roadbikeRob saidUganda is an impoverished, third world country where ignorance and hatred breeds more ignorance and hatred.
I have been to Uganda, and can say with the utmost certainty that the people there are the kindest, happiest and most INTELLIGENT people I have ever come across in my life. Which is more than I can say about you.
it's also undeniable that the native population has a lot to do with the current situation - tribal distrust and hatred, blind following of extremist religous ideas etc all contributed.
Just because they are in a dire situation does not make them saints.
i never made proclamations of sainthood, however, I did, and will continue, to stand by my statement that ignorance is much more rampant in the west, particularly in regards to African issues, than Africans themselves have towards the West.
Your statement, "it's also undeniable that the native population has a lot to do with the current situation - tribal distrust and hatred, blind following of extremist religous ideas etc," is also riddled with western perceptions of Africa.
It's easy for people to see Africa as barbaric, divided by ethnic, religious, tribal differences, but this is an absurd claim. It ignores... reality. What created the ethnic differences, after all? The Europeans categorized people according to ethnic identity, creating the categories of ethnicity, such as Hutu and Tutsi, and would favour one over the other, giving one ethnic group the monopoly over government and economy; thus creating the rivalries and tensions between the two. This has not changed since the period of formal independence from the 1940s to the 1960s, where development strategies, heavily influenced and coerced by the west, including European and then American interests, further emphasized ethnic, religious, tribal differences.
The Rwandan genocide, while largely viewed as the result simply of "ethnic tensions" between Hutus and Tutsis, was in reality a neo-colonial war between France/Belgium on one side, and the US/Britain on the other. With the rise to power of Museveni in Uganda in 1986/7, he instantly created close ties with Washington. The US, with its ally Great Britain, then sought to control Central Africa through manipulation and support to a particular ethnic group in the region: the Tutsis.
Museveni was helped to power with Rwandan Tutsi exiles, who were then sent to the United States to be trained at US army bases in special forces insurgency training. The US and UK began heavily financing Uganda, bringing in the World Bank and IMF, which were responsible for managing Uganda's finances; and began heavy arms sales to Uganda; including direct financial aid and military equipment and training to the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), based out of Uganda.
On the other hand, France and Belgium financed and supported the Hutu government of Rwanda. Rwanda was a monoculture economy, meaning its economy rested on the production of one commodity, coffee. This itself, is a relic of imperialism, which imposed monoculture, export-oriented economies on African nations to serve the empires. When world coffee prices collapsed in the late 80s, so too, did Rwanda's economy. Thus, the World Bank and IMF were brought in with their Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) to "restructure" and "manage" Rwanda's expenditures, including financing the military. France and Belgium then heavily armed and financed and trained the Rwandan Army and Interhamwe.
In 1990, the RPF launched an invasion of Rwanda, sparking the civil war, which lasted until 1994. Throughout the entire civil war, the RPF was funded and trained by Americans, through their proxy state of Uganda. All the while, the US was "mediating" the Peace Process, which continually favoured the RPF, and applied further pressure on the Rwandan government, which was disunited and fractionalized. The peace process itself, The Arusha Accords, helped to exacerbate the issues. Meanwhile, the IMF and World Bank reforms under the SAP included privatization, deregulation, control over the central bank went to the IMF, which ordered devaluation of the currency, to encourage foreign direct investment. However, the result was that overnight, mass layoffs from state-owned industries took place, and the prices of essential commodities such as food and fuel rose drastically, furthering the ethnic tensions within the country.