Originally posted by dissident:
Every last one of those dictators you posted have been or are currently supported by the government you're willing to bleed for. I bet you didn't bother to research their funding. These dictators are shills of western governments all of whom are economically or militarily financed by the united states and their allies.
Oh you want some too eh? I'm going to stop your overzealous ass right there. In fact I'm not even going to waste my time quoting your entire post because it's garbage"”straight garbage. If I'm intelligent enough to know who is really responsible for Lumumba's demise I'm smart enough to know there's more to Africa's poverty, barbarism, chaos and strife. What you and a lot of Negroes on this ˜Amerikkka' kick can't grasp is the fact that those dictators would have unleashed genocide on their own people whether the money had come from the U.S. government or Japan, The USSR (before its downfall), China or any other world power. What makes you think these men would behave any differently if the money wasn't U.S. government issue? Don't be so damn ridiculously naÃ¯ve and one track-minded.
Don't blame the inexcusable war crimes these men have committed on U.S. funding. No one forced their hand"”those men didn't have to slaughter millions of their own countrymen. Those men slaughtered their own citizens as dictator after dictator after dictator fell all over each other killing each other and overthrowing each other in bloodless and bloody coup after coup and the U.S. is all to blame. Fucking nonsense. I'm sick and damn tired of hearing about outside sources, whether they be Western or anywhere else, being the scapegoat for the reason why Africans continue to wage civil wars across their own continent.
Though the U.S. has fallen short of what they pledged in aid to Africa the rest of the countries of the world that also pledged aid like Switzerland, Germany, The United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Belgium, and a host of other countries have also fallen short in aid given to Africa, so stop acting like America is supposed to be solely responsible for Africa's welfare. The U.S. has lead the rest of the world in aid was only rivaled by Japan in the billions of dollars in aid given to Africa for a short period of time but the U.S. has regained the lead.
In the last 50 years the U.S. has given 2.3 trillion dollars to Africa But you want to know what happens? Corrupt African governments controlled by power hungry dictators loot Western funds, turn around and hide the funds right back in western financial institutions. Even when the money is recovered it's stolen once again by rivaling neighbors. Once again you can't completely blame the U.S. when many of Africa's leaders are looting and re-looting just as quickly as aid can be given. To sit there and ignore the economic as well as inhumane crimes Africa's dictators have committed is irresponsibly ignorant.
I mentioned several dictators for a reason and that reason is that 200 billion (90%) of Sub-Sahara GDP is lost annually. In 2004, 148 billion dollars was lost to African elites' corruption. In Africa Unchained (2005), Dr. George B. N. Ayittey paints a more gruesome picture of looting in Africa: 148 billion dollars is lost to corruption annually, 20 billion dollars to capital flight, expenditures on arms importation and military hardware cost 15 billion dollars annually, civil war damage costs 15 billion dollars annually, and the remaining leakages cost Africa 216 billion dollars yearly. Africa is retrogressing in wrenching and unmanageable poverty due to corrupt leadership.
Now let's get back to American soil. If the U.S. was such a hell on Earth, then why are millions of immigrants, legal and illegal, breaking their necks on an annual basis trying to get a piece of the pie? If America was so evil, then why has African migration to America increased over 170 percent with Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Ghana having the largest communities? If the United States is so evil, then why has the U.S. provided refuge to hundreds of thousands of Africans fleeing persecution?
If the U.S. is so despicable, then why did Congress reform U.S. policy (The Refugee Act back in 1980) toward refugees facilitating a rise in the number of Africans turning to the United States for refuge that offered new arrivals permanent residence? If the U.S. is so evil why did Congress pass the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986, granting legalization of status to 31,000 Africans living in the country since 1982?
If America is so evil, then why did Congress pass The Diversity Visa Lottery that offered immigrant visas to high school graduates in nations underrepresented in the United States, which became the primary method by which Africans immigrated into America?
If America is so evil why did the U.S. government also establish a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program providing temporary refuge to foreign nationals present in the United States who would be subject to either violence due to armed conflict or environmental disaster of which Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Somalia, and Burundi have benefited from?
As a result of foreign born African immigrants benefiting from a relatively high level of educational attainment they have generated a large proportion of the $3 billion in remittances sent back to Africa annually, so you're going to have to come a lot stronger than that if you really want to get down in this thread. I'll leave you with this:Two observations need to be made about Africa's leadership preoccupation with making excuses for their actions and the blaming of others for Africa's dilemmas: first, by blaming outsiders, mainly westerners much needed energy, time and creative resources are wasted unproductively while attention is diverted away from the leadership's own moral failures. In simple terms, a man who does not address his own shortcomings is incapable of solving his own problems. The vast majority of Africa's woes are easily attributed to internal causes - the problems lie in Africa and the solutions are internal, not external. Second, it needs to be made clear to African leaders that when the West or the East comes to Africa, it is not because they inherently love Africa; but instead, foreign countries and entities come to Africa to pursue their own interests. This is not a case of an African Negro falling in love with a blond, exotic white girl from the western hemisphere. The West will pursue its interests in Africa and elsewhere. As an African, though, I have my own elected officials who should protect my interests. If my leader fails to protect my interests, then he is at fault - I have a right to blame and hold him responsible for his ineffectiveness and not somebody else who is pursuing his own interests in my backyard.