Monday, August 29, 2005

Pandora's Wells

Africa seems doomed to failure. AIDS, weak governments, despotism, jihadis, Mugabe, and tribalism lead to famines, genocide, diesease, and poverty at levels that just exhaust the compassion of the West.

And even when some countries have what one would think is a bonanza of oil when oil sells for $70 per barrel, the money just makes things worse.

I can't even imagine the path out of this death spiral for an entire continent. Occasional bright spots in the end seem to be overwhelmed by the surrounding disasters that masquerade as governments.

Truly, it is sad. I have no clue about what we can do about it.