Bush in Africa

Posted by By at 27 December, at 07 : 18 AM Print

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I am amazed that in this age and time we Africans continue to get excited by the sight of Western leaders on our streets. I say it is time we cure ourselves of the delusion that Westerners are going to solve our problems for us. President Clinton when he was able to get himself out of Ms. Lewinsky skirt came and smiled his way through our streets, yet he refused to agree to lessen our crippling debt burden. American and Western corporations continue to buy our products at thieving prices.

British Prime Minister Blair when he his not quoting plagiarized academic papers also came to Africa with his ethical foreign policy nonsense while British banks continue to hold billions of Nigerian money stolen by Abacha. A US Treasury Secretary also visited with a musician in his tow playing another Father Christmas wannabe, yet Western financial institutions continue to demand their pound of flesh from poor African states.

A semi-illiterate who stole his way into the White House is now in our land to tell the usual lies and give the same stupid rhetoric his predecessors have been giving since the dawn of time and he will get our applause.

If Bush has any idea about how to solve economic problems why doesn’t he begin by improving his country’s casino economy? If he wants to tackle corruption, is it not appropriate that he begins with Enron where 11 billion dollars vamoosed? And if he wants to give some poor people a break, why doesn’t he start with the homeless and the copeless junkies on the streets of Washington and New York? And talking about democracy, I think that he should start from his own country because the last time I checked he won less popular vote than Al Gore!

I say that it is time African leaders remove the blinkers from their eyes and cure themselves of the stupid illusion that the West has hoarded some cash to be given to Africa after we have met this or that conditionalities.

The West has had over six centuries to make good any claim it has that it was ever interested in our welfare. And what have we had but slavery, colonialism, neo-colonialism, PASCAD, SAP, ESAP and now HIPC? In what way has Africa benefited from her long association with the West? The history of our relationship with West has been that of exploitation, brutalization, and pillage in the interest of West. Europe and the USA have developed their economies at our expense and the wealth that she (the West) flaunts at the world today was built on the callous exploitation of Africa’s human and mineral wealth. I speak with the authority of history!

The sight of African leaders hosting a guy whose entire knowledge of Africa is contained in this moronic expression he made at Gothenburg, Sweden on June 14, 2001: “We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.” is nauseating, at least, to me.

 

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