"The US empire is at war with humanity," an American writer and political commentator says, adding that it wants “to keep things exactly as they are, which is the last five hundred years of wealth flowing up to them.”
Daniel Patrick Welch made the remarks in an interview with Iran’s Arabic-Language channel Al-Alam this week while commenting on Washington's quest for control over Africa and its resources and the challenge China presents to it.
“The fact is that when China announced its Belt and Road Initiative, it included circling the entire world, because China, in the last, say, twenty years, has made unbelievable, incredible, leaps and bounds results in technology, in infrastructure, in construction—all sorts of things that are needed in Africa very specifically because it was underdeveloped for so long by its colonial masters,” said Welch.
“For the last two, three, four hundred years. And so it makes perfect sense that one of the places—and it is one of the places—that China would offer its assistance to, would be Africa. It’s completely logical,” he added.
Question: Why is China taking the initiative, and preceding the United States on the African continent?
Answer: Yes. It is amazing that it is happening, and that all of these things are happening together is just incredible: the meeting this week between Comrade Xi and President Putin in Moscow; the recently brokered deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It just takes the place of the US. Why China? Why not?
The US has not only failed to bring about the kind of development that it is promising, but it has used it to its own advantage. There is nothing in the US goals that comes even close to what China says it wants to do: Comrade Xi said flat out today that “the ultimate goal of modernization is to realize people’s free and comprehensive development.” That’s what it is. And he was speaking to world political parties. He says that they should focus on people’s aspirations for a better life, and further progress of civilization—to strive to achieve material abundance, political integrity, cultural-ethical enrichment, social stability and pleasant living conditions.” Just as is. That is an absolutely upfront announcement of why China is doing what it’s doing. And the fact that it meets this “rivalry”—or rather, opposition—is because the US and its European vassal states has its teeth and claws in Africa going back to Portugal in the 1400’s. I mean, there is an endless stream of history of colonial atrocities. Whether you’re talking about NATO helping to kill Patrice Lumumba, or the ten million people that were murdered in the Belgian Congo by King Leopold’s government… you run out of time when you count those.
Question: So we can say that the United States has not done enough with regard to the African continent. Do you think so or not?
Answer: No. Like I said, not only has it not done enough. It has done the ‘opposite’ of what is necessary for the African masses, as it has all over the world. The US empire is at war with ‘humanity’. They want to keep things exactly as they are, which is the last five hundred years of wealth flowing up to them. The Africans know it, China knows it, Russia knows it, Asia knows it, South America knows it—everybody knows it.
Eighty-five percent of the world’s population lives outside the press bubble that Washington uses to get its own message across. And it’s just too late. It is absolutely too late for them to insert their narrative and get heard on the opposite of the truth. After so long.
Question: Do you agree with the report that comes from Black Agenda Report that the US is shooting itself in the foot in Africa?
Answer: Yes. I agree with it completely. I think it’s dead on. And the US continues. It’s like it has a jackhammer, and keeps hammering all over its own feet. I don’t understand the rhetoric and the narrative that they are trying to portray. It always comes with a religious component, like sending evangelicals to Uganda; like dragging people along with their own foreign policy agenda. Look at this: when there are these huge protests in Mali and Burkina Faso and people are flying Russian flags—just like they did some in Haiti. Do you really think that you have the right agenda to try to put Russia on trial? And that people are going to follow you economically? It is stupid. It really actually is stupid. It just doesn’t make any sense. And the same thing goes with the ICC. They manipulate the ICC, which they don’t even sign on to, which has only accused."
“African” leaders. “Only” African leaders, by these Europeans. Up until now, when they go after Putin. It’s like they have the script. And they’re reading from that same script over and over again, despite the chaos and the death that it has thrust on Africa. And they think somehow that the results are going to be different.
Question: Is America ready to impose its policies on Africans? Do you think Americans are ready to do that or not?
Answer: I think that the underlying concept of “taking them seriously” just hits at the heart of 500 years of history. The point is, they have—at basis—a white supremacist argument. They have never accepted Africans as equals, and they have never taken them seriously. Do you really expect people who can see a nuclear bomb—or rather a chemical bomb—going off in a village in Ohio ironically called East Palestine, from the Norfolk Southern train cabal…to expect that they are going to compete with China, who spent four billion dollars each to build a railroad in Kenya, from Nairobi to Mombasa, which was the biggest infrastructure that Kenya had taken on since its independence in 1963. Or the one from Addis Ababa to Djibouti, in Ethiopia. And they had to work with them about the debt, about how it was going to go. All problems that have to do with development and debt, that are not what the Americans try to say: “Oh, it’s a Chinese debt trap! Oh there are problems.” There are problems everywhere that have to do with employment, that have to do with repayment, that have to do with all the consequences of modernization. What Xi said, again, today, “will better address people’s concerns and meet their diversified needs.”
Question: Do you think that the Africans need to go along with all of the three powers: Americans, Russians, and Chinese, or choose just one of them. What do you think?
Answer: I don’t think the Russians and Chinese care. And the Americans do. And that’s the problem. America wants their economic investment to go hand in hand with their geopolitical goals. And like I said, Comrade Xi just says flat out, modernization should just address people’s concerns and meet their diversified needs. Why? Why does America have to say this ‘We don’t understand the needs of Africans.’ Like it’s some exotic zoo animal or something? These are people. People who (in some cases) are starving. People who are poor. People who don’t have railroads. All these things that modern societies have developed. “Because” they have been used for profit for centuries. It is crystal clear. And some people can see it, and some people can’t. And it may take some time. They are used to being subjugated by the Europeans. They have a lot of longstanding agreements that they have to comply with, or abrogate, or whatever. So there is the devil you know versus the devil you don’t know. I’ve seen this through family connections in East Africa that there is this kind of thing “well, you know… we know the English.” My attitude is Ha! You know the English? You’ve suffered a lot under the English. But time will change that.
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