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  •  In the 1980's I spent a period of time (5+ / 0-)

    in Liberia researching a radio documentary on the life of the great Edward Wilmot Blyden. born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in the mid 1800's.  Blyden was one of the leading activists of the 'Back tp Africa Movement' to return Africans back to their ancestral homes.  Hois book 'Judaism, Islam and Christinity' is still today an important book in the hisotory of these three dominant rleigions.

    I also spent time in Sierra Leone, with members of his extended family, all active in the educational field. The leaders of these two nations, especially Samuel Doe in Liberia ruled as absolute despots, as 'friends' of the US at the height of the American war against communism.

    All over Africa despots thrived, yet the European communities and America turned blind eyes.  Although it is essential to  focus on individual atrocities it is also crucial in these enlightened days for America to turn inward and examine the harm her policies in the name of self interests and national security have wrought on the lives of ordinary people around the world.

    The argument about the economy being the fault of sending jobs overseas is part of this self examination, far too complicated to go into in a comment, and the blogosphere does not seem to be the place to have deep discussions as the ideas flee like refugees from a marauding band of raiders with little resolution leaving egos littering the battlefields like carcasses.

    Rwanda, Darfur, Somalia, Ethiopia, the Congo, Zimbabwe, those are the names on people lips today,  Mozambique, Angola, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, those were the names recognisable in the days of the great apartheid struggle.  Algeria, Tunisia, Chad, Libya household names of the anti-colonial movements when Europeans were bombed or blown up, too often when Europeaans or Americans were not directly involved people stayed silent.

    As always it is impossible to dilute the atrocities of the 19th and 20th centuries of expansionism and colonialism into a few words.  It takes a lifetime of study and probably an eternity of understanding.

    •  Worth saying and well said. (1+ / 0-)
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      policies in the name of self interests and national security

      All too often -- in fact almost invariably -- it's been self-interest of the commercial/economic kind. Or else megalomania and delusions of grandeur, or the expansion of power for its own sake.

      The 'national security' is just a myth carefully fabricated for marketing purposes.

      O karma...O dharma...Obama!

      by gotgat54 on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 08:56:22 AM PST

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      •  I agree, which is also why the meme that got out (2+ / 0-)
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        after 9/11 that the governing bodies required another Pearl Harbour to push as many buttons as possible. Reagan  tried it pathetically on the tiny island of Grenada in the 80's but it didn't have the visceral reaction of the Twin Towers tumbling in smoke and flames as bodies hurtled through the air.  The images had an occult impact, like watching Tarot cards come alive.

        We the People also have collective responsibility in the actions of their leaders and the deeds that are perpetrated in their name.

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