To everything turn, turn, turn and a ...continent... worth every tear shed under heaven.
What has Africa's contribution been these past 20 years?
1. A great subject for scholars
for which they justify dollars
and more dollars for research
and projects that have earned
them doctorates whether the
children lived or died, whether
the refugees ever make it to a
safe haven or not, whether
democracy is ever attained or
2. New topics for flagging stations
guaranteed to bring a tear or at
least a comment of sympathy by
the viewer. Occasionally, a
worthy topic that diverts
attention from internal thorns
in the flesh.
3. Topics of debate in presidential
4. Mission trips.
5. Enough carnage in one part or
another that the minor
atrocities by other leaders are
overlooked until it is too late.
6. Testing grounds for African-type
Will Africa ever attain democracy as advocated by Western Scholars?
No, absolutely not.
Oh, yes the leaders will pay lip service to the demands of the West. They will meet the first three of the twenty-nine conditions laid out by the G8, the
World Bank and the IMF. But all the letters of the alphabet will not achieve the observance of human rights, nor the need to do right because to do so will erode the power of those who would make this happen. Sadly, it ain't gonna happen, at least not any time soon.