Sister River dreams of the day when when young gangbangin' brothers will turn down any offer that seeks to destroy our communities, no matter the price tag to get the job done. I dream of a day when Africa will no longer stretch forth her mendicating arms, begging for the world's help, beseeching China, and other world powers to help do for Africa what Africans could do for herself, and her people. I get so tired of African nations beseeching the world for help, because I know that she will never get the help from others that she seeks. Each and every deal she makes with the devil ensures her continued slavery to the world powers. When will she learn that lesson. It truly makes one wonder if all of the stories of African glories past are just a bunch of wistful distortions and imagninings of our historians and soothesayers. How do a people who built civilizations as grand as we purport, get dragged down so low as to lose complete self-confidence in their ability to build such civilizations once again? With their culture still in tact, and their languages and Gods never lost to total acculturation, Africans SHOULD demonstrate the ability to rise, again, from the ashes of ruin - and without the help of those who robbed her blind in the first place. ...but I think we are a people who want the easy way out. We want what the European has NOW, and the only way to get what the European has NOW, is to be strong and powerful enough to TAKE IT FROM HIM. As we are not strong and powerful enough to take what we want, we must resign ourselves to the excruciating task of slowly building, brick-by-brick, our own AFRICAN INSTITUTIONS, and we must resign ourselves to not making excuses. As long as you got this man in your backyard, stealing your potential oil profits out from under nose because YOU failed to invest in the kind of industrial education that would make it possible to build your own oil wells, you got a built-in EXCUSE to keep him there as your safety net. When we feel CONFIDENT enough to let him go, then all of these complaints about him and his CIA will cease to be heard, because he simply wont be around. For now, though, I am so tired and exhausted with Africa's problems. I know that they are solvable, but at a price and a sacrifice Africans seem unwilling to make. If Africans are unwilling to solve the problems of the continent, though, others like China and the United States, will be more than happy to "HELP" her solve theirs.