by BAR managing editor Bruce Dixon
Since the end of the Cold War, under
Democrats and Republicans alike, the US has provided tens of billions
of dollars worth of military aid, military training and arms transfers
to 50 of the 54 nations in Africa. America's militarized foreign policy
has transformed Africa into the poorest and most war-ravaged continent
on earth, with several armed conflicts raging at any one time over the
last two decades, and American arms and training a factor in at least
one of each. It is the militarization of US policy toward Africa that
has manufactured the "failed states" which, like the Congo are ideal
for the extraction of African resources, as well as the desired excuses
for further military intervention.
only solution is the complete de-militarization of all US foreign
policy on the African continent, and the withdrawal of all US bases and
troops from Africa.