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        Sunday, June 04, 2006
        Better know where I stand
        You know how sometimes you cannot decide whether a person is nice to you or not, whether they do annoying or hurtful things because they are totally dumb or subtly nasty? Then you start wondering whether it is better to deal with a total jerk because at least you know where you stand with them…

        I am having the same issues about international aid givers to Africa. I am beginning to appreciate China’s straight forward, no non-sense and no half-arsed stance about good governance policy in Africa. Mind you, I am not eating my words about human rights issues being undermined due to China’s "don't meddle with internal affairs" position. I just prefer its very clear stance to that of the morally superior but practically messed up US, UK, the World Bank etc which try to justify their cock up in several meaningless words…Morality and capitalism are in most cases mutually exclusive anyway. Just say we’re here (in Africa) first of all to protect our own interest – it’s ok, everybody knows anyway.

        Equally annoying is this old fashioned babysitting trick that rich nations are pulling on African leaders - if you don’t do what I say, I’m not going to give you what you want crap. Even very young kids know how to get around that – trust me, I’ve been there, done that and it didn’t work.

        I am waiting for the day the morally superior are going to confess (Bush-Blair style about Iraq) how much they screwed up in Africa.
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