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originally posted by: burdman30ott6
a reply to: Xtrozero
I don't think so myself. I think Iran is the most logical next stop, considering the wealth of resources they're sitting on. After that, South Africa may be boiling over and separated enough from the developed world to warrant a visit from the west.
originally posted by: conspiracy nut
Just imagine the flood of refugees when Venezuela collapses. Yes I believe we will have big issues with Central, south america and Mexico. This is our backyard and we should work with their governments to eradicate crime, poverty and corruption. We should invest in them to build up their infrastructure and teach their citizens skills so they can help to build up their own countries.
originally posted by: enlightenedservant
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 usual.
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 century (HERE). 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 countries.
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.
originally posted by: 727Sky
The USA/CIA model of buying a few politicians who they can control seems to have fallen out of favor as the locals have gotten smarter..