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Originally posted by SirMike
Africa is a paradise that has been fouled by millennia of tribal fighting. Expecting anything significant to change barring some cataclysmic outside event is wishful thinking at best. Odds are African tribes will still be cutting each other to pieces with machetes in 200 years over some 1000 year blood feud even when no one can quite remember what its about.
America works because people leave their tribal identifies (not their cultures, their identities) behind when they come here.
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
I really wish people who don't know a damned thing about something, wouldn't speak up about it. Seriously. Europe.s history in the last century has seen more brutality and "tribal in-fighting" than the entire continent of Africa in the last thousand years - your scale.
Much of the infighting in Africa can be directly attributed to Europe, via colonial policy. Here's a good one; find the smallest, least-organized tribe in your colony. Give them money and weapons and tell them they now rule all the other people within several thousand square miles. Welcome to a British colony in Africa.
The African Union is growing in influence. The main impediment towards such a concept is the business interests of Europe, America, and China, that deliberately cause and exploit strife and dictators in order to maximize profits. Take Shell out of Nigeria, and it would probably end up a pretty nice place, for instance. Take nestle out of Gabon, and who knows, the children there might have a future. And let's not even talk about the diamong, gold, and other mineral industries.