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Passing the Baton Between Empires – “Anthills of the Savannah”. Chinua Achebe 

September 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Colonialism, History, Power, Security Policy, Totalitarianism, War, WW2

After a long career of subduing savages in distant lands they discovered the most dangerous savage of all just across the English Channel and took (Churchill) on and brought him to heel. But the effort proved too great and the cost too high, and although they acquitted themselves with honour they made sure that they would not be called upon to do it again. And so they anointed the hero of their dazzling feat the greatest Englishman who ever lived, dumped him at the polls and voted Clement Attlee in. Whatever fear the ghost of British imperial vocation may still hold over the world’s little people was finally removed when a renegade Englishman and his little band of thugs seized Her Majesty’s colony in Rhodesia and held it for thirteen years. No, the English have, for all practical purposes, ceased to menace the world. The real danger today is from that fat, adolescent and delinquent millionaire, America, and from all those virulent, misshapen freaks like Amin and Bokassa sired on Africa by Europe. Particularly those ones.

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