“When a Crocodile Eats The Sun” is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I read it some years ago when I was making regular visits to Zimbabwe, the subject of the book by Peter Godwin. Mr. Godwin was born and raised in Rhodesia as it was before 1980. At the time of writing the book he was living in New York City and visiting Zimbabwe twice a year to see his elderly parents. During this time his father was dying and eventually did die.
The title of the book comes from an old Shona proverb. The Shona are the dominant tribe in Zimbabwe. They believe that an eclipse of the sun is actually a crocodile eating the sun. It is a warning of a coming calamity.
The eclipse was on June 21st, 2001. In the following years, Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed, millions of people starved to death and the country was plunged into chaos. This all followed President Robert Mugabe’s decision to confiscate white-owned farms. Food production fell by an estimated 90%.
In Rhodesian days, the country was the breadbasket of Africa; it now became an economic basket-case. In one chapter his mother and a group of friends shared one tomato between them. In a later chapter, he related the challenges he faced to cremate his father – the famine, together with AIDS, had overwhelmed the country’s funeral systems.
Those in the West who still think it makes no difference which ethnic group dominates a country, should study what happened to Rhodesia-Zimbabwe.
This does not mean that every nation that witnesses an eclipse of the sun will go through something similar. But the eclipse seen by Americans last week reminded me of the book – and the consequences that followed the eclipse of the sun.
DISASTER IN TEXAS
Just as some saw the eclipse as a sign of impending doom, so others feel the same way about the disaster in Texas.
If any problems follow the heavy rainfall in Texas, they are likely to be economic. The US is already over $20 trillion in debt, money which has to be paid back at some point. The Federal Government is offering Texas billions of dollars in assistance. Private debt in the country is at an all-time high. Student debt is a bubble waiting to burst. And the only way to rebuild Texas is by borrowing more money.
You would think the world’s richest country would have “a rainy day fund” (no pun intended) but, in fact, we have so much debt, more disasters could easily break us.
RECOMMITMENT TO AFGHANISTAN
A further financial burden that could break the United States is the war in Afghanistan. After promising to pull the US out of America’s longest ever war, President Trump is now recommitting to the fight. His military advisers think the US can win, where no previous foreign presence ever has. We should remember that it was Afghanistan that broke the Soviet Union, both financially and militarily. The US has a bad case of “imperial hubris” if we think it can’t happen here. Afghanistan is not known as “the graveyard of empires” for nothing.
A few months ago I wrote that President Trump had made his biggest mistake, calling for Germany to spend billions more on its military. History shows that decision could be fatal for Germany’s neighbors and others. The decision to increase the military in Afghanistan could turn out to be Trump’s second biggest mistake.
KABUL/BERLIN/WASHINGTON – In light of the new buildup of US troops in Afghanistan, experts are warning of a new proxy war between NATO and Russia at the Hindu Kush. As observers unanimously explain, Russia has been able to expand its influence in Afghanistan significantly over the past few years. Moreover, the dismal results of NATO’s nearly 16 years of war have seriously damaged the West’s reputation in that country. Moscow can now take advantage of this situation and enhance its prestige, according to reports. A former top US intelligence official considers that Russian President Vladimir Putin sees Afghanistan as “one more hot spot, to exercise his influence” and depict Moscow “as the problem solver and peacemaker.”
If NATO and Russia ally with divergent forces at the Hindu Kush, it
could develop into another proxy war, as in Syria. (German Foreign Policy 8/24)
THE ENEMY WITHIN
August 24, 2017National
The Muslim Brotherhood has penetrated every one of our national security agencies, including our intelligence agencies, according to retired Navy admiral James “Ace” Lyons, former commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet…
Meanwhile, Judicial Watch recently obtained documents revealing that the FBI under director Robert Mueller purged hundreds of pages of training curricula related to Islamic terrorism at the behest of Muslim Brotherhood front groups who were unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case….
MORE ENEMIES WITHIN
“Antifa” is a contraction of the words “anti” and “fascist.” It’s a new word that will soon enter our dictionary. It’s very misleading. People who identify with “Antifa” are not fighting fascism – they are, rather, trying to stop conservatives expressing any opinion different from their own. Their opposition to freedom of speech shows that they are the fascists!
Note the following headline from the liberal-fascist New York Times: “Antifa grows as left wing faction set to literally fight the far right.” (8/17) Just as you will never see a conservative editorial in the NYT, their readers will not allow conservative opinions to be expressed by anybody anywhere.
Sky News in the UK is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News in the US. Sky has just decided not to relay segments from Fox, described variously as “right wing” and “extreme.”
Does anybody ever describe CNN as “left wing” and “extreme?” It most assuredly is!
Reminds me of Isaiah 5:20:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!