While there are many theories and narratives about the reasons behind America’s recent interest in Africa, this article is going to assert a strong case for one main reason: the rich natural resources which exist on the continent. There is a great deal of data and proof to back up this claim about Americas plundering of Africa, which will be explored further.
The general line that is given to people (via the media) is that America is just interested in fighting terrorism and the forms of extremism that exist there. However, few in the media note how many resources exist there (from rich veins of oil to some of the most precious minerals in the world). In terms of the current administration, oil is of particular interest. A cursory look at the natural resources of the continent will quickly show how abundant petroleum is, especially in certain regions. This is clearly a major incentive for the western governments and economies.
History Of Africa And America
It is worth taking a little time to look at the history of Western interference in Africa, and in its interest in the natural resources of the continent. For over a century, the natural resources have been plundered by a number of Western nations. While many corporations and governments were to blame, there is also the case of the corrupt local leaders and governments who have also played a major role: doing whatever they could to line their own pockets with riches. These leaders have allowed their countries to suffer devastation and stagnation. It is wise to get a clear picture of how this process has worked.
Oil In Africa
It should be noted that there are certainly many areas of political unrest, upheaval and instability. For example, the vast resources of oil that are drilled off the West coast of Africa have been hampered by local insurrection. This has led to delayed drilling, and a number of delays and setbacks in terms of production. However, when looked at in the light of the the overall picture, it is clear that the majority of oil drilling takes place off shore. As such, these are isolated cases, which are used to bolster the arguments given by those who want to propagate their own narrative.
In terms of the oil that is drilled of the coast of West Africa, it should be clear that there are major benefits for America, as it is much closer to US refineries. The advantages here are clear: it is much safer to transport it than it would be if it had to pass through certain parts of Africa, which are controlled by local militias or dictatorial leaders. This is one of the reasons that oil in Africa is a major interest to America.
As easily recoverable oil in many parts of the world is seeing a decrease, it is clear that America is interested in Africa. This is what’s behind Americas plundering of Africa. It should be noted that other countries are also aware and interested, so Africa is once again at a crossroads.