Sunday, November 09, 2008

African Guerillas: Raging Against the Machine

     That is the title of the book I was trying to read yesterday.  It presumed I knew a lot more about all the wars and secessions in Africa since 1970 than I did, but I still dug it.  Editors Morten Bøås and Kevin C. Dunn put together some good stuff. For those who don't know, you can get most european characters by looking at a chart of "html entities"

     The most fun part was at the beginning, when they are dissing the people who call African wars "resource" wars.  I had always found this term problematic, but they say (and, to a degree, show) that the claim is absurd and is usually made by people who want to portray the rebels as bandits/theives, so that no quarter need be given.

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