While Australia is
busy recolonizing the Pacific, the Americans look like they may be
pressured into doing a bit of recolonizing of their own.
Buying African slaves from other Africans to
import into America was, of course, one of the most repressive actions in
history, and caused untold misery. Invariably in such situations there are
winners and losers. In this situation, the losers were clearly the slaves, and
the winners were clearly the black Africans who captured and sold them, their
white transporters and their new white Americans owners.
It's not quite so clear though who the winners and losers are in the
current day. Endless statistics about black disadvantage and repression in the
US are par for the course in any politically
correct discussion about world's superpower, as are the nodding heads of
approval at suggestions of reparations for
slavery. However these tend to meet with 'well why don't they go back
to Africa then?' from
those of us with rational minds and no
ambitions to win awards on contributions to humanity. Suggestions that the
descendants of slaves were disadvantaged by their ancestors'
enslavement suffer a crisis of credibility when their plight is compared to
blacks living in the big begging bowl of modern day Africa.
Lefties are quick to
point out that most of Africa is in a 'post colonial' phase, and blame white
males, but it seems that the less that the colonial powers have to do with the
countries the worse they become.
The American redneck fantasy of ten million blacks swimming back to Africa
with a Jew under each arm has
been around in spirit for a long time. Liberia is a country formed by freed slaves who were naive enough
to believe the rednecks and do-gooders who encouraged them to return to
Africa. Freed from the repression of their former owners, they would be able to
build a new nation of prosperity and freedom.
Unfortunately it didn't work out that way, with the nation descending
slowly into civil war, and now there is quiet, though mounting, pressure for
(guess who?) the Americans to go in and sort it out.
These post colonial nations are a bit like small children screaming for
freedom, choice and control over their lives - until they actually get it, then
it's the phone call back to daddy to get them out of trouble.
Of course if the Americans go in, they will be accused of further
colonialism, and if they don't, they will be accused of not meeting their
Is it any wonder that the US is so keen on a missile defence shield?
The big lock on the door which will enable them to let the neighbourhood
go to rack and ruin while they sit in front of the fire and ignore it.