re: "Bongo on Terrorism"
I think that stability in any country in Africa depends more on just
military troops and Presidential guards. Of course all leaders of
states have serious amounts of protection, but does that "keep" them
in power? I am more interested in what Bongo has to say about the
political challenges Africans have to face. I think that it is
important to focus now on economic development and aid for African
countries. I like what Bongo has to say about how the marketing of
resources coming out of most African states are not controlled by the
states themselves but by external entities.
For example, it is important to develop the infrastructure where oil
producing states are actually refining the oil that is produced. Or
where companies marketing the by-products of resources like timber,
gold and diamonds are actually based and run by Africans native to
the region where they are produced. These things are more important
to the development of peoples lives than who is in political control
or what politician has the most money stashed away. I think arguably
that an intelligent and capable African head of state deserves to
have as much money as the Queen of England or Bill Gates for that
matter. Here in America, individuals speculating in the stock market
can amass wealth and power beyond that of a resource rich African
I agree that Bongo is a better leader to his country than Bush or
Blair. His political intelligence seems to be leaps and bounds
beyond what Bush has to offer for instance. That is why I think that
he is extremely important for Gabon and for Africa at this time.
We have seen in America how term limits together with the influence
of special interest in campaign politics has eroded the quality of
leaders that are put in the positions of power. We are seeing that it
is the "quality" not quantity that is important when it comes to
Also, what does it say about the leadership of African states if it
is so easy for Chinese or any other powerful nation to gain economic
or political control?
So I support President Bongo and hope that his agenda reaches the
ears of those world leaders in power who truly care about the
development of the African continent. Maybe after the debaucle in
Liberia, politicians(especially black leaders) here in the states
will put more effort into understanding what economic development in
Africa means to world stability.
On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 02:16:49 -0000 "bobutne" <bobutne@...> writes:
> M'bolo dupont.
> President Omar Bongo must share (and, probably, abdicate)
> the "stability to Gabon" mantle with the French (5,000 troops in
> Gabon and a large garrison surrounding/protecting the Presidential
> palace) who have worked to assure that he is kept in power. The 500
> Moroccan Presidential Guard helps, too.
> Bush and Blair are actually debasing the US and Britain world
> hegemony by their unilateral actions. President Omar Bongo is doing
> a better job for Gabon than GWB is doing for the US and world.
> The door to Africa is becoming closed to the West and is being left
> wide open for the Chinese to walk right in to gain economic and
> political control. I could expound on this for many, many pages on
> here but will desist for now.
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