Re: Equatorial Africa
- jambouro, I agree that the pride of recent
nationalism is a strong force and that each of the five
nations has developed unique traits and is unequally
endowed with physical resources. The question is whether
the pride and self-interest (to a few) of nationalism
are sufficent reasons to remain politically
independent. <br><br>It may boil down to whe visions (and self
interest) of the respective political leaders. Are they
content with maintaining a small role on the African and
world scene or do they want to become a substantial
economic, political and military power in Africa?
<br><br>Clearly, by splitting up Equatorial Africa into five
smaller nations, the French were able to economically
dominate the region. Such is not the case today with Gabon
and the others reaching out to the US, Japan and
others and by developing regional economic blocs.
<br><br>One looming potential danger of remaining politically
and militarily independent are the larger neighbors
like Nigeria. Will any of these military powers ever
be tempted to invade Gabon and the other four?