In two day, Kim Jong-un will get a chance to negotiate his country’s future in a historic meeting with the world most powerful leader, Donald J Trump. If the meeting goes well, Trump will be coming out with a medal of achievement unprecedented in International Politicking – Making North Korea Great Again.
Nothing will bring more joy than to see fellow humans in North Korea exit decades of hardship (If everything known about that country is true which it’s probably is).
What’s happening between the United States and North Korea is like a suspense movie, however the saddest part of this unfolding real-life film is that the first US black president would have achieved the same medal too, more so in his own ancestral continent – Africa.
Of course I still remember the excitement that enveloped Africa when Barrack Obama was elected the first black president of the USA, an eloquent man of Kenyan decent lording over the white house; the highest seat of power in the world? I mean it was elating, and even for skeptics who wondered how it was possible in the first place, still reckoned the history making of the event.
Nine years later (speed of time), Obama had come and gone, leaving Africa worst-off than it was before he came to power.
What many people don’t know is that Libya under the late Muammar Gaddafi, was the most prosperous country in Africa. In fact Libya had a better standard of living than most European countries, which makes it a pitiable irony that these same countries under NATO, led by a US president who happened to be a descendant of AFRICA, supported and assisted the assassination Gaddafi, and the subsequent destruction of Libya.
Obama had since expressed regret over Libya, but had stopped short of leading another campaign to rebuild that country.
Meanwhile Libya is now a modern day slave market, a major source of terrorist ammunition, and a tremendous headache to an already stressed continent.
Well, by next week, if the US/North Korea summit goes well, then we can reliable anticipate a better future for North Koreans, because investors are already lining up to pounce on what is arguably a fertile ground for business, with a cheap and well organized labour.
Yet it’s very unfortunate, and indeed the saddest story ever told, that the only intervention in Africa by a US president of an African descendants, for whatever good reason it was conjured up, instead left the continent, and Libya in particular a modern day dystopia.