt, many of Africa's nations are one giant
@#$%hole, and any attempts to help any number of African nations and their people have backfired in the west's face.
Disease, civil wars, wars with neighboring countries, corruption on a level almost considered fictional by western standards, local economics based on
destruction instead of creation (such as the infamous "slash and burn" technique), terrorism & religious fanatacism (northern Africa faces the same
problems with Islamic extremists that the greater Middle East does)... this all adds up to a complete catastrophe.
Rarely do all of humanity's evils all come together like that, like they've done in many African nations. Where do you even begin to reduce the
catastrophe? Despite the overwhelming problems, the U.S. and many other nations have made great efforts to help different nations at different times
in the past. Huge aid packages, food, clothing, & medical supplies donations, even U.N. Peacekeepers and U.S. military intervention -- all have been
tried, more than once, but with few results. In fact, on many occasions the aid, food, clothing, and medical supplies have fallen into the hands of
the people killing the civilians, not the civilians themselves, just making the situations worse.
In countries like Congo (Kinshasa), Libya and Nigeria, we have dictators. In Sudan, Chad, and Ethiopia, we have Islamic extremists attempting genocide
on the Christians and those who practice traditional pagan African religions in the region. In countries like Somalia, Uganda, and Rwanda, we don't
even have functioning governments -- these are no-man's-lands where rule is based on warlords conquering and ceceding territory on a regular basis,
depending on which warlords are having a good week. Africa as a whole has always had a problem with disease and famine, and the above problems only
make things even worse.
Even in countries attempting to do the right thing -- such as Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, democratic countries who seek prosperity and a good
standing in the international community -- life is tough. The problems from their @#$%hole neighbors oozes into their territory from time to time,
creating additional problems for countries just barely able to meet needs as it is.
Despite our desires to help people, which are noble of course, sometimes you have to face the unfortunate fact that some people are beyond help until
they begin helping themselves. This is true on an individual level, and a national level. Until some of these nations achieve some kind
of stability, and good relations with their neighbors, there is little we can do to help them.
It pains me to see such things, because central & southern Africa especially has the potential to be a bunch of democratic, prosperous, beautiful
countries that would be excellent members of "the western world." But I guess they have to get through their @#$%hole phase first, like the rest of
the planet has. Maybe someday...