February 21, 2005


Many Africans see U.S. as distant savior (BRYAN MEALER, 2/21/05, Associated Press)

As President Bush visits Europe this week, he is up against a continent brimming with hostile public opinion. But while Americans have grown used to being condemned as global bullies, at least one region has people looking to them for salvation.

For many of the young people who take to the streets in protest in Lome and other blighted, overlooked capitals across Africa, only one distant power seems great enough to defeat the local forces of tyranny: the U.S. military.

"Tell George Bush to send us guns," young protesters screamed last weekend in Lome, capital of Togo, where the dictator of 38 years had just died, only for his son to succeed him by military appointment within hours.

"We need American troops to deliver us from this regime," young men shouted.

America's export of democratic ideals, along with the hard-core rap music and imagery that has suffused African youth cultures, has made it seem like a beacon to Africa's downtrodden - or at least better than France, former colonial ruler and lasting influence in much of West Africa.

With the Reformation of the Middle East in high gear, Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair can devote more time and energy in their next terms to Africa.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2005 4:16 PM

Kill Mugabe. Tonight.

Posted by: ratbert at February 21, 2005 4:48 PM


Make that yesterday.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 21, 2005 7:32 PM

"Take up the White man's burden."

As we drive the stake further into the heart of Communism, we need to finish off the Leninist heresy to the effect that bringing law and freedom to the "lesser breeds" without them is "imperialism."

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 21, 2005 8:35 PM

africa is going to come down off the cross, and gwb is going to be pulling the nails out.

Posted by: cjm at February 21, 2005 10:15 PM

It will be lots of fun if Bush can make America the beacon of hope for Africa at the expense of Old Europe, particularly France. The French treat all their old colonies as if they are still colonies. The guy who runs the Port of Dakar or the Gabonese oil fields is a francais. When Guinea tried to pull out, the French not only left them high and dry but pulled out the toilet fixtures, hospital equipment and even the wiring out of the walls. In Cote d'Ivoire, the saying is 'They prefer a 2d rate Frenchman to a first rate Ivorien.'

It is long overdue for America to take its rightful place as the avatar of freedom for all mankind regardless of bogus concepts like race.

Posted by: Bart at February 22, 2005 7:50 AM