Is Africa the new experimental lab for Western foreign policy?

The position Africa is in now was formerly held by the middle East and Latin America where coups and revolutions were instigated by the west to knock out noncomplying oil rich Arab Muslim dictators and drug dealing communist dictators respectively.

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Following the recent outbreak of violence in the young nation of South Sudan, a series of questions have sprung up. And among these is whether the western governments who promise peace and democracy to African counties are sure of it, or they are just “experimenting”.

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A host of western powers promise “democracy” and “peace” to African countries in exchange for toppling dictators like Gaddafi or seceding from another country like Sudan but in the end, once these objectives are reached, the westerners are nowhere to be seen.

In 2011, the West orchestrated the toppling of Libyan dictator Col.Muammar Gaddafi, which was a good thing. But the promises of everlasting peace and freedom made to the Libyans are still unfulfilled and the people who made these promises are back home enjoying the premier league and basketball.

Still in the same year (2011) support was given to the Southern people of Sudan to secede from the largely Arab and Muslim dominated North of Omar al-Bashir, which was still a good thing as it put an end to the long conflict between the north and south, and gave birth to the new nation of South Sudan.

2 years after independence, the nation plunged into a bloody civil war that claimed thousands of lives while the people who convinced them to secede watched from the sidelines. The short lived peace after this civil war has been interrupted by the outbreak of fresh fighting in South Sudan.

The position Africa is in now was formerly held by the middle East and Latin America where coups and revolutions were instigated by the west to knock out noncomplying oil rich Arab Muslim dictators and drug dealing communist dictators respectively.

The common denominator in this string pulling is the abandonment of the respective countries once the instability worsens. Today Iraq still burns over a decade after dictator Saddam Hussein was toppled. Which is a similar case in Libya, and a few years after the post independence civil war in South Sudan, the bloodshed is back again and the instigators are nowhere to be seen.

So we wonder, when these guys promise peace and democracy to these countries, are they sure about it, or they are just experimenting their foreign policies?

 

Author: Adam Walusimbi

Am a truth junkie

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