posted on Jun, 21 2018 @ 05:46 PM
originally posted by: Blue Shift
I was thinking Africa. There are some very important technology minerals there, and they're important enough that the superpowers might want to start
cleaning up that continent in order to guard against shortages. Get rid of the warlords, establish some puppet governments... you know, the
Please look into the "Scramble for Africa
". Europe did what you're saying from the late
1800s to the early 1900s and there were untold atrocities along the way, including the Belgian atrocities in the Congo & first genocide of the 20th
. All of Africa's current countries except for Liberia and Ethiopia
were conquered by Europe during that time period (Liberia was already a US vassal state and Ethiopia defeated the invading Italians).
But in response, from the 1950s until 1980, there was an entire branch of the Cold War which is commonly called the "Decolonization" period.
Throughout Africa's branch of decolonization, there were constant violent and nonviolent revolutions that forced the European colonizers out of
virtually every one of those African countries. There is literally no way the US would be able to accomplish another "Scramble for Africa".
To be real, this is exactly why so many African countries are getting closer to China. I won't go into the full history
(though this link gives a pretty good summary
), but this constant
push by the West to conquer African countries is still fresh in African minds. China, on the other hand, typically stays out of African domestic
affairs, doesn't try to preach about hypocritical moral crap to African countries, and instead simply works on mutually beneficial deals with African
In fact, one of China's overt goals in Africa is to build strong allies there during the process. They want
African countries to get strong
economically and militarily both so China can have better trade partners there and so the BRICS nations can be even less reliant on Western countries.
In fact, I not so secretly suspect that there's another massive ulterior motive for China wanting to build up African countries, but I'll keep my
suspicions to myself on that one.