What Mr. Bush Didn`t Say About Africa

With American troops getting ready to liberate
Liberia, the World Liberator himself descended upon the
continent of Africa earlier this month to prepare the
way. Antiquarians may recall that some years ago,
President Bush`s predecessor, Bill Clinton, also

traveled to Africa
and declaimed

on slavery not very different from those
emitted by the current Liberator this month in Senegal.

Mr. Clinton actually apologized for slavery to an
African audience in Uganda, an abasement that even the
president of Uganda

thought a bit excessive.
Mr. Bush didn`t quite
apologize, but he did wallow in the same moral pigsty of


as Mr. Clinton.

Touring a former prison for African slaves in
Senegal, Mr. Bush

his listeners with his astonishing
display of historical erudition. "At this place,
liberty and life were stolen and sold. Human beings were
delivered and sorted, and weighed, and branded with the
marks of commercial enterprises, and loaded as cargo on
a voyage without return. One of the largest migrations
of history was also one of the greatest crimes of

Readers will note that the president made use of the
passive voice in this passage, a mode beloved of
bureaucrats and defense attorneys for the reason that it
effectively disguises responsibility for the action the
sentence describes. Mr. Bush`s language did not disclose

it was at this place who stole and sold liberty
and life or who exactly did the branding and the cargo
loading. There`s a reason for that.

The president`s reliance on the passive voice was a
clever way of masking that not only much of branding and
cargo loading "at this place" in Senegal was done
by Africans themselves but also a good deal of the
actual stealing and selling. The truth Mr. Bush never
mentioned in his dishonest remarks is that the slave
trade would

not have been possible
at all without the help,
encouragement and collaboration of Africans themselves.

Mr. Bush did not care to call attention to this truth
because blaming Africans was not his purpose. His
purpose was to blame his own country—not other
Westerners who also engaged in the slave trade, such as
the British, the French, the Spanish and the Portuguese,
but Americans only.

"For 250 years the
captives endured an assault on their culture and their
the president whined. "The spirit of
Africans in America did not break. Yet the spirit of
their captors was corrupted. Small men took on the
powers and airs of tyrants and masters. Years of
unpunished brutality and bullying and rape produced a
dullness and hardness of conscience. Christian men and
women became blind to the clearest commands of their
faith and added hypocrisy to injustice. A republic
founded on equality for all became a prison for

If Mr. Bush`s speechwriters had been Lenin, Fidel
Castro and Ho Chi Minh, they could not have produced a
speech that better reflected their own views of America
as a land of repression, racial tyranny, and brazen
hypocrisy than what the president delivered in Senegal.

Nowhere in his speech denouncing his own country for
what happened two to three centuries ago did Mr. Bush
mention the present-day reality of slavery as it is
practiced throughout the African continent, including

Senegal itself.
He said nothing about the
kidnapping, trafficking, brutal treatment, rape,
castration, and mutilation of

millions of Africans today
—not by Americans,
Europeans, or any other white nation but by

Africans themselves
. What he did do was regurgitate
lies about such "heroes of liberation" as "Mandela,
Nkrumah, [and]

." The two last were no more liberators than
Saddam Hussein; Nelson Mandela accomplished little other
than sitting in prison for 27 years for a terrorist
conspiracy to which he

freely confessed
while his anti-white comrades
turned him into a martyr of freedom.

Mr. Bush began his trip to Africa by perpetuating
lies and insults about the past and his own country, as
well as about Africa and Africans. He finished it by
giving Zimbabwean

President Robert Mugabe,
the most (maybe) brutal
tyrant in contemporary Africa,

carte blanche
to continue and intensify his tyranny.
Meeting with Mr. Mugabe`s

, South African President Thabo Mbeki, in
Pretoria, Mr. Bush had nothing to say about the Mugabe
regime and announced that Mr. Mbeki should be

"the point man"
on Zimbabwe. "I don`t have
any intention of second-guessing his tactics,"
Bush beamed. Mr. Mbeki, as well as

Mr. Mugabe
, can take that as a license for further


What Mr. Bush thought he was accomplishing by his
African trip is unclear, but the enemies of America and
of whites and of freedom have every reason to thank him.
No doubt they will welcome American troops in Liberia as
much as the Iraqis do in their country.



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