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I my last post I discussed the colonization of the world.

That made me think about how did the colonization of Africa by the Europeans and their behavior with the natives affect the current situation in Africa. I think we all now that Central Africa is one large battlefield with constant fighting and killing.

As I see it the European involvement in the Africa has a key role in the current situation. Now I believe that there are three reasons why there is so much bloodshed in Africa today.
1. European colonization.
2. Western money and want for the natural resources of Africa.
3. Human greed.
4. Easy access to more and more deadly arsenals.

I think the first reason European colonization is the prime reason and accounts for 2/3 of the problem. After the Europeans left their colonies they left a mess they done by introducing, rather forcing, “civilization” to the “savages”. Why do I quote those terms? Because there were several civilizations on the African continent which were large and developed civilizations that coexisting peacefully. The African nations achieved the same state of political stability that was achieved by the European nations of that time. There were no major wars, just local fightings as was in Europe. Then the Europeans started to occupy the land, and chart borders. So they re charted Africa creating the borders we know today more or less.

What’s the problem with that you say?

The problem is that the nations now consists of at least 3 separate entities, which causes instability since all want to rejoin their territories that are now separated and spread in different nations. The borders of African nations now are not natural, and were forced by the Europeans. I believe that all tough the Europeans do not have direct control over the African nations, until the African nations are bound to the same borders that were drawn by the Europeans, they remains of colonization will keep bringing in instability. If you look at the nations that consist in majority of one entity you will see that there is no instability there. The likes of Libya, Egypt, Algeria, South Africa all have stable borders, and are not involved in wars with their neighbors (except Egypt – Israel, but those are some other reasons).

If you look at the wars in my country in the 90’s, they were fought because Yugoslavia was an unnatural union of different nations, of which none had majority.All of those nations had historical background and their historical territories, were of different religions, affiliations, languages and culture. With so many differences between those nations, they could have never coexisted in peace. If you then a look at the Kurds in Turkey today the same thing, their territory is spread across 4 nations (Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran), and is a constant source of fighting, uprisings and terror, and none of the occupying nations is willing to give up their lands.

Next up is Western money. Since Africa is rich in natural resources it off course draws western money. West and now recently East, has a crewing for diamonds, gold and other rear metals that are abundant in Africa. So now African nations and tribes are fighting not only to unite their territories, and people, but also to gain control over valuable natural resources. All that money that the West and East put into buying of resources of Africa, just ads to the war founds of local war lords.

Which brings us to reason 4, easy access to more and more deadly arsenals. Before local wars were fought by primitive weapons which could only do limited damage, but now when there are very new and very efficient weapons at their disposals and the cost for a AK47 with 120 bullets is 17$.

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Written by Luka Ferlež

March 18, 2008 at 21:29

Posted in History, Politics

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