Thursday, January 31, 2008

Poor Africa

While Kenya is in the headlines at the moment there is a continuing tragedy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to The International Rescue Committee there are still 45,000 people dying every month in Congo, despite the civil war supposedly ending 5 years ago.

Over 5,000,000 people have died since the war began in 1998. The 45,000 deaths a month now are due to the collapse of the infastructure, health services, malnutrition and disease. There is also ongoing violence, torture and widespread rape. And yet there is little to be heard about this from the liberal left. Elsewhere I have posted about Zimbabwe and repeat, that the pinko liberal politically correct brigade seem to always turn a blind eye to black against black violence. Where is the hatred towards the African murderers from the 'rentamob' that turn out in their thousands if a GI runs over an Iraqi civilian in a road accident in Baghdad? For that matter where are Geldoff and Bono? Oh yes, they will be busy pointing their fingers at the evil West while making a few more millions!

One of the less popular reasons to despise the EU has always been the damage it causes to the economies of developing countries, African countries being a prime example. The only way to stop the continuing rape of African countries by despots is to ensure that these countries can feed themselves, and that means trade not aid, free trade not 'fairtrade'. Until then the liberal left can wallow in their hatred of western civilisation, get a nice warm glow from turning up at a huge fundraising concert at Wembley, and ignore the fact that they are as much a part of the problem as Mugabe and the other African despots their 'consciences' help to keep in power.

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