Originally posted by KSPigpen
Reply to post by Aeons
You are absolutely correct that Africa was also a very big deal. A reservist friend of mine, (O-2) offhandidly complained to me a while back that we
'didn't know what we're doing in Africa.' It surprised me. Up until then I had no idea we were IN Africa. Your post sounds very dark and that
makes for a lot of interest. Care to elaborate any?
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Allowing and encouraging the pirates to create chaos over the Horn of Africa is a strategic maneuver, and has help hide (and at one point expose) the
route that Iran is using to get resources.
When Afghanistan failed to pan out the way that Islamists were hoping they moved down to Somalia and the Sudan. Since then they've ramped up their
The fighters can be found online to be quoted as specifically stating that their governments are getting in the way of the setting up of an Islamic
state in Northern Africa. All the way over to Mauritania, and down to middle of the continent.
There is a couple of routes in and over the Horn of Africa. Unlike what most people think, Africa is full of resources. Resources that some nations
further North - like say Iran - need and want and don't have. The main problem with getting those resources is the same thing that makes getting
some of them in a black market fashion good - the total lack of security and the political instability and the corruption of the upper class.
Al-Qaeda is fighting a war in Northern Africa, and they are doing it much better than anywhere else. This is bad for the Arabic nations in that they
want to be the seat of power for a Pan-Islamic Empire/State/Economic Block. It is good for them, in that securing Africa's resources and stabilizing
it under a very harsh regime would give them all the power they could ever dream of, and a continent of men to use as soliders.
Its an Arabs/Persians dream - billions of black men to use and throw at anyone they please.
Cutting off and controlling any of those routes for trade or transport in North Africa, could be a decisive factor in quelling the voices against
Al-Qaeda of the Maghreb and those in the Horn.
Further, people are always under the assumption that any of these nukes will fly from the middle east into the middle east.
But I doubt that is the case. Too nasty, too close together. Too many other serious problems would arise for any of them. China, Russia, probably
won't respond well to a nuke going off in their vicinity. The USA is the least of the middle east's problems if they choose to set off a nuke.
They don't share the same land, sea, and transport base.
But people would only cry about one hitting Africa. They wouldn't do anywhere near as much about it.
Plus you could use the radiation to drive transport out of an area for a good number of years. Cutting off important trade routes for the World in a
"if I can't control it, you ain't gonna get it" move.
Anyways. That might be worst case scenario, which I'm not sure it quite where it is at yet.
I doubt what is happening is obviously decisive. It may however speak to the character of what is too come.
Nobody ever seems to wonder - what would the World be like if suddenly Africa found a powerful unifying force? What if that force is just starting to
show its brutal self, and is starting to harden up its control for economic purposes. Because it sure ain't just for religious ones.
What is the World if Africa suddenly is something way different than it was just not that long ago? Something more stable, and perhaps way more
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