Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hillary Clinton traipses through Africa

Hillary Clinton has just started traipsing through Africa where she will be visiting Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, and, to show support for three nations recovering from conflict, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia while also stopping in small US ally Cape Verde. Of course, the eleven day trip is to emphasis Washington's support for democracy in the region. What drivel and more interestingly is that there are no American bases in any of the countries she is visiting apart from the one in Kenya and those in the small but strategically important Cape Verde islands off of the west coast of the continent. Moreover, the nonsense about supporting countries that are "recovering from conflict" when the United States is largely responsible for those conflicts is disgusting hypocrisy to say the least, while it also has to be said that America's "democratic friends" in the region, for instance, Museveni in Uganda and Kagame in Rwanda, should be in front of the ICC in the Hague. We should be in no doubt why Hillary is traipsing through Africa and one would only hope that they would spare us drivel of the sort spouted out by Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, when she said that the Obama administration might push for sanctions against Eritrea if it didn't change course, while adding,"There's a very short window for Eritrea to signal, through its actions, that it wishes (for) a better relationship with the United States and indeed the wider international community." Of course, what Susan means is that it is time for Eritrea and Zimbabwe and Somalia and everyone else in Africa to do what "Uncle Sam" wants and who knows, if they do, they might even let the new "democrats" Isaias Afewerki in Eritrea, Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Sheikh Sharif Ahmed in Somalia to join Washington's other "democratic" friends in Africa. Once they do, of course, they can continue their despotic rule, while appearing in the western media as moderates, as democrats and, indeed, as statesmen.

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