23.12.10

Africa. Trafficking.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12068974
"Definitely, I want to see diplomatic pressure on Mali," insists Mr Orakwue. "It is an emergency."
Naptip estimate the number of women trapped in Mali to be anywhere between 20,000 and 40,000. Other estimates - from local charities - suggest a lower figure, in the thousands.
It's not an emergency. It's the way things have been for thousands of years. It's the way things will continue to be until some sort of effective monopoly on force is achieved by SOMEONE in an area, when they are forced to form a government and deal with the outside world and turn their protection rackets and semi-official corruption into a police force and official taxes.

Anyone care to argue that these areas are better off not under the control of imperial Britain and others? Sure, plenty of crap that way too. The damn Europeans and Americans did horrible things to Africa - and continue to do so with the way the international trading economy is organized. Legitimate trade and things that Africa COULD produce is stymied by regulations protecting Western businesses. Food aid that serves to suppress food crop commodity pricing. Completely screwed up borders. Etc etc. Diamonds. Cocoa.

The solution here isn't necessarily peace. It might be, if someone is willing and able to spend the money and effort to make that peace into a society with good governance and control and education and policing. If not the place might be better off with you leaving them alone til someone is a clear victor.

As soon as fighting breaks out the Westerners are horrified (hello, Media!) and urge all parties to cease fire and maybe someone sends some peacekeepers. The long-term issues lie dormant or are ignored. No-one is in charge and the whole mess just keeps going.

Let Africans compete on a somewhat even footing - which will be a net economic gain for European and American populations, as well - though NOT for the farmers and unskilled industry that will no doubt scream and cry for protection. **** you, Mr. French farmer. You're not entitled to go on living like you have for hundreds of years with the rest of society paying your salary when there's better ways to do business and accomplish what you can't do in an innovative, economically sensible fashion.

Let Africa compete. Let Africa solve its own troubles. Let the carnage go so that someone can win. Let the diseases and the famine and poor family planning take its toll.

Yes, I'm a cruel and heartless ***hole. The alternative is what - send some money once in a while and perpetuate the problem? Create a culture of dependency?

Have too many kids and no way to provide for them and... They. Will. Die.

Mess up your planning and preparation for natural disasters and drought and Millions. Will. Die.

They have to die. The alternative is what? Massive rescue efforts and more people who then need more rescues?

Education. Enclaves of civilization that must have severely restricted immigration. Lack of natural borders and too-easy movement of people hurts, here. Witness the massive influx of migrants to a comparatively successful Republic of South Africa which is breaking that country's back. RSA cannot carry the continent on its back. They have to stop the problem at their borders.

And then we have terrorist havens. Drug smuggling. Central governments that can't control the territory they speak for. Rape and corruption.

A little realism and propping up some governments that might be highly undesirable in Europe, I think. Stability at all cost so that the greater reach of education and the internet can gradually solve this problem over the next fifty years.

BUT AFRICA NEEDS HELP NOW! AFRICA IS IN CRISIS AND WE DON'T HAVE FIFTY YEARS!

You're just making it worse with your well-intentioned efforts to save people so that you will then have to save the babies they make so that you then will have to provide them food and shelter in refugee camps and deal with massive movements of people fleeing economic conditions, war and disease.

Be realistic. Be pragmatic. Don't be afraid to just move in and kill players like the Lord's Resistance Army if given the chance. Be ruthless. And be fair.

Let Africa compete.

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