Disaster on the Benighted Continent

Disaster on the Benighted Continent, by Hannes Wessels.

[In] the aftermath of the Congo carnage following the granting of independence to a lunatic by the name of Patrice Lumumba … the Belgians fled for their lives and the country collapsed into civil war, which continues today.

Independent rule in Zambia and Tanzania was quickly followed by nationalization, the denial of property rights, and those economies quickly crumbling, but mountains of Western largesse poured in, most of which was stolen. Nobody was censured, of course, because the liberal socialists running Europe were on their knees saying sorry for being white.

When Mozambique acquired independence in 1975, informed Portuguese citizens expressed optimism; they were sure that Frelimo, the new ruling party under Samora Machel, would not make the same mistake. He not only made the same mistake, he compounded it, moving expeditiously and sometimes violently to seize all private property. The Portuguese ran for the exits, and in six months, a once-vibrant economy was in ruins. Again, the world, following Europe’s lead, rewarded this zealot with huge dollops of aid.

When Robert Mugabe took over in Zimbabwe, the promising news was that both Samora Machel and Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere had warned their protégé not to make the same mistakes they did; respect property rights and let the Europeans continue to contribute, they told him. … In 2000 he did what he was warned not to do: violently evicted a mere 4,000 white farmers but tore up property rights and destroyed his country. He was backed by then South African president Thabo Mbeki, and the ruling ANC and most African leaders cheered him on. Mild sanctions were applied and a travel ban on the president and some of his cronies followed. Mugabe effectively proved, yet again, that politically motivated “crimes,” as long as the ostensible victims are white, are permissible, and this lesson has been well learned south of the Limpopo.

Cyril Ramaphosa recently came to power [in South Africa], replacing the disastrous Jacob Zuma, on a wave of euphoria. … his opening address included an ominous message that most chose to overlook; “…we will seize land without compensation,” he announced. …

In an interview with Mario Oriani-Ambrosini he was quoted thus: “…Ramaphosa told me of the ANC’s 25 year strategy to deal with the whites: it would be like boiling a frog alive, which is done by raising the temperature very slowly. He meant that the black majority would pass laws transferring wealth, land and economic power from white to black slowly and incrementally until the whites lose all they have gained….” Twenty-three years of ANC rule and it appears Ramaphosa is going to jump the gun a little, tweak that plan, douse the filthy frog in boiling water and be done with him.