Monday, November 12, 2007

Say no to Africom!!

This an article from the Website The Nation.

I actually read about this earlier in one of the African news paper they sell in Atlanta. I have a friend in the army who says that the military has been quietly recruiting black soldiers to "volunteer" to go over with extra pay and bonuses. I guess they USA doesn't want to rehash memories of colonialism. From what my friend says they already have a base over there this just the prequel to a "surge". This is wrong on so many levels. This taking the war to the terrorist mess is actually taking it to other nations. The military is a target that the terrorist are following all around the world and innocent people will be caught in the cross fire.
Believe me you this is about Oil and terrorism and the nations of Africa will be very foolish to let the US set up shop in there back yard.

Say No to Africom
Danny Glover & Nicole C. Lee

With little scrutiny from Democrats in Congress and nary a whimper of protest from the liberal establishment, the United States will soon establish permanent military bases in sub-Saharan Africa. An alarming step forward in the militarization of the African continent, the US Africa Command (Africom) will oversee all US military and security interests throughout the region, excluding Egypt. Africom is set to launch by September 2008 and the Senate recently confirmed Gen. William "Kip" Ward as its first commander.

General Ward told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Africom would first seek "African solutions to African problems." His testimony made Africom sound like a magnanimous effort for the good of the African people. In truth Africom is a dangerous continuation of US military expansion around the globe. Such foreign-policy priorities, as well as the use of weapons of war to combat terrorist threats on the African continent, will not achieve national security. Africom will only inflame threats against the United States, make Africa even more dependent on external powers and delay responsible African solutions to continental security issues.

The US militarization of Africa is further rationalized by George W. Bush's claims that Africom "will enhance our efforts to bring peace and security to the people of Africa" and promote the "goals of development, health, education, democracy and economic growth." Yet the Bush Administration fails to mention that securing and controlling African wealth and natural resources is key to US trade interests, which face growing competition from China. Transnational corporations rely on Africa for petroleum, uranium and diamonds--to name some of the continent's bounty. West Africa currently provides 15 percent of crude oil imports to the United States, and that figure is expected to rise to 25 percent by 2015.