"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

7.25.2006

funny how they say that some things never change

So Congo is having an election on Sunday. Just about everyone I know who "does Africa" is there, and I'm wishing I were, too. Kindof. You read stories like this and think, hmm, maybe not. I'm not too optimistic about the elections. The elections will happen, they won't be free or fair, but the U.S. and everyone else have pre-determined that they will be good enough. And there's something to be said for that. You don't get democracy overnight anywhere in the world.

And then there's the aftermath, which is way more important than what happens on Sunday (when Kabila will win). Everyone who has something to lose from elections, a real transition to democracy, and an end to the violence has kept an army. It doesn't take an Africa expert to tell you what that means.

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