"The tragedy of Africa is that the African man has never really entered history. The African peasant has known only the eternal renewal of time via the endless repetition of the same actions and the same words. In this mentality, where everything always starts over again, there is no place for human adventure nor for any idea of progress"--Nicholas Sarkozy, the new French president in a speech to Africans in Dakar, Senegal, on 26 July 2007. This might appear late in the day, but, due to our annual mid-year break, our last issue (Aug/Sept) missed Nicholas Sarkozy's arrogant speech at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar on 26 July. Sarkozy is a new president indeed! How else would a man of his standing exhibit such impudence on African soil and still think he can get away with it? But if you equate new with inexperience, elementary, even childish, you begin to feel sorry for a man who exhibits such low educational acumen as Sarkozy did in Dakar. But let's leave the French man for a while and move to other things first.
In early September, my attention was drawn to an article on a new book on President George W. Bush. "Bush tells biographer: 'I do tears', was the headline of the article. Ah, these Americans, they have a way with words. George W does tears! Well, we can send him more empty barrels to hold his tears, considering how many people his bombs have killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world, not forgetting the suffering and death that his country's (and its allies') political and economic policies (via the IMF, World Bank, WTO, UN, etc) have done to many countries. He surely has more tears to shed. Plenty more, to fill a few Iraqi oil barrels!
According to the article, Bush told his biographer, Robert Draper: "I try not to wear my worries on my sleeve" or show anything less than steadfastness in public, especially in a time of war. "I've got God's shoulder to cry on. And I cry a lot. I do a lot of crying in this job. I'll bet I've shed more tears than you can count, as president. I'll shed some tomorrow."
Poor God! How can he lend his shoulders to a man such as George W to cry on? With all the cavalier treatment of other people by George W and his country, he doesn't deserve anybody's shoulder to cry on, let alone God's. Yes, God welcomes sinners, but this sinner hasn't repented. But, I suppose, as a "born-again Christian" or so he claims, George W can hang on to God's shoulder for as long as he...