About two years ago, President Bush promised fifteen billion American dollars in financial assistance to Africa and the Caribbean but none of these billions have been released by the American government, but in the public mind, so much has already been done for Africans some two years ago, to thunderous applause, including bipartisan support, and this is why, there is aid and donor fatigue.. This is why some may have the impression of intractability of African crises or challenges.
What is loudly proclaimed by president Bush for instance, have not been met with concrete actions, they were words, and still remain mere words, words that have not live up to their promises by way of actions! This is how also we must see debt cancellation controversies for Africa and other debtor nations.
Africans and other well meaning people must commend Prime Minister Blair of Britain, U2’s Bono, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown of England, and public spirited persons such as Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University in New York with a recent excellent book on how to end world poverty, the selfless efforts of individuals such as Bob Geldorf and George Soros to name a few, are admirable.
But their efforts are quickly dwarfed and paled by the obscurantist declarations of President Bush, against debt cancellation for Nigeria and others, as he introduced standards and expectations of accountability that his administration in America is unwilling to meet in America or the American colony of Iraq. Bush is setting standards and expectations that Halliburton is unwilling and have repeatedly refused to meet as it does business that are infused and imbued with egregious conflict of interest issues in Iraq, Nigeria and America and Halliburton has unfettered access to the Bush’s White House, which former vice president Al Gore famously called the Halliburton administration!
President Bush has demonstrated a pattern of conscious disregard and disrespect for Africa and people of African descent. He is the first American president in about 100 years who has refused to meet with or attend or participate in activities or events by National Association for Advancement of Colored Peoples or the NAACP, a premier American Civil Right organizations which is operated and headed by African Americans. Mr. Bush has established a pattern, demonstrably so a pattern of antagonizing everything to encompasses African and African American interests, such as Affirmative Action, Debt Cancellations and more and there is a clear connection and pattern, of mistreatments reserved for Africans and people of African descent, it all smacks of smudges of racism, and you do not have to be a fool or communist to see these links!
On January 15, 2003 he indicated his support for a pending private litigation a case that attacked African American efforts to redress historical injustices to people of African descent in America, Mr. Bush has been consistently hostile to our people, in America and outside of it. Would Mr. Bush or anyone similarly have attacked or antagonize the Jews openly without the fear of repercussions or consequences? Most American politicians always try to me more Jew than Jews, for their political benefit, but will be quick to sneer and jeer at Africans and peoples of African descent, including of course, African Americans.
Nigeria and the rest of Africa is always scandalized and maligned in world public opinion, as Nigerian-African abject poverty or HIV epidemic are loudly discussed, without concrete step being taken or intended by the loud discussants, whereas, five billion America foreign aid dollars goes to Israel annually, and whereas, Israel is not scandalized, maligned and ridiculed as a poor, helpless desperate country needing foreign aid, five billion dollars goes to the five million people of Israel yearly from America
Israel has on occasion spied on America, with this betrayal and all, Israel receives financial aid yearly without fail from America, Israel also received more than ten billion dollars loan guarantees, without having to go to IMF and World Bank for the growth-stunting stifling conditionalities that are usually reserved for Africans, neither America or Europe seeks to monitor or supervise or interfere in the domestic or foreign policies of Israel, even as Israel spends its foreign aid monies on weapons or the constructions of an Apartheid style segregation wall of a thousand miles! To separate Israel from Palestinians, and Israel has recently promised to pull out of some Palestinian territories, Israel states that it will demolish buildings vacated by Jewish settlers, instead of letting Palestinians inherit these properties as Israelis themselves inherited properties of Arabs in the 1940s, before, during and after Israel was created on Palestine lands in 1948, the world looks on, askance? As Israel plan to demolish and then leave craters of debris for Palestinians to clean up!
Israel continues its policy of “strategic ambiguity” or more precisely deception and defiance of the UN and the so-called international community. Regarding its possession of atomic nuclear weapons or its capabilities; As it fools IAEA and El Baradei who seem to have special preference for pestering Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and North Korea for atomic and nuclear weapons!
Whereas Nigeria and Africa is frequently portrayed in the most despicable, indigent, abject, desperately neediest of all the world, so agreed by all, so repeatedly described by all, unfortunately, the 880 million indigent, abjectly poor (agreed, to be so by common agreement or consensus) Africans never receive five billion dollars at once, from America on a yearly basis.
All through history, it is as if, they keep breaking our knees, they keep undermining us, as they are then quick to challenge us to grueling marathons, then they proceed to laugh at our heroic efforts, they mock our best efforts just as they neglect to account for the wounds, the festered sores and they remain happily oblivious of glaring scars, revisionist amongst them, revisionists amongst us, devalue and demean our losses through slavery, through colonialism and modern day continued manipulations, when they pretend and insist that we should forget the old because, the old is ancient history, or that we should under estimate the impact of current manipulations and intermeddling, which they say, are inconsequential? Our artworks pillaged by them, still reside in their museums! Our cousins snatched in kidnappings of slavery and dispersed worldwide are the evident peoples of African descent in Australia, Brazil, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti etc
It is time for those who broke our knees to pay reparations, so that we can heal our wounds, cure our festered sores and cover our enduring scars, we will rehabilitate ourselves and compete with their best in the toughest of marathons, we will excel despite their mocking jests and jeers.
They broke our knees, they continue to interfere with our treatment and rehabilitation efforts, as it were, and they proceed to challenge us, mock, ridicule and lampoon our best efforts, in the face of all the obstacles and impediments or odds created and put in our paths. They broke our knees; they deprive us of healing opportunities.
Let us heal ourselves, but even as we do so, we must never forget or overlook the details and glaring pervasive consequences of being challenged to Marathons with our broken and unhealed knees. They broke our knees!