|Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 31):|
BS, Africa has had long enough to sort out its issues and can't blame the former colonial masters for the mess they have gotten themselves into today. I think we should cut all aid, close the door and come back in 20 years.
Long enough, what a joke. The west only stopped meddling heavily in the affairs of African nations with the end of the cold war, and since then, it has not stopped entirely. As for cutting all aid, the amount the west (particularly the U.S.) gives to Africa is pitiful, with the majority of that pitiful amount going to Egypt.
|Quoting pu (Reply 39):|
We are each the master of our own destiny, whether we accept it or not. Everyone has the government they deserve.
Except when you are enslaved or relegated to being a second-class citizen with hardly any opportunities for education, job training and are barred from holding any good jobs should you be lucky enough to gain a good education.
|Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 42):|
If you can't see the whole picture, then don't bother me.
With all due respect, it would seem that it is you who cannot see the whole picture. Shooting people who are trying to make a better life for themselves is despicable. For centuries, Europeans left their home countries to settle in others, displacing and killing an incalculable number of people in the process. When the Europeans colonized Africa, they took all the good land for themselves, and relegated the native inhabitants to the land not suitable for growing crops. They practically enslaved the Africans harvesting rubber, mining for precious minerals and building infrastructure that would serve mainly the whites. We literally enslaved millions more, uprooting them from their homeland and sending them halfway across the world to work in the sugar plantations of the Caribbean and the cotton fields of the United States. We attempted to strip them of their centuries-old customs and re-educate them because their ways were "uncivilized." While it is true that Africa was not nearly as developed as the west, before the Europeans showed up, they got along just fine. There were problems to be sure, but the Europeans made them worse by provoking old rivalries and arming the natives with weapons of much more lethal than those previously used. Any notion that colonization was done to benefit the natives is a steaming load of horse you-know-what.