The Fight for Africa

March 13, 2012 at 15:07 Leave a comment

In December 2008, I had the opportunity to visit a part of Africa with a team of people for a school-building project in Sierra Leone. At that time, Sierra Leone was the 179th out of 179 in the United Nation’s Human Development Index. (Since then, they have added more countries to their list.) In other words, Sierra Leone had the worst levels of poverty, life expectancy, infant mortality, etc. Given its many natural resources, technically it should be the richest country in Africa. During my two weeks stay there, I noticed the proliferation of Chinese and Arab businesses that were running operations and hiring local people. It seemed like, where the West has failed Africa and treated it like a charity case, the Arabs and the Chinese were finding ways to exploit the resources that seemed to be mutually beneficial to the locals and to the foreign businesses.

As an economist, I realised how interesting it was that the Chinese were expanding their wings relatively unnoticed whilst benefiting millions of Africans. Without a shadow of doubt, handing out food and money weakens people’s ability to create their own fortune. (Dealing with a humanitarian crisis such as famine is a different matter.) On the other hand, giving people the opportunity to create their own wealth (not just money), leaves people with better choices and, consequently, more empowered. Therefore, it cannot be argued that enterprise is far more productive and supportive to Africans than charity.

However, I wondered how would the rest of the West, especially the US empire, deal with the rapid expansion of the new super-power in waiting, China. The Cold War that involved the West and the Soviet Bloc pointing nuclear weapons at each other, like two five-year old boys playing cowboys and Indians, was a disastrous failure. Nonetheless, I couldn’t see how the US will sit back and allow China to grow in stature. As the self-appointed international police force, the US needs something to police. To create law and order, they need to chaos and disorder. Africa, having been continually torn apart by civil war (funded by the developed countries), famine, disease and serious communications and technological infrastructure, is the perfect place for the US-led police force to create a base.

On the 5th March, one of the most powerful viral videos in YouTube’s history was uploaded by a charity known as Invisible Children who work with children in Uganda. The objective of the 30-minute video was to highlight the plight of children particularly in Uganda who have been abducted to work as prostitutes and child soldiers. Within one week, the video had been viewed by 76 million times.

The story that unfolds in the video makes for chilling viewing and certainly pulls on viewers emotional hot-buttons. So, is it a surprise that so many people are backing their cause. However, it’s time to back up. In essence, the film-makers are asking for the US government to send in troops to hunt down Joseph Kony, the rebel leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, for his crimes relating to child abduction. Kony certainly needs to be brought to justice without a doubt. However, given the massacres caused by the Ugandan President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, why is the latter hailed as a new breed of African leader? He is praised for his compliance with the IMF Structural Adjustment. Museveni has now been the longest-standing leader in Africa and is associated with many humanitarian violations. Why isn’t he being questioned for his crimes?

On the face of it, Kony 2012 looks like a good cause. Heck, even I posted it on Facebook when I first watched the video. However, the reality is that it is a totally and utterly massive smokescreen to smooth the way for US forces to enter more African territories on false pretences. Don’t believe me, remember the WMD that was alleged to be in Iraq before the US and British led invasion? How about the lies and deception about 9/11 so that forces can get into Afghanistan? This has led to thousands of young men dying in the name of their country, including six British troops last week. Of course, it makes the mind wonder what colonialists think will happen if innocent children and civilians are massacred as happened on Sunday 11th March 2012 in the Kandahar province. Here’s a video that may help to raise more questions about the idea of more American troops stepping onto foreign soils:

Was is big business. Let me emphasise the point – it is a ‘business’. Those who gain are the Military-Industrial Complex, including the banking sector. Civilians who die in the process are nothing more than fodder or euphemistically called ‘collateral damage’. It is time people began to mature emotionally so that they can stand back and look at the reality of the situation by observing the whole picture and not just one that has been financed by Hollywood (and now by millions of generous donors across the planet). War has NEVER been the solution to conflict. The only people war serves are those who have a financial interest one way or the other. I do not have enough of my questions answered to conclusively state if the charity, Invisible Children, have a genuine interest in the plight of children. But I certainly know that for them to ask for the support of foreign military on African soil is either incredibly naive or incredibly deceitful. In the end, just like how it was concluded that WMD were not in Iraq, the truth about Kony 2012 will reveal itself.

The fight to save Africa is nothing but a stand-off between China and the USA. China has its terrible human rights records, whilst the US has its empire-building agenda at the forefront of its mind. In the end, African men, women and children seem to be a convenient excuse for both empires to use for their own selfish gains. They also are fully aware that the greatest economical and technological development gains in the coming decades will arise from Africa. Therefore, they will use and have been using any means necessary to economically invade Africa. The Arab Springs was a prelude to what is to come. All I can wish for is that the public to realise the geopolitical games being played out by the illusionists. No amount of oil, diamond, gold or land can ever replace the life of a single person. It is time to wake up to that reality.

Love and gratitude,

Harun Rabbani

Author of Shattering the Grandest Illusions

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© 2012. Harun Rabbani. The author gives full permission for the printing and publication of this article on condition that full credit is given to the author, including the website


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