Nice try, Mr. Affleck. Congo. 4-5 million dead.


4-5 million people dead from 1998-2003, and then some more millions after that. Starvation. Disease. Rape.

But no oil and no great economic interests and a huge mess and not much in the way of exporting their discontent by flying commercial airliners into the World Trade Center.

It sucks, but the U.S. can only do so much. The Europeans are content with their infinitesmal military budgets and their ineffective and hamstrung blue-helmets. We simply can't solve all the world's problems.

Africa is a mess. Africa might just be better off with a massive war with a clear winner. Or not, that was kinda cold and heartless. Africa has some of the most porous and ill-defined borders in the world. Life expectancy. Education. Income. Rich countries' trade barriers, esp. the EU Common Agricultural Policy and American dumping of cheap and counterproductive "Food Aid".

Work on some of that and maybe we'll eventually make headway in the darkest, nastiest conflicts on the planet. In the meantime we have two other wars and an eventual nuclear confrontation in the Middle East or East Asia.

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