Kofi Annan has trotted up to address the Joint Houses of Parliament in the UK.
It seems he thinks the question of why slavery was tollerated for so long needs to be asked. It is not good enough that Britain gave it up voluntarily on moral grounds driven from a grass roots movement and then used its force of arms to impose that ban. No, Annan has to trot down the compensation pathway. For shame.
Well, how about dealing with the present, Mr Annan? How about discussing the real, present day issues in Africa caused by Africans and Arabs, Sec Gen. Annan? Darfur and the Chinese connection? Speak out on that? Ask Africans how they are treated now by Chinese versus the Europeans before? Ask that.
Africa is in poverty because of Kleptocratic leaders. Period. Africa starves because people are kept in subsistence farming and every time a war or drought occurs their lives are straws in the wind.
Africa needs industrial farming, an urban or suburban workforce and most of all Rule of Law. Kofi Annan delays that process by blame-shifting the here-and-now and instilling a compensation culture. In that he is shameless.