Another thread's contents has got me fired up, so I thought I'd start a new thread on the subject of Africa (not the northern Arab bit) to gauge fellow ARRSEr's opinions. As I'm sure you're aware, our very own El Presidente is a champion of the dark continent - so much so, in fact, that he's done f**k all about anything remotely connected with it. I understand that the forthcoming G8 summit will focus on overseas aid and debt relief. Okay then. As long as I've had a hole in my arrse, there's been flyblown, emaciated Africans plastered all over the telly screens. The UK and the west in general must have thrown billions in to that cursed place, most of it ending up in Swiss bank accounts, or funding bloody civil wars. I want to know why we still bother throwing money at it. It's the international equivalent of spending thousands chavving up a f***ed Y reg Astra. Why are we doing this? Post Imperial guilt is it? Personally, I'd like to see all overseas aid frozen, then defrosted and channelled in to sorting the bloody mess out here - before we end up like some civil war-torn backwater of Bongobongloand - or Nottingham. Zimbabwe irks me particularly. If there is any country in Africa that warrants our intervention then this surely is it. Instead, we embark on a folly elsewhere - with questionable motives. Many African countries inherited ready-made nations that were successful going concerns following colonial withdrawal. Some were totally messed up like Angola, but by and large, the countries weâd administered were pretty sweet. Now look at it. Even countries like Kenya â which Iâve always considered politically stable â arenât quite what they seem. So, just what are we throwing Â£4.6 billion at exactly? And whatâs in it for us? Oil? Mineral wealth? I donât think we benefit from it half as much as it does from us. Itâs a bloody expensive tar baby and weâre giving it a right olâ hug. If itâs humanitarian, then why do we allow famine to happen in countries like Zimbabwe â a former breadbasket and model state? Why isnât laughing Bob arrested on his next shopping trip at Harrods? If we really wanted to make a difference then we really could. There are many on the continent who would dearly love to see a return to the stability that colonial rule brought, and the Sudan springs to mind. Simply throwing money at despots is not the answer. Sure there are laudable aid programmes, but all I see is mealie bags and outstretched arms. If we are going to commit ourselves (as a nation) to put things right â spending millions in the process, then surely that money would be better spent forcibly removing ineffective governments and dictatorial rulers? After all, itâs only regime change, right? Discuss.