To Kinshasa, that is. Following the latest folly of Euroventionism in the wake of post-colonial failures, Germany is going to send one thousand five hundred soldiers to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ever since independence from Belgium in 1960, Congo has been torn to shreds by tribal warfare, badly disguised placeholder wars like the Katanga "crisis" or the Biafra civil war, open tyranny and rivalling warlords who are trying to get rid of the central government. Rich layers of precious ores like uranium, copper, gold and diamonds should be able to provide rich incomes for busily working productive people. Poverty and starvation are ruling instead. Many mines have been closed after 1960, the rest is a bloody shambles. Not anarchy is the problem, but "too-much-archy". All the competing parties are stealing from the few who still can produce, and if they insist on earning their living, their lives are in jeopardy.
This situation is completely insane, not worth wasting a life in order to keep the status quo alive. To the contrary, the sooner this nightmare ends, the better.
Asked, if fifteen hundred soldiers might be sufficient to pacify a country almost as large as the western part of Europe, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellorette (Bundeskanzlerin), had to admit that the seventeen thousand UN soldiers already present can't do the job at all, and our fifteen hundred boys won't either. But they are not meant to. All they have to do is protect the ruling elite and some politicians in Kinshasa. The fall of Saigon should have taught that not even a hundred thousand can do such a job, even if they are ordered to kill and don't wear silly blue helmets.
What fate are our boys facing, Angie? Bombs, disposable terrorists (aka "suicide bombers"), snipers, and booby traps are among the things which creep into my mind first. But there's more to it. Foul water, dysentery, Malaria, jungle fevers of various lethality like Onyongyong (Bone Breaker Fever), Lassa, Ebola, AIDS come to mind. Central Africa, during the colonial time, was called "White Man's Grave" and it still is. So, asides from fighting an entirely useless and futile war, our soldiers, mostly young men in the bloom of their lives, will return home as sick wrecks if they are lucky. These men will be deprived of their lives as productive and healthy, maybe even happy people. Angie, is this worth such a sacrifice?
Our political elite is whining and snivelling about the Germans being the leaders of the red list of endangered peoples. Birth rate in Germany is at an all-time low and decreasing. The next fifty years will see a lot of vacant Lebensraum in Germany with only the major cities and industry areas more or less populated. Many young people see no use in having children. They can't offer their children a world worth living in. Not abortion did this to Germany but politics of failure. In a country where one eighth of the productive population is officially unemployed and another four to five million people on social welfare, what good does it to have children to inherit misery and unemployment?
Angie, before shelling out worthless cures for peoples who eat each others' guts, try to fix our own problems and you'd better hurry. You don't have to do much. Just get out of the way of our people willing to work and produce and don't bother us with stupid regulations and senseless military adventures in countries where nobody wants to see us.
Support our troops — let 'em stay at home!
Ulrich Biele [send him mail] is a consultant in Munich, Germany.