There was a time when Britain led the world and I believe, in the main, made it a better place. WWII changed that and the Americans came to the fore as a global leader with the power to influence world events to the betterment of many. Thanks to their benevolence and foresight, Europe and Asia recovered from the devastation wrought by war and the world prospered.
Maybe a harbinger of worse to come was the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He took the baton from Eisenhower. Eisenhower was an old soldier, and he knew enough about war to want to avoid it. His tenure as president was one of the most peaceful periods in American history. Kennedy too had been to war in the Pacific as a naval officer and it appears as president, he may have balked at escalating US involvement in Vietnam which was not what the warmongers were planning on, and he was eliminated. Since then there have been some great presidents; Richard Nixon, who changed the world with his outreach to China and extracted his country from a ruinous war in Vietnam, and Ronald Reagan who restored American pride after the Jimmy Carter debacle and who, with Margaret Thatcher, brought the Soviet Union to its knees, ending the Cold War.
Today I look at the leadership of these two countries and feel a sense of despair. Both Sunak and Biden showed their innate spinelessness in their refusal to question the charlatans of the scientific and medical world that triggered the incalculable damage done to the lives of their citizens during the Covid Pandemic. Both now seem determined to do all they can to provoke Putin into escalating the war in Ukraine which may well lead to a catastrophic global conflict.
The ruling Conservatives, once a party sensitive to the interests of the people they led, is presently transfixed with banning the import of hunting trophies from Africa. Apart from worsening the plight of the continent’s wildlife, they do this while their economy tanks, inflation soars, illegal migrants pour onto their beaches, and parts of the nation’s cities are becoming no-go areas. Now the future of this once formidable union lies in the hands of a Muslim of Pakistani descent as First Minister in Scotland, and a Hindu Prime Minister of Indian provenance in London.
In America the entire law enforcement and justice system seems dedicated to incarcerating Donald Trump; as I write he is about to be indicted by a Soros-backed District Attorney in another distressing example of the weaponisation of the country’s justice system. All this while once great cities are starting to look like war-zones, and the president’s own family, despite a multitude of allegations, appears to be above the law. Meanwhile Foreign Secretary Blinken and Defence Secretary Austin are working well together in trying to start WWIII. In this context I look at the actions of some African governments and find some solace.
Many, maybe a majority of African countries, are refusing to buckle under pressure from Washington to condemn Moscow and align with her enemies. Unlike the leaders of the Western World they are wisely pointing out that there are two sides to this tragedy and Russia alone cannot be blamed. African leaders are pleading for peace. Some are asking why Putin is fingered as a ‘war-criminal’ but the Americans escape accountability for the hundreds of thousands of innocents who died as a result of the ill-advised interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria to name only a few.
Across the continent there is a profound reluctance amongst the people, which is reflected in the leaderships, to embrace the ‘new order’ sweeping the West which seems to motivate against traditional Christian values regarding sexual behaviour, gender and marriage. Africans retain a strong belief in God’s place in life and the impact this has on behaviour. They believe God decides who is male and female and reject with contempt the notion that gender is a social construct and something that appears in the eye of the beholder.
While European countries appear sanguine about the ongoing process leading to a cashless society in which every financial transaction, no matter how big or small, will be recorded and monitored, the Nigerians have done us all a favour by registering their fierce resistance to this by large protests against the new regulations while calling for the dismissal of the Central Bank Governor.
While the ‘virtue-signallers’ of Europe and America rant on about the need for a continental hunting ban it is again African leaders who are finding the gumption to confront these people with the facts and oppose this folly. They know too well that unless wildlife offers value in some form to the communities that border on game areas, those communities will see no point in allowing the game to survive and it will inevitably, be hunted and, in most cases consumed. They also know many of the existing game areas are not viable as eco-tourist destinations and are only suitable for managed, commercial hunting. And only if there is a revenue stream created by this sort of activity can the areas be managed and protected. But of course this reality does not suit those whose only motive is to appear to be righteous in the eyes of their peers, so they ignore it and pursue their destructive agenda.
While I have long believed Africans can learn from Europe and America, I am now starting to think the reverse.
 It is noteworthy that it was also in the USA’s economic interests to pressure Whitehall to dismantle the British Empire while simultaneously denying any of the Marshall Aid Plan billions to the United Kingdom.