Quote:Not sure I agree with your second, vastly simplistic summation of the history of an entire continent.
Quote:I'm certainly open to hearing the opposing viewpoint.
I’m sure you are, but I shall have to decline your kind invitation. Having been dragged into political and ideological debate over at the Thor board for daring to espouse on the neo Marxist feminist agenda, among others, at Marvel my posts were deleted. I respect the house rules here and the right of opposing views but don’t want to be dragged way off topic again. Suffice to say that when I look at Africa, a continent of some 50 countries I see almost consistent corruption, tyranny and totaltrianism, very little of which can conveniently be attributed to historical events.
I disagree, not only can your tie much of the problems facing modern-day Africa back directly to the age of Imperialism but you take it one step farther and say that the rise of the industrial revolution in Europe and America (as well as Japan) led to this imperialism. If not the need for natural resources, new markets or places for expanding populations, all fueled by militaristic nationalism, there would have been no need for Africa.
The Berlin Conference, like the hundreds of years of the slave trade before it, set the path of the continent for the 20th century and into the 21st. The white colonizers were simply replaced by equally corrupt natives that used their power to subjugate their people. Meet the new boss, same as the old, but the modus operandi was set and patterned after the imperial invaders. Look at the history of Rwanda as the perfect case example. And one can't underscore the negative effects the politics of the Cold War had in Africa. How many times were horrible leaders legitimized and propped up in the name of one ideology or another with no regard of the people? The Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Chad or Mobutu in Zaire are all sad yet perfect examples of that.
The imperialists may have left physically, but they continue to influence these countries today be it economically, socially or politically. I mean look what American Christian evangelical groups are doing TODAY in Kenya and Zimbabwe and tell me if the roles were reversed we wouldn't see this as a near act of war?