US troops are now conducting 3,500 exercises and military engagements throughout Africa per year, an average of 10 per day. US mainstream media rarely discuss these wars, giving the military ample space to destabilize any of the continent's 54 countries as it pleases. The 2012 coup in Mali, carried out by a US-trained army captain, Amadou Haya Sanogo, is only one example. The old colonial 'Scramble for Africa' is being reinvented by global powers that understand the economic largesse of the continent. While China, India and Russia are each developing a unique approach to wooing Africa, the US is invested mostly in the military option, which promises to inflict untold harm and destabilize many nations. China's policy towards resource rich Africa is far more civil and trade-focused than the military-centered US approach. They have trained 30,000 African professionals in various sectors. China surpassed the US as Africa's largest trading partner in 2009.
Your taxes and children's lives working for the 1% but never the 99% who must pay for it all. That's always the way it is, regardless of the propaganda any Government pretends to operate under.
If you actually believe Capitalistic exploitation brings the most good to the most people, then you must also admit Trump is a raving idiot.
The more astute mind recognizes the broader evil error in US Foreign policy, always focused on short term gain with zero regard for collateral damage. What Smedley Butler simply put as, "War is a Racket", which operates exactly like organized crime.
Western Wars turn these poor nations into $&!tholes, on purpose. Its what France did to Haiti, which France used to corner the market on sugar.
Thanks sen turnin for your BS made up story. It has not been your first by any stretch of imagination.
What sort of history do you read? France lost a war with Haiti. Haiti was the second country in the western hemisphere to gain independence. Slaves usually can not run governments, even if they beat an army to do so, with the help of malaria. Fact is every leader of Haiti died of violence- for over one hundred years. Ever hear of Creoles? Those were refugees from Haiti, after all the white French people left, the black majority forced the mixed race people out, they could leave or die. Of course the Creoles were the skilled labor. The problem with Haiti is every government has enriched it's self, at the expense of the rest of the country.
Which part is made up, US troop activity, French control of 75% of the global market using slaves or how the slaves were treated? Or is it MKultra or Guantanamo?
The French had hung up slaves with heads downward, drowned them in sacks, crucified them on planks, buried them alive, crushed them in mortars? Have they not forced them to eat ----? And, having flayed them with the lash, have they not cast them alive to be devoured by worms, or onto anthills, or lashed them to stakes in the swamp to be devoured by mosquitoes? Have they not thrown them into boiling cauldrons of cane syrup? Have they not put men and women inside barrels studded with spikes and rolled them down mountainsides into the abyss? Have they not consigned these miserable blacks to man-eating dogs until the latter, sated by human flesh, left the mangled victims to be finished off with bayonet and poniard?
The US can be brutal, but we are hardly unique.
#4 | Posted by bayviking Believe it or not, the Haitians were just as brutal to the French, babies on pikes, ritual cannibalism and the like. Read about the Maroons, I doubt you find them and their actions bit funny. The big difference, the French didn't continue to behave like that when they returned home, the Haitians did for a couple of centuries, brutality was the way things were done for 200 years.
Most human history is the brutal history of man's enslavement of man.
Most Americans are offended when brutality they do not want to believe is exposed. The first step in eliminating these horrendous crimes is recognizing that they still exist. But that's difficult when western media covers it up.
Life is getting better, but old habits of the ruling class die very slowly.
"Believe it or not, the Haitians were just as brutal to the French, babies on pikes, ritual cannibalism and the like. Read about the Maroons, I doubt you find them and their actions bit funny. The big difference, the French didn't continue to behave like that when they returned home"
The French Revolution too had its Terror, as you well know.
Also, ritual cannibalism? I am going to need a source on that.
"the Haitians did for a couple of centuries, brutality was the way things were done for 200 years."
Context matters. The new nation was buried in debt from the war, cut off from trade with racist white nations around it who didn't want anything to do with a "cannibal nation." Meanwhile, you had the issues with the Spanish side of the island. In a word, the new nation never stood a chance.
Haiti has one significant historical distinction, it is the only successful slave rebellion in history. The primary thing to remember about that rebellion is about 10 black people died for every white French man and there were a lot of white men who died, thousands. Some were fighters, some were slaves caught in the cross fire many were slaves who would not join their Army. Cannibalism was alleged by the French, and Voodoo has a place for that ritual practice or did 200 years ago plus the war disrupted all the logistics in the country, famine was common. Cannibalism during famine is nothing unusual anywhere. A lot of the Maroon's reputation may have stemmed from the mutilation of French corpses, and the way they displayed the bodies. Honestly, after the slaves won, most of terrible things that happened were self inflicted. Ask how many people died building those fortresses all around Haiti.
Also, nice job not addressing my arguments about the quote totally non-self inflicted issues the new state had to deal with...
#11 | Posted by DirkStruan Actually I will, Haiti has done quite well from time to time. Fortunes were made in the sugar, banana, rum and hardwood trade. It simply never got to the average Haitian. The government seldom did much more than protect the mulattoes in Pationville up on the mountain that owned and ran the country and to take bribes from anyone who had a couple of bucks. The US invaded Haiti back in the 30s, not because we wanted the place but to keep the Europeans out. We acted as a debt collector.
#10 | Posted by DirkStruan, Only one side knew how to write, all we have is what the French said.
You didn't address a damned thing. None of the things you say counteract the effects of massive foreign-imposed debt and racism prompted international pariah status.
And of course we do have Haitian sources to draw from, as well as third party sources, but even if we did not that does not mean we should default to uncritically accepting the racially charged claims of a beaten imperial power.
#13 | Posted by DirkStruan, The reality is, Haiti has never mattered, and never will. It is just the west end of an island. It produces nothing of consequence and is generally a perpetual problem. The best thing for the people of Haiti would be declared a failed state and have the government taken over by a third party. The problem is, no one wants that task. Not the Cubans, the old Soviet Union or the Chinese communist. So much for the socialist liberation. Even the Brits, the French and the Americans keep that country at a comfortable distance. The debt was real, it was not imposed, the money simply disappeared into the pockets of every government lackey in Patonville. When we took over the government in the 20s that is where we got the money to pay off the European banks. There was no other place to get money in Haiti.
#13 | Posted by DirkStruan Tell you what, go live in Haiti for a year and tell me then if all the problems in Haiti are caused by those racist Americans and Europeans. The sad thing is, Haiti is not as screwed up and a couple of other places I have lived.
Again, Haiti had the deck stacked against it from the start. Everything that has happened since then is a simple consequence of that fact. And it is not as if attitudes towards the country became much more enlightened over time. You can point to corruption and internal strife all you want: what you consistently fail to realize (and it is not hard to guess why) is that these things are a consequence of the unique pressures placed on Haiti because of racism and imperialism.
"The sad thing is, Haiti is not as screwed up and a couple of other places I have lived."
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