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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Monday, June 30, 2008

Africa must learn

The conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung opposes intervention in Zimbabwe: "One day when Mugabe is no longer president and Zimbabwe is completely in ruins, people will once more come knocking on the West's door. The alleged exploiters from Europe and North America are always good enough to pick up the pieces. If it were possible even then to be sure that other countries would learn from Zimbabwe's dire fate, things would be not quite so depressing. But that is hardly to be expected. Instead, all too many people in all too many African countries will probably go on chumming up to false friends. Europe and American cannot prevent that, nor should they try. Certainly, they themselves contributed to their loss of prestige in the so-called Third World. But people in the South must learn for themselves that not all the evils of this world have their origin in colonialism."

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