Wednesday, 11 June 2008

West Africa reverts to barbarity

Although not one of the world-s best-selling authors, Robert D. Kaplan is one of the most authoritative writers on international affairs. Although professing unconventional views, his work is a must read at the top levels of the US State Department and the UN. An article in the Atlantic Monthly referred to by Parapundit shows why.

Although written fourteen years ago, it proves to be remarkably prescient. In essence his message is that West Africa is reverting to barbarity. And that we won't escape that barbarity. You can access the full article here.

Here are some extracts.

"West Africa is becoming the symbol of worldwide demographic, environmental, and societal stress, in which criminal anarchy emerges as the real "strategic" danger. Disease, overpopulation, unprovoked crime, scarcity of resources, refugee migrations, the increasing erosion of nation-states and international borders, and the empowerment of private armies, security firms, and international drug cartels are now most tellingly demonstrated through a West African prism. West Africa provides an appropriate introduction to the issues, often extremely unpleasant to discuss, that will soon confront our civilization. To remap the political earth the way it will be a few decades hence—as I intend to do in this article—I find I must begin with West Africa.

The cities of West Africa at night are some of the unsafest places in the world. Streets are unlit; the police often lack gasoline for their vehicles; armed burglars, carjackers, and muggers proliferate. "The government in Sierra Leone has no writ after dark," says a foreign resident, shrugging. When I was in the capital, Freetown, last September, eight men armed with AK-47s broke into the house of an American man. They tied him up and stole everything of value.

Forget Miami: direct flights between the United States and the Murtala Muhammed Airport, in neighboring Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, have been suspended by order of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation because of ineffective security at the terminal and its environs. A State Department report cited the airport for "extortion by law-enforcement and immigration officials."


This is one of the few times that the U.S. government has embargoed a foreign airport for reasons that are linked purely to crime. In Abidjan, effectively the capital of the Cote d'Ivoire, or Ivory Coast, restaurants have stick- and gun-wielding guards who walk you the fifteen feet or so between your car and the entrance, giving you an eerie taste of what American cities might be like in the future. An Italian ambassador was killed by gunfire when robbers invaded an Abidjan restaurant. The family of the Nigerian ambassador was tied up and robbed at gunpoint in the ambassador's residence.

After university students in the Ivory Coast caught bandits who had been plaguing their dorms, they executed them by hanging tires around their necks and setting the tires on fire. In one instance Ivorian policemen stood by and watched the "necklacings," afraid to intervene.

"The boys who took power in Sierra Leone come from houses like this." The Minister jabbed his finger at a corrugated metal shack teeming with children. "In three months these boys confiscated all the official Mercedes, Volvos, and BMWs and willfully wrecked them on the road." The Minister mentioned one of the coup's leaders, Solomon Anthony Joseph Musa, who shot the people who had paid for his schooling, "in order to erase the humiliation and mitigate the power his middle-class sponsors held over him." Are you listening, all you charities who waste billions of our money every year?

Sierra Leone is a microcosm of what is occurring, albeit in a more tempered and gradual manner, throughout West Africa and much of the underdeveloped world: the withering away of central governments, the rise of tribal and regional domains, the unchecked spread of disease, and the growing pervasiveness of war.


West Africa is reverting to the Africa of the Victorian atlas. It consists now of a series of coastal trading posts, such as Freetown and Conakry, and an interior that, owing to violence, volatility, and disease, is again becoming, as Graham Greene once observed, "blank" and "unexplored." However, whereas Greene's vision implies a certain romance, as in the somnolent and charmingly seedy Freetown of his celebrated novel The Heart of the Matter, it is Thomas Malthus, the philosopher of demographic doomsday, who is now the prophet of West Africa's future.

And West Africa's future, eventually, will also be that of most of the rest of the world."

But of course it won't be that of the rest of the world, will it? No, only that of the 'West', which alone allows massive immigration from Africa. You won't see the oil-rich Arabs doing it, nor the Chinese nor the Japanese. But we do. And by doing it we're importing Africa's problems, not solving them. And by endlessly supplying millions of tons of food every year we're ensuring that the problem keeps growing nicely.

We're doing it to ourselves folks. We could stop and even reverse it if we had the will. But the PC and Victim Industries are too powerful. And again, they're too powerful because we let them be.

2 comments:

Rhein said...

Good post Savant.

If things keep up it will inevitably come to that.

And that's just the african problem, there are other immigrants who are just as bad. The ones causing most of the problems in Holland, England and Sweden aren't african yet...

Anonymous said...

The major problem here is that the MSM completely blocks out any discussion of the subject. There''s ;ittle we can do but be violent!