WB, your reply was to someone emphasizing the impact of climate change on drought/famine... if your intent wasn't to dispute climate change as a factor (principal or secondary)... I humbly offer my apology.
No need to be humble, Waldo!
In the heat of debate things often get confused. Socialist seemed to be saying that the West had destroyed the climate in Africa with their rampant capitalism and therefore should give them compensation.
I was pointing out that giving them anything is a waste of time for ANY goal!
Socialist seems to blame capitalism for everything including rainy days. Anyone who has studied the history of Africa can clearly see that it is not that simple.
It's a historical fact that many African tribal chiefs sold their own people into slavery.
I'm not trying to say that historically there never were abuses from western countries, or that climate change has not caused droughts in Africa. Still, those are separate issues. One can agree the climate is changing yet have a difference of opinion if it is caused solely or mainly by industrialization. To deny the power of Mother Nature herself has always seemed arrogant in the extreme to me! Africans have caused some of their own problems, as with deforestation changing local climates.
I feel Socialist is just harping on one note, to the point perhaps of becoming unrealistic. This is not a useful approach to solve any problems.
Edited by Wild Bill, 01 June 2012 - 05:19 PM.