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West wants Africa

Kim Sengupta, a correspondent for The Independent on defense issues, recently published a special report under the catchy headline “New Army Models: Why Does the West Deploy Force in Africa?” The article talks about a new strategy of “muscular soft power”, plans for countries to prepare West in Africa local self-defense forces, building infrastructure and civil society institutions. The author, however, concludes that in reality Western states are fighting for the redistribution of spheres of influence: after all, in recent years, China has strengthened significantly on the black continent.

West wants Africa

Sengupta notesthat if the French mission in Mali was successful, this does not mean that Paris has prepared a kind of “template” for the actions of the Western forces in Africa. Now we are talking about the so-called "muscular soft power", which includes the preparation of local states for self-defense with the parallel creation of infrastructure and civil society institutions in African countries. It is hoped that such steps will leave large expeditionary operations in the past.

The journalist claims that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have weary the public. "Foreign Adventures" no longer needed. Even such a “relatively risk-free” venture, like the NATO bombing of Libya in the 2011 year, looks unattractive today. The “Arab Spring” has passed into the “winter”, and about who is fighting against whom, the world community is in uncertainty. "Good guys" are no longer an unambiguous definition.

As for the notorious Afghanistan, the mistakes on this front were formulated during a recent visit to London by James F. Dobbins, the US special representative in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He believes that the war dragged on, America suffered unnecessary losses, and the project of reconstruction and development failed.

The author ironically calls the West’s intentions in Africa “not entirely altruistic.” Here are the components of Western interest in the black continent: the struggle for influence, natural wealth, commercial potential.

China, which "desperately needs" resources and the implementation of its many construction projects, is now demonstrating military might in Africa. Recently, Chinese troops began patrolling in Mutare (Zimbabwe). Recently, South Africa welcomed the proposal to strengthen military ties with Beijing. Major General Ntakaleni Sigudu of the South African Ministry of Defense reminded his compatriots that Chinese education of local army personnel hastened the end of apartheid. In addition, Sengupta writes, Beijing offered counter-terrorism assistance to Nigeria and sent its defense attaches to a number of African states.

The international community agrees that the inability of states to resist terrorism should not turn these weak countries into a haven for the next wave of terrorists who will certainly try to attack the West later.

The last British campaign in Africa was conducted 13 years ago - in Sierra Leone, the author recalls. However, the UK is now engaged in the preparation of local armed forces in the three states that hardly anyone would call "calm." General Sir Peter Wall, Head of the General Staff of the Army, they were listed: Somalia, Mali and Libya. In the latter case, we are talking about the training of Libyan militias for further military service. The plan to turn Libyan militants into security forces is David Cameron's idea. Training will begin at Bassingbourn barracks in Cambridgeshire early next year.

As for France, it maintains a military presence in the states from Chad to Djibouti, from Côte d'Ivoire to Gabon.

The largest US military project in Africa is Egypt. The author recalled that his military forces were receiving 1,3 billions of dollars from Washington as annual aid. True, some programs were recently suspended, but congressmen are hoping to use an aid tool to bargain to curb the Egyptian military. The Pentagon also owns the Transsahar Counter-Terrorism Initiative (TSCTI), which serves civilian and military projects in Mali, Chad, Mauritania, Niger, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria and Tunisia.

The “Independent” correspondent also reminds us that the “focus of defense” of the United States under Barack Obama has shifted towards the APR. American initiatives in Africa therefore emphasize the importance of being on a black continent.

Kim Sengupta cites the words of security specialist Robert Emerson, who believes that the use of “soft power” by a superpower can give a corresponding impetus to emerging power - China. As a result, the Celestial Empire can also go along the “soft” path. As a result, this soft muscle game will gain variety. Conflicts in Africa will not disappear in the near future, the expert believes, but they will be seriously adjusted. The black continent will prove to be an “exciting arena of rivalry” for influence.

In addition to the article, of interest are the comments of readers to it.



Did the author want to say with the article that colonization is again in action? In order for the ruling elite to steal all natural resources from the indigenous population, stable puppet governments must be seated in their respective countries. Citizens (working population) should be taxed, the money will be used to finance the infrastructure necessary for the full development of the continent. Order and discipline must be restored.

Naturally, the locals do not take all this to heart. As a result, the United States is launching a military vehicle, the purpose of which is to change hearts and minds. And, of course, another goal is to explain the order of things to the local annoying “terrorists” who harbor the idiotic idea that the land, resources and, consequently, all wealth supposedly belong to the people, and not to just a few representatives of the foreign capitalist elite of venture capital ...

But where does this sudden rush come from? Well, in the US, 100.000 or so, military men, hardened in wars, are now either languishing in anticipation of orders, or are ready to attack Syria or Iran (for the sake of Israel). So why do good people stand idle? In addition, the longer the US pulls, the more likely the Chinese strike becomes.

Rhys Evans

Take Sudan and South Sudan: The United States there prepared the ground for splitting the former Sudan into two parts, one of which is rich in oil and has full US military support. The United States does not help another country. This is another operation to seize territory, another means for those in power, always ready to get hold of other people's resources in their dirty hands.

We, the West, have destroyed Iraq, Libya, Egypt and made them wide open for exploitation by internal and external terrorists. And all just because we did not like their leaders.

None of these wars were meant for freedom. All of them were started for the sake of power and money.


Sudan, like Kosovo in Europe, is a classic example of the application of a method that does not contain humanitarian ideals. Kosovo is now illegally imported weaponthere is sex and drug trafficking ...

Observed and translated by Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. Lesnik
    Lesnik 23 November 2013 08: 04 New
    Let him chat with China to spit what and who wants to
    1. Gunsmith
      Gunsmith 23 November 2013 14: 55 New
      Well said!
    2. Kirzhak
      Kirzhak 23 November 2013 16: 26 New
      Let him chat with China to spit what and who wants to

      I agree with you. China considers Africa not from a position of sowing momentary benefits, but long-term prospects (market, sources of raw materials).
    3. catapractic
      catapractic 24 November 2013 20: 42 New
      will butt until the last black man laughing
  2. makarov
    makarov 23 November 2013 08: 12 New
    As they say in the people of Ukraine: - Late lies!

    Everything there has long been embraced by the new "African race" with its developed aggressive geopolitics. The new "race" differs from the indigenous one by slanting black eyes and lightened yellow skin ..
  3. Denis
    Denis 23 November 2013 08: 38 New
    The author wanted to say in an article that colonization is back in action?
    That's all complicated. Look at South Africa, what happened and what became
    1. Papakiko
      Papakiko 23 November 2013 10: 33 New
      Quote: Denis
      Look at South Africa, what happened and what became

      You can get more detailed about South Africa, very curious and interesting?
      For my part, I propose to look at d \ f about the general state of African affairs and the impact of man as a whole on nature in pursuit of the Aipeds and Tesla.
      1. Denis
        Denis 23 November 2013 12: 00 New
        Quote: Papakiko
        You can get more detailed about South Africa,
        According to the stories of sailors who came to Cape Town there was quiet and calm, almost at home in the old days they didn’t close the villages
        And at the World Cup called areas not recommended for visiting
        They released their good military equipment, but now what?
        And didn’t they give up nuclear weapons, they began to lack the mind to contain them
        There are a lot of such examples.
    2. Dezzed
      Dezzed 23 November 2013 11: 30 New
      The author is right. it seems the classic colonization is returning. agricultural shortage on the face. (prices do not seem to rise linearly).

      who will have fertile land + water + knowledge in agriculture will have power / strength.

      Israel has been establishing contexts in Africa on this topic for 15 years
  4. Igor39
    Igor39 23 November 2013 08: 49 New
    Weapons and ideas of the national liberation movement must be supplied to Africa.
    1. alone
      alone 23 November 2013 12: 25 New
      Quote: Igor39
      Weapons and ideas of the national liberation movement must be supplied to Africa.

      Yes Yes. and then amicably write off billions of loans that are so lacking for their own people.
  5. creak
    creak 23 November 2013 08: 51 New
    South Africa is a flower, but Southern Rhodesia is already a berry, after the expulsion of white farmers by the fighter against colonialism R. Mugabe, the country very quickly turned into Zimbabwe. Rhodesia, which at one time exported food, is the world champion in terms of inflation (millions of percent), and the Zimbabwean population is starving in a uniform manner, with unemployment rates exceeding 80%. And South Africa has not yet had time to completely ruin the freedom fighters, but this is a matter of time ...
    1. Revolver
      Revolver 23 November 2013 09: 48 New
      How much time has passed from the transfer of power in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe to a black majority led by Mugabe to the current deplorable situation? From 1980 to about 2005, i.e. 25 years.
      In South Africa, Mandela came to power in 1994. Given the fact that he (but not those who replaced him) was softer and more social than Mugabe, and the general level of development of South Africa, this process will take there a little longer, 30-35 years. But the vector is the same. So mark my word, if not by 2025, then by 2030 in South Africa it will be just as bad as it is now in Zimbabwe. Or maybe earlier.
    2. Denis
      Denis 23 November 2013 23: 30 New
      Quote: ranger
      South Africa has not yet had time to finally ditch the freedom fighters, but this is a matter of time ...
      They will kill, in this respect they are capable. Such sad examples and closer darkness
      Breaking is not building, a simple matter
      Then they build, but not at home
      1. Guun
        Guun 24 November 2013 07: 55 New
        Africa - it’s not for nothing that the Negroes were slaves; if you build them, they break them. Only under a sensitive white leader a crowd of blacks can build, and soon under the sensitive leadership of Asians. They are bloodthirsty and greedy.
  6. asadov
    asadov 23 November 2013 09: 01 New
    Another round of a new type of colonization of Africa. Redistribution of resources.
  7. Volodya Sibiryak
    Volodya Sibiryak 23 November 2013 09: 13 New
    So far, China has not shown interest in the continent to anyone and was not concerned with Africa. Colonization 2.0
    1. Migari
      Migari 23 November 2013 12: 54 New
      I agree, this is a response to China’s actions in Africa.
  8. Good
    Good 23 November 2013 09: 18 New
    The West wants Everyone and Everything ....
    1. Guun
      Guun 24 November 2013 07: 56 New
      I would say - the United States and the West are two white women with syphilis who offer their services - those who contacted live with consequences.
    APASUS 23 November 2013 09: 50 New
    There are not so many countries left in the world that you can attack under the pretext of democracy and you won’t get in the back! And the role of resources in the global understanding is growing and money is falling. in modern denunciation.
    Everything is as it should be - Africans will be killed fighting for human rights and democracy!
  10. Enot-poloskun
    Enot-poloskun 23 November 2013 09: 56 New
    Africa ... You must admit that the Black Continent was just exhausted.

    Exhausted, by the way, Europeans. First, slaves and gold were taken out,
    then - they founded colonies - and robbed already in place.

    It seems to me that Africa sighed more freely when the collapse of the colonial system began and aid from the USSR began to come. The Soviet Union helped the African to the detriment of itself.

    The USSR did not become. In Africa - the collapse, the war of all against all, disease, famine ...

    And everyone needs only free resources from Africa.

    Europe screams - illegal Africans are coming to us, they are not at all assimilated and do not want to share our values.

    That's how the West wants Africa. He will get it. New barbarians will destroy Europe from within. And rightly so!

    What values ​​- first of all, debauchery and hedonism.
  11. Neighbor
    Neighbor 23 November 2013 10: 06 New
    Africa is wanted by all who can. Who can’t want it too, but not so much.
  12. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 23 November 2013 10: 09 New
    Yes, let them climb into Africa .. (we were there already) .. A lot of money was invested in education, industry, etc. Everything is useless .. We have a lot of our internal "blacks" So it's not up to Africa yet)))
    1. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 24 November 2013 20: 32 New
      They will not. They will not invest in education. They will just shoot, shoot and shoot. The bad thing is that our enemies will receive the resources they desire, which is very bad. So weapons must be supplied there, it is indisputable. You can simply unload from bodies in the bush and that's it, the goal is achieved.
  13. andrei332809
    andrei332809 23 November 2013 10: 52 New
    West wants Africa

    but is there anything the West does not want? Well, unless it wants to get into the snout.
    and the comments under the article are sound, but here are only a few of these in the western direction.
  14. AK-47
    AK-47 23 November 2013 11: 51 New
    West wants Africa

    Want is not harmful! fellow
  15. Landwarrior
    Landwarrior 23 November 2013 12: 09 New
    What the hell is this Africa? There is nothing there! request
    Nothing but gold, diamonds, uranium, oil, gas, etc. laughing
    1. alone
      alone 23 November 2013 12: 29 New
      Quote: Landwarrior
      Nothing but gold, diamonds, uranium, oil, gas, etc.

      fellow would give me all this nothing, I would give every African a tricycle laughing what started to think like a colonizer lol
  16. Mitrich
    Mitrich 23 November 2013 12: 53 New
    Here's another topic. How the US squeezes China out of Africa using pirates
  17. Enot-poloskun
    Enot-poloskun 23 November 2013 12: 57 New
    Especially for gay men and Americans:

    In Africa - sharks.
    In Africa, gorillas.
    In Africa - big evil crocodiles.

    They will bite you, beat you and offend.

    Don’t go, gay men, to Africa for a walk.
    1. Tambov we ...
      Tambov we ... 23 November 2013 17: 41 New
      Chukovsky was a great geopolitician. Fact!
  18. novobranets
    novobranets 23 November 2013 14: 34 New
    with the parallel creation in Africa of infrastructure and civil society institutions.
    If they concoct these institutions in their likeness, then I won’t be surprised if the West soon drowns in a stream of mature black homosexuals who rushed for a free allowance.
  19. Ivanovich47
    Ivanovich47 23 November 2013 14: 36 New
    In the 60 years, most countries expelled the colonialists of the West from Africa. The young, independent states inherited a backward economy, the poverty and lack of rights of people. Western countries took advantage of this. They offered their "help", gradually drawing these countries into the orbit of their interests. Currently, the struggle for Africa is intensifying. There is a struggle for arms markets and the ability to plunder the natural resources of African countries.
  20. individual
    individual 23 November 2013 14: 54 New
    MIR is gradually getting used to the fading US hegemony.
    The WORLD has yet to familiarize itself with the new economic "monster" from Asia.
    Which of them is better / worse is known by comparing their "competition" for life and death.
    As if the fragments of the disintegration of their "competition" did not catch the whole other WORLD.
  21. 222222
    222222 23 November 2013 15: 17 New
    How much does the west want Africa?
    1. The main economic goal of the collapse of the USSR. organized under the direct supervision of the United States, it was to establish control over natural resources and, above all, the oil and gas of the Soviet Union and their delivery routes (the political goal is the elimination of the antagonistic capitalism of the socialist system). The goal is not fully achieved:
    - resources in the former USSR republics in Central Asia and the Caucasus and ways of their delivery through Ukraine and the construction of a new oil pipeline from Azerbaijan through Turkey to the Mediterranean Sea-Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline were taken under control;
    -Russian resources and their delivery routes remained under its control. The "Yavlinsky Khodorkovsky" scam has failed.
    2.From this moment, reorientation towards the natural resources of Africa began, where the capital of China began to penetrate successfully.
    -On October 1, 2008, the US Strategic Command in Africa begins to operate. (the African area of ​​responsibility of the Strategic Command of the Armed Forces in Europe is highlighted separately)
    - In August 2005, the headquarters of the US Navy command in Europe from London, the United Kingdom moved to Naples, Italy

    3. "Arab Spring" in northern Africa (Chronologically, it began with protests in Western Sahara in October 2010, but in fact, it began with protests in Tunisia on December 18, 2010)
    March 19 to October 31, 2011, the military operation of NATO forces in Libya and the overthrow of Gaddafi
    -In the fall of 2011, riots against Assad in Syria turned into an open armed confrontation. ongoing and still ..
  22. Kulneff2009
    Kulneff2009 23 November 2013 17: 39 New
    New colonization, damn it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Although ... Let the Yankees with tea tease up. That's just interesting who the natives, at the same time, will feed? Or will Russia again push the humanitarian aid?
    1. vahatak
      vahatak 23 November 2013 19: 23 New
      What makes you think that the natives will be fed at all? The British and French did not feed them, the Americans and Chinese, too, would not.
      1. old rocket man
        old rocket man 23 November 2013 21: 10 New
        Quote: vahatak
        What makes you think that the natives will be fed at all? The British and French did not feed them, the Americans and Chinese, too, would not.

        And no one is going to feed them, read between the lines: "- soft power (this is to fight less with your own hands), the creation of infrastructure (this is to feed and serve the" white master "themselves).
        But these are all slogans, and the truth of life is that good lies underfoot, but nobody wants to get it and sell it in Africa themselves, by mentality Africans are Central Asians in Cuba. You can make them work only with kicks, and even that only poor who have nothing to eat. They will lie under a palm tree, fuck, dance and demand money for the use of their natural resources, about which they did not know anything until the white uncles opened their eyes.
        First of all, Africa needs universal education and the elimination of the usual way of life, otherwise they will remain slaves or die out. And the "West" will come there, it will be kaput without Africa. negative
  23. EdwardTich68
    EdwardTich68 23 November 2013 20: 44 New
    What do we care about Africa? It never entered and will not fall into the sphere of influence of Russia. Of course, you can recall Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia, but this time has passed, the Franks and Anglo-Saxons rule it completely, and
    will steer until the end of time.
  24. VADEL
    VADEL 24 November 2013 05: 10 New
    Well, they would have waved without looking: the pale-faced from America and Europe to Africa, and the black ones to "link" to the north.Ё-mobile. good
  25. mountain
    mountain 24 November 2013 10: 06 New
    West wants Africa
    The West has always wanted a lot, it would have kept its borders.
  26. Alew
    Alew 24 November 2013 12: 31 New
    West wants Africa - Yes, indeed history goes in a spiral
  27. propolsky
    propolsky 24 November 2013 12: 55 New
    Today there is one big authority in Africa - South Africa! New equipment is bought from South Africa (even if it is French development), at the "independence" parades everyone is waiting for the arrival of the South African delegation and they sit in the center of the rostrum, asked the locals in three countries about the United States and Russia - misunderstanding in the eyes (what are you talking about?) , what to say about all other countries! And the Chinese really run some kind of business in every country ...