July 21, 2004

"with my faith in the human spirit reinforced..."

MOZAMBIQUE BEATS ALL, By Ralph Peters. July 19, 2004 -- WHAT do you call an African country that suffered under one of the most vicious colonial regimes, was attacked by a powerful neighbor at independence, fought a brutal civil war for more than a decade and was classified as the poorest land on earth?

If the country is Mozambique, you call it a success story.

I just returned from a stroll through Mozambique with my faith in the human spirit reinforced. Forever starved for tales of woe, our media only tell us of Africa's crises — the last time Mozambique made headlines was during the disastrous flooding in 2000. Yet, along with the continent's undeniable problems, there's more than one success story....

In the project of closing the Gap, Africa is a ways down the road. But it's coming. It's coming. We can look forward to the same sneers from Lefties that we hear now about Iraq. Freedom and capitalism and globalization will make Africans unhappy and confused—obviously they aren't ready for it this century...

sorry Noam, you can't outrun the History Train.

Posted by John Weidner at July 21, 2004 7:58 AM
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