posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 03:59 PM
I'm obviously missing out on a big sarcastic joke right? You'd have to be a complete ignoramus to be serious, but I don't hold you in such low
regard. What am I missing- what spawned this, and please say it's a joke of some kind.
Western nations (not only America) have sabotaged Africa politically and economically to keep the continent open to exploitation in the post-colonial
world. We left them with arbitrarily drawn borders which do not represent national identities or the logical boundaries of a nation as determined by
the viability of a nation. This was probably an accident, and the logical conclusion of the political situation between the colonizing powers, but it
is what happened and it sabotaged Africa's future development.
Furthermore, our obsession with enforcing "civilized" conduct on everybody else (when we can't seem to manage it ourselves) has deprived Africa of
the necessary adjustments that a developing continent must make. They need a couple hundred years of unchecked economic warfare. Landgrabs have to be
made, cultures need to be subjected to a national identity, and unfortunately, it may take a genocide or two as well. These processes went unhindered
in the development of Europe and America, and it lead to the formation of stable nations which are defined by possession of sufficient wealth,
defensible borders, and a unified national identity. Not every tribe made it through the formative years of Europe intact. That's the price of
nationalism. But now, it's too late- if you haven't been through the process and formed a stable nation already, we're never going to let you,
which means that many African nations will never have a fitting balance of resources, defensible borders, or a strong national identity.
We aren't helping- we're in their way. At least that part is an accident. The economic problem we pose for Africa is no accident.
Nations in Africa, such as Sudan, are growing tea and coffee- cash crops- instead of food. We tollerate, even support corrupt governments which sell
their people out to Western corporations. Our companies pay the few wealthy land owners to grow cash crops to export to us instead of growing food,
our governments make sure that their governments dont cry foul over this. Now the wealthy in Africa have a bunch of Western currency, but there's not
much food, or much of anything else, to buy in Africa, because everyone is starving- we've pulled their economy out from under them by having their
land owners not grow food. So what do these land owners do? They give that Western currency right back to us, because they have to import many of the
things they desire!
In the end we get a hell of a bargain on our tea and coffee because we are paying governments and the wealthy elite to sell out the populations in
these countries. Its just that simple.
I've got a really insane idea- but I assure you it's brilliant and could work. Let's take our balls and our bank accounts over there and try to
build something mutually beneficial. They've a great big huge market for all manner of construction and development, and we've got a great big huge
supply of capital, as well as the firepower to protect it from any two-bit warlord who thinks he can make trouble for nation-building efforts. It's
so simple it makes me want to throw up on everyone who doesn't want to do it. We invest the cash, they build the infrastructure, and they use all
that to develop new supplies of natural resources as well as new industries, which we can turn around and share in the benefits of then.
The US provides a nice little push to get a couple of things built in a couple of different countries, and gets a share in these emerging businesses.
All of these countries with their newly stimulated industries start to trade, people start making money, investments start generating returns, African
countries gain wealth and are able to repay their debts, etc etc.
What's holding Africa down? 3 things.
1. The arbitrary enforcement of order by outsiders on terms suitable only to outsiders. If we're going to butt into the military affairs of Africa we
need to pick a side- we need to be pragmatic and let the war be won- not just defend the status quo. If anything we should be shaking stuff up so that
it can settle into its natural place.
2. Lack of long-term investment in African economies, owing to the instability created by outsiders propping up a flawed status quo.
3. Short-sighted and predatory economic practices by outsiders. We're skinning them when we ought to be shearing them.
Africa has its problems obviously enough- they've got groups that want to wipe eachother out, they've got drought and famine, they've got AIDS, etc
etc etc. But we're part of the problem, not part of the sollution. Two guys go into a place, the first one cuts somebody's throat, the second one
gives them a bandaid, then the one who gave the bandaid looks to his friend and says "lucky we came along when we did, this guy really needed a
bandaid- there's our good deed for the day.". That's Western business and Western charity in Africa.