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The Scramble for Africa

Now, I am not going to start exonerating the very mad Joseph Kony, who is really not the full shilling. However, the more one reads the more interesting it all becomes and it would seem that the President of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, darling of the West, “Uncle Sam’s” man in Kampala, is not really a very nice chap either and there is enough evidence to suggest that a lot of the lips, ears, limbs and other bits that are being chopped off of Ugandan men, women and children can be attributed to him. Indeed, as early as March 1989 Amnesty International provided evidence that Musevevni’s National Resistence Army (NRA) had forcibly removed 100,000 people from their homes between October and December 1988 and had committed hundreds of murders while doing so.(1) Still, with the ex-Marxist, Museveni, abandoning his Marxist principles and following the dictates of the World Bank and the IMF “Uncle Sam” is always going to turn a blind eye to atrocities from the man in Kampala although there might be a need in the future for Washington to arbitrate between Kagame and Museveni, who was incidently born in Rwanda, on their clash of interests in the Congo.(2)
The above is only an indication of how complicated it is in Africa, where the Americans want to see both, the Sudanese President, Al-Bashir, and the commandant of the Lord Resistance Army, Joseph Kony in the Hague; granted they are not nice people and Kony alone has been indicted on thirty-three counts by the ICC. However, it is not quite as simple as that and with the Chinese building a pipeline in the Sudan, Al-Bashir being tried for war crimes would make the way clear for the West to directly intervene in the area. Moreover, with Kony out of the way the last obstacle would be removed to America getting its way in Northern Uganda and “Uncle Sam’s” man in Kampala, Musevevni, could extend his power base to the Sudanese border. How he does that, does not, of course, interest the Americans in the least as long as “Uncle Sam” can put pressure on Khartoum and we, might, indeed see a total ethnic cleansing of the Alcholi and Langi peoples. In the meantime, it shouldn’t take much for the Americans to get Kagame and Museveni bury the hatchet and then they can use their hatchet man, Nkunda, to either force Kabila in Kinshasa to bury the DRC’s $9 billion deal with China to extract minerals in North Kivu or get buried himself.
It would appear that that “Uncle Sam”, the IMF and the World Bank will be around in Africa for some time to come and as long as they are, the continent will suffer from weak governments and divided peoples, the area will be raped of its wealth and China is not going to have it easy securing the raw materials it needs to fuel its growing economy. Finally, of course millions of Africans are going to continue to die.
1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoweri_Museveni
2 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3170451.stm

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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

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