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The United States Marine Corps In South Africa? A Look To The Future

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    For instance, any race war fought in this country would be fought between the two major tribes; the Xhosas (Mandela, Thabo Mbeki) and the majority tribe, the Zulus (possible future president Jacob Zuma), if anything. As Max Coleman states in his book A Crime Against Humanity, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings were that of the 21 000 apartheid era-deaths, the majority, 14 000, occurred from 1990-1994. And that was so-called black-on-black violence between ANC (Xhosa) and IFP (Zulu)-supporters as they scrambled for political power. Out of 103 cases of mass murder, the security forces were responsible for only 5 cases during this period. Mandela eventually ordered the South African special forces to calm the situation in co-operation with the police service, as violence continued after the election results were published. The famous 32 Battalion also did township patrols at various times. Which lead to them being disbanded in 1993, under pressure from various political fronts, due to their apartheid legacy and recent suppression of ANC agitators in the townships.

    The author assumes that the war would simply be fought between black and white citizens. Such a situation was assumed by the international media, and is still assumed to be the case due to ignorance of the unique aspects of South African society. Many white influential businessmen and intellectuals supported the ANC in secret, and the majority of their training and supplies came from “white” Russia. Also, the white population in the Western Cape, an area big enough to classed as a country, had white settlers in areas which had never been inhabited by any black tribes except for the minority natives bushmen – who ironically fled to this southern tip after being massacred by the other black tribes.

    The Xhosas mostly live in the East Cape, and Zulus in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The initial idea of apartheid was so to force each culture to remain in such areas, called tribal homelands, which would only house one majority tribe, and to then become an independent country once it had reached a certain level of industrialisation and governance. This was the only cure known for the violence that had engulfed Africa. Lesotho, completely within SA borders, Swaziland, almost entirely within our borders, and the bordering Botswana, and are perfect examples of non-democratic African countries where they have “dictators”, yet none of the chaos that affects the rest of Africa. Botswana currently has the 3rd highest per-capita income in Africa, and had a president “for life”, yet unlike in neighbouring Zimbabwe where the Matabele and Shona tribes fight each other, they have avoided the chaos and regression after attaining freedom peacefully from Britain, and remained neutral during the apartheid era.

    And the only unique thing about the above countries is that they have a only one majority tribe. Thus, the idea was to split South Africa into European-like countries, bordering each other, but having only one ethnic majority group in each area. Looking back though, the white population were too greedy, and wanted to control the industry and such, but that is another matter. The central idea of having each ethnic group inhabit its own piece of land is a very logical idea. As immigration has increased in Europe over the years they have realized that multi-culturalism is very hard to manage successfully, therefore, I see no reason why it will work in a country with 11 languages, tens of tribes, and in what is considered a third world country.

    The idea of a national South African identity was touted by anti-apartheid activists, but do they realize that it’s Western concept, and one artificially introduced in 1910 when South Africa became a union? On paper the former colonies and tribal lands were now grouped under the banner South Africa, but on ground level nothing changed. And how come Lesotho and Swaziland were not included, they are within the same country? It would be like forcing five European countries into one overnight – imagine the chaos!

    Since 1994 there have been around 200 000 – 300 000 murders (according to Interpol over 40 000 murders per year, estimated, as opposed to the government’s 20 000/year figure), more than found in many civil wars and full-scale wars, so we are considered to be in low intensity conflict (LIC) scenario, although I am very sure that the international media doesn’t tell you this. International Genocide Watch also lists the murder of white farmers as a genocide with close to 3 000 having been murdered, often tortured with boiling water or dripping plastic. The result of this is also 10 000’s of already poor farm workers losing their jobs and possibly becoming criminals themselves.

    But back to the original idea, here are some reasons why South Africa is of strategic importance to the world, and why America would even consider stabilizing the country in the near future:

    - A report by Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health Council on Foreign Relations, on the effect of AIDS on Africa and how that effects America’s national security. For instance, terrorists are increasingly using South Africa’s first-world infrastructure, without having to fear proper anti-terrorist measures by the government due to inefficient government. And with a population dealing with a 30-40% HIV-infection rate, maintaining normal business and social structures is becoming increasingly difficult.

    - Less important, but it’s estimated that a quarter of the world’s drugs have been shipped through South African ports since 1994, due to a lack of control. This lack of control also allows terrorists to easily move money around as recently proven when several South Africans were arrested for and taken in by foreign intelligence agencies for connections to the London bombing, Al-Qaida, and other aspects of the movements.

    - South Africa’s term in the Security Council has proven time and again their disregard for human rights abuses in other countries, and their strong anti-Western votes. Their most recent opposition to sanctions against Iran is just one more in a long line of pro-dictatorship votes. The recent break-in at our nuclear facility is also of concern, and they are working on uranium-enrichment projects which could fall into the wrong hands with improper control.

    - Russia’s worsening relations with the West, including their recent mentioning of their nuclear capability. Coupled with the resources located in the North Pole, possibly a 1/4 of the world’s undiscovered oil reserves, which they claim in opposition to the West. The information below is also important in considering the real reasons for South Africa’s war in Angola, and the importance of keeping Southern Africa’s resources and sea routes from communist control during the Cold War. What will happen if Russia suddenly denies the West access to these resources, and force them again to have to rely on South Africa as they did during apartheid?

    “A 1994 United States Army War College Strategic Studies Institute study assessed that "South Africa's strategic minerals production, its control of the Cape route around which flows some 40 percent of United States petroleum imports, its nuclear capability, and the importance of the South African economy to the future economic and political stability of the entire region" make South Africa a definite country of interest.... (Note: South Africa is within the top 25% of "Countries of Concern " identified by the Marine Corps Mid-Range Threat Estimate)”

    Further, regarding the above:

    “According to a paper written by W.W. Malan, Vice President of the South African Chamber of Mines, the United States annually imports more than one-billion dollars in chromium, manganese, and platinum for its industrial economy and national defense. Most of the world's manganese reserves are held by the Soviet Union and South Africa, and these countries own the world's platinum. Together, South Africa and the Soviet Union "...hold some 95 percent of the world's vanadium reserves, 94 percent of its manganese, 90 percent of its platinum group metals, ... and an important proportion of strategic minerals. " – Report from 1989, by the US Navy

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