Saturday, July 16, 2005

Live 8 did little for Africa

Somehow I missed this great op-ed in Friday's Times which said that while millions worldwide enjoyed the "Live 8" concerts that raised awareness of the plight of the African people, not one performer said anything about introducing democracy to the continent.

It's a great point. We're in the middle of the War on Terror, trying to help democracy flourish in Iraq, and POTUS spoke about the American value of spreading liberty and freedom during his second inauguration address just six months ago. Why did G8 focus only on health, poverty, and famine while completely overlooking the systems of government that are in place?

The authors make some excellent points and while it's unlikely to change anything and we'd might as well try to eradicate AIDS, poverty, and famine on the continent before we try to change their governments, it is definitely something to keep in mind.


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