Arab Boogeyman and African Monsters - or ‘The 3rd World dilemma’. (by Slim K; Silence Chihuri)
Don’t get sucked into the hype!! Don’t believe all that’s on the news. The majority of reports are more fiction and fabrication than facts (naturally, it’s more entertaining that way). Its all propaganda. They talk about Africans killing Africans but they never put things into historical context. Why? cause they are Animals? Savages, for NO reason?
They never talk about the companies making and selling for decades.. the bullets and guns being used (remember Nicolas Cage in ‘Lord of War’). Nor do they talk about Imperialism or Colonialism and their effects on the population. Nope. Never. That’s the thing. They create public opinion portraying these individuals, dictators as monsters and then they can justify going in killing millions of people & steal their resources. Africa and the Middle East, was shaped by AND is going through what’s been ignited by the mid-late 19th century Europe.
These Countries never had Freedom and Democracy, much less the freedom and time to develop over the centuries as it happened in Europe or America. Africa and Middle East was and still is under constant rule and control of it’s people, that it became almost part of it’s mentality and behavior. The wars fought and policies forced on Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere has nothing to do with it’s people, bringing freedom and democracy (you’re too naive and perhaps too stupid to get it, the true motives are elsewhere).
And now Iran, Libya.. North Africa’s so called “Arab Spring”, is about resources (oil, gold, opium, minerals etc) and of course control!
Africa today is still as much in problems as it was more than a century ago as the continent continuously suffers and recovers from one disaster only to fall into another.
Natural as well as man made disasters have lampooned the continent in pretty much the same way with the droughts and famine such as endured for years in Ethiopia then Sub-Saharan Africa, and now Niger where millions are at risk of annihilation. We have witnessed civil wars and related conflicts that have culminated in genocides of the sort that have been witnessed in Rwanda, some parts of the Congo, and lately Sudan’s Darfour region.
It might be acceptable for one to say that Africa is like a demonstration continent that is constructed and then demolished, and constructed again, only to be demolished once again. It literally goes on and on in Africa because real countries have gone leaving only the names. There seems to be no permanent or consistent pattern of development and advancement on the continent that is one of the richest in resources yet has the poorest and most miserable people in the world.
The western approach to African catastrophes demonstrates a public relations exercise at best, and an international policy disaster at worst. The reason why the problems in Africa are not ending (rather not why they keep mounting because this predominantly is the responsibility of those in charge of the continent), is largely because the way they are addressed from outside by the west (part of the world community with the best capability to help eradicate them), is mainly on an ad hoc, sporadic, inconsistent and part of a concerted shock response. Such a response terribly lacks in vision, suitability and coherence. What I think is often done is to address the symptoms of the African problems i.e. starvation, disease, squalor, and general inadequacy at the heart of governments that is the brainchild of upside down priorities and dangerous policy formulation.
The main cause of the African downward spiral is simply mal-governance. This may be further branched into corruption, nepotism, dictatorship, shortsightedness, autocracy, plutocracy, the list is endless, but these are all facets that typify most governments in Africa. Some people say that democracies and good governments are emerging in Africa. To me that is simply day dreaming because good governments that have been deafeningly silent while these atrocities are being perpetrated with impunity unto the hapless African masses are to me as equally culpable if not as bad as the perpetrators.
The United Nations remains very ineffective and largely irrelevant when it comes to seriously tackling the real problems of Africa. The UN approach remains softly-softly at best and painstakingly slow if non-existent at worst such that sometimes by the time the UN actually responds to an African disaster it will be simply by apologizing either for too little too late action or for doing nothing at all.