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trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even
when they bring gifts.
Virgil (70-19 BC), "Aeneid"
What in the
world is George W. Bush doing in Africa?
Rarely has a
world leader seemed more lost, more ill at ease, than the recent
portrayal of the incumbent U.S. president strolling around in Africa.
While the former
occupant of the White House, William J. Clinton, could boast of
some personal relationships and even empathy with Blacks, Bush has
always seemed somewhat tone deaf when it came to Black affairs,
even somewhat clumsy.
His early campaign
days took him to the Southern cultural battleground of South Carolina,
when the issue of the racist Confederate flag was raging. Did Bush
take a stand opposing the standard that flew against the forces
of the Union? He didn't.
When he was
challenged early in his administration as to his civil rights agenda,
he pointed to Cabinet appointments Dr. Condoleeza Rice and Secretary
of State, Colin Powell, and snickered, essentially, "Here's
my civil rights program."
the Justice Department to oppose the University of Michigan affirmative
action cases then-pending in the SupremeCourt, calling them "quotas."
He seemed to
be doing all he could to placate the farthest right of the right-wing
of his party, and went out of his way to conflict with Black leaders.
From his days
as Texas Governor to his days as president, Bush seemed to not care
what Black Americans thought of him.
Then, he visits
one of the most sacred sites in African-American memory, the last
place many of the martyred millions saw before their horrific trek
into the nightmare awaiting them in the West, and quotes Martin
Luther King as if the two of them
One cannot help
but really wonder, what is this guy doing in Africa?
What the U.S.
seeks in Africa is what nations have always sought abroad - self-interest.
did not colonize the vast majority of the African continent to "help"
Africans (although they often claimed to do so). They leached the
life out of millions, through repression, exploitation, land-theft
and racist terrorism because they could steal the wealth, whether
in labor or resources, of a rich continent.
of the nations visited by Bush) is among the largest exporters of
oil to the United States. Some 15% of U.S. oil comes from there.
In a decade or so, over 25% of oil will come from there.
nations are rich in minerals and other resources, such as natural
gas, diamonds, gold (South Africa is the world's largest producer!),
uranium, manganese, you name it.
Now, do you
really believe that Bush is traipsing through the African veldt
because he wants to "help" them? Or does he want to help
his pals in big business?
Bush is in Africa
for the same reason that he forced the invasion of Iraq for
That's the new
globalism, which is nothing but prettified New Age colonialism,
the unbridled greed of industrial nations for more, and more of
the world's wealth.
Whenever I see
rich and superrich folks like Bush (and those he fronts for) talking
about 'helping' poor people, I am reminded of the words of the British
economist, John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) who once remarked, "Capitalism
is the extraordinary
belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will
somehow work for the benefit of us all."
As the U.S.
economy lurches towards freefall, and as manufacturing jobs flee
south across the U.S. border, as cities and states slash essential
services, does it seem reasonable that an American president will
rush to 'help' Africans when America
faces such serious challenges?
Like a lion
silently stalks his prey is how Bush stalks the African veldt. He
comes, not to give, but to get.
Check out Mumia's
"Faith of Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life
of African and African-American People" at www.africanworld.com
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