I first want to say its a shame I dont know more about my place of origin when I’m envied by people who have no clue where they come from other than the continent. I’m Congolese, born and raised in the US. When I think about the continuous suffering of my family back in Kinshasa and across the country I hurt. I admit that with the grind of daily life its easy to forget that my blood runs through a place where there is constant war, a corupt government, and a people suffering and fighting for the simplest of pleasures….. but on a lighter scale I LIVE in a place cut from the same fabric. The United States is in war even though our homes aren’t in the line of fire. The United States government is being found to be more corrupt as the moral standards of its citizens are being challenged and more whistleblowers are shedding light. And more and more of our citizens fight for basic needs to survive here. In no way is the American struggle parallel to the struggle of the African, but it is similar…. I can make an argument.
It bothers me that the Congo Crisis even exists. But what bothers me more than the crisis itself is that the US thinks that it can change the crisis by appointing someone in its own corupt government to tackle the issue. Promoting the idea of what we think democracy looks like will not change the situation in the DR Congo simply because its proven not to have changed the coruption here and because its not true democracy. Its known that our government is in the pockets of corporations. Corporations’ main objective is to maintain wealth. One way wealth is maintained is by having the support of the law. Lawmakers are proven to favor the sources of their financial support. Read “The Prince” by Machiavelli. This short book is a guide to how the rich and powerful stay in power and its principles are still used to this day by western governments. So the idea that appointing former senator Russ Feingold to come up with solutions to the DR Congo’s coruption is almost laughable.
If the Congo has any chance in stopping this conflict, it will have to do it with nations exluding western powers. Imagine if the countries of Africa stood together and got rid of the capitalist mentality that was imported by the west? Regardless of what you may have heard about Mommar Ghaddafi he wanted peace in all of Africa, and did a lot of good things for his countrymen in Libya. It wasn’t until he stood up against the United Nation’s monopoly on international governance that his name started to be discredited. But what if more of Africa’s leaders stood up like Ghaddafi and said we do not need the west to control our destiny? What if they stood together and said we can find a peaceful solution amongst ourselves without western intervention? Do you think the conflict would end a lot sooner?
You’d be a fool to think that the west isn’t profiting from the conflicts around the world. While we sit at home watching the character assassinations of world leaders, defense contractors are making big dollars dealing arms and intelligence to war struck lands to keep the conflicts going. They won’t stop until either the people realize they been duped or they are all dead. Whichever comes first.
I love the United States and the freedom we have here. And I hate the fact that my people are suffering on a daily back in my country of origin, the Democratic Republic of Congo. They do need help. But help in the way that they become self sufficient without our aid or influence.
if you’re appointment is a sham to exploit the people of Congo than don’t even bother. And if you really want to help, you can play the background and organize a meeting between the leaders of the African continent, and then fall back even further to let them discuss the solutions to their problems and fix them. But if you try to take the lead, you sir are bound to fail. And you may have the best of intentions I’m not doubting that. I am doubting your objective, to solve the coruption of a government with the moral standard of a corupt capitalist government.
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