Congo: The Horror Crescendos

congo punch cartoon rubber slaves

Mac Mckinney: In the 1880s, scores of restless, often unsavory Europeans and other adventurers with appetites for quick wealth stumbled into the Congo in response to the colonial call to “civilize” and develop this unknown territory.

Le Roi-Souverain of the Congo Free State

congo river

Mac McKinney: King Leopold II could actually be characterized as an arguable prototype for various 20th Century, disreputable political stereotypes such as egomaniac dictators, racist imperialists, Orwellian Double-Speakers several decades before Orwell was even born

Dahlia Wasfi and the Tragedy of Iraq, Part 4

Women and children in Iraq (Photobucket Commons)

Mac McKinney: As Dahlia has already noted in previous statements in this series, the US Government stepped over into the dark side, as was also done, for example, in Vietnam and elsewhere to try to secure, if not victory at least “stability” in a target country.

Dahlia Wasfi and the Tragedy of Iraq, Part 3

dahlia at the naro

Mac McKinney: The present conflict in Iraq reminds Wasfi of a joke her father told her of Britain’s earlier colonial strategy, “If you see two fish fighting in the sea, look around for the British guy who started it.” It’s the strategy of divide and conquer.

Dahlia Wasfi and the Tragedy of Iraq

Punching through Fallujah with maximum carnage. (Photobucket Commons )

Mac McKinney: These two wars were also interspersed by severe sanctions against Iraq by Bill Clinton in the latter 1990s that led to hardship, impoverishment, even death for countless Iraqis, and through all these destructive events, Dahlia’s and Ross’s lives crossed, and here I was, interviewing them both.

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