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Re: Equatorial Africa

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  • bobutne
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2001
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      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?
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