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July 29, 2003

Let the introductions continue

First of all, great thanks are due to zombyboy for putting this together and allowing me to contribute to it. He's started something special here, and I'm proud to be a part of it.

As for me?

I'm a 28 year old administrative professional from Fresno, California. I have a degree in English and did a short hitch in the Navy, and I know very little about Africa. As a matter of fact, I proposed that I be included in this project on that basis, thinking that it might be useful to have such a person in the group. I'll be learning all sorts of things as I go, and hopefully I can bring a fresh perspective to the discussion.

That said, there are a few subjects that particularly interest me. I've been loosely following the debates over food aid and the introduction of genetically modified foods to Africa. There's a lot of contention there, since the policies of most of Europe and the policies of the United States are directly opposed in this area. I'm also quite interested in delving into how policies on other environmental issues may be helping or hurting the continent.

In addition, I'm a news and politics junkie in general, so look for me in some of the debates over issues of military intervention, the role of the United Nations, and our own role in bringing about a peaceful--and prosperous--Africa.

And I think we do have a role. From a purely practical standpoint, we do have interests in Africa that extend to our national security. We'll be talking about specific instances here, I'm sure, but in a larger sense, leaving Africa to fend for herself is, I believe, a long-term threat to the security and stability of the world.

Beyond that, though, we style ourselves a civilized nation. Our policies affect the world, directly or indirectly. If we do not look at what's happening there, if we turn a blind eye to the suffering and the bloodshed, then I believe we are lying to ourselves about the very things we are most proud of.

I'm very much looking forward to, just perhaps, being a very small part of the solution.

If you'd like to visit my home blog, I can be found at The Accidental Jedi. If you want to e-mail me directly, the address is masteryoder-at-sbcglobal.net.

Posted by at July 29, 2003 07:02 AM
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You guys are going to make me look good...

Posted by: zombyboy at July 29, 2003 02:58 PM
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