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NEWS: United States Seen As A Savior By Many In Africa

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posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 02:59 PM
Many of the poor and young in Africa are looking to the United States as a savior. While many in the world are debating U.S. actions overseas, many in Africa feel that the intervention is needed in their countries. While France has maintained a presence for centuries in the region, the United States profile has been much smaller.
LOME, Togo - As President Bush visits Europe this week, he is up against a continent brimming with hostile public opinion. But while Americans have grown used to being condemned as global bullies, at least one region has people looking to them for salvation.

For many of the young people who take to the streets in protest in Lome and other blighted, overlooked capitals across Africa, only one distant power seems great enough to defeat the local forces of tyranny: the U.S. military.

"Tell George Bush to send us guns," young protesters screamed last weekend in Lome, capital of Togo, where the dictator of 38 years had just died, only for his son to succeed him by military appointment within hours.

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It interesting to see the other shoe on someone else. France seems to be roundly criticized and blamed even for things they have no control over. Kind of like the criticism that is heaped upon the United States. It is shocking even to me to read that a U.S. flag would get you an handshake and a pat on the back instead of a vulgar gesture.

posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 04:00 PM
Yes, not all think the way of the Europeans. Here's some pictures of Africans protesting about Chirac's military expeditions in the Ivory Coast:

posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 04:06 PM
Guns will be send, both by France and USA on behalve of Elf and Exxon respectively, renewed interest is sparked by the existence of African Oil, wich was generally too expensive to develope from scratch , considering the previously "unlimited" supply from the middle-east.

Many "liberation" wars will ensue in Africa between muslims and christians in about a decade, don't need Nostradamus to tell me democracy is coming soon in an african theater near you....

Thusfar (look at Nigeria) oil in Africa has been a disaster for the average civillans, the poor got actually poorer under the corrupt system of the few ueber rich.

The invasion in iraq was rather a business conflict between usa and france than ideological. Allthough some american patriots would like to portay france as cheese eatin socialist surrender monkeys, the fact is that Chirac is from a right wing party , just a bit less rightwing than BushCo. and don Berlusconi (who constantly complains about the high euro, because his sicillian connections make a lot of money in usa, but have to launder them in expensive euro, not good!)

Chirac just happens to be sponsored by other oil/pharmaceutical giants, competing with usa industry. Have another Vioxx thank you.

Bush in Brussels will be a good oppertunity for USA and France to kiss and make up and settle their bussiness conflict by dividing Africa with a set of rulers, like in the good 'ol colonial days...

but hey, Africans would have tribal squabling without our help anyway, so we might as well grab some resources in the process....

[edit on 22-2-2005 by Countermeasures]

posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 04:09 PM
I can say the U.N troops are not thought of very well in Africa as well. The PMCs that went into Africa often were liked better by the people then the U.N troops.

UN's peacekeeping operations in Africa have been one debacle after another.

I know of one group of PMCs that wiped out a group a thugs that was going around chopping off peoples hands and feet and doing other much worst stuff in bunch of villages. The PMCs caught up to them in a village were they had everyone tied up already and wiped them all out. They were considered heros after that by the people in africa.

posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 04:15 PM
There are many exercises and human assistance programs going on in Africa primarely by the U.S. Military....Joint Task Force Horn Of Africa i(JTF HOA) spear headed by the Marines is a large one that covers an area equal to about half the sixe of the U.S. We are training, units to be self sufficiant and stand there own ground from terrorist and war lords that often "bully" them around. (and there is no hidden agenda, so don't say it)
They are beeing trained, supplied and supervised until they can be capable of standing alone as a unit/village/community.

People always focus on the negative news about the U.S. and deny or ignore the positive things we do, we help far more than we destroy.

posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 05:01 PM
Them most striking thing hits me, Africa is full of resources, from oil, gas, precious stones, and many natural resources.

I wonder where the natural wealth of Africa has gone, why the people die of hunger, famine?

Were the wealth has gone.?

What a shame.

[edit on 22-2-2005 by marg6043]

posted on Feb, 22 2005 @ 05:06 PM
Well the precious stones go pretty much only to Debeers based in the UK. They pretty much have a monopoly on all African Diamond mines so much so that they can inflate the prices of Diamonds at will well above their rarity should dictate.

Emeralds and Rubies are more then ten times as rare but unless of amazing quality worth less then diamonds.

posted on Feb, 23 2005 @ 02:01 AM
European and American governments need to stay the hell out of Africa(or anywhere else for that matter).

As Countermeasures pointed out.....

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