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Title: The imperial agenda of the US's 'Africa Command' marches on
Post by: News on June 14, 2012, 09:51:22 PM
With mission accomplished in Libya, Africom now has few obstacles to its military ambitions on the continent

By Dan Glazebrook, Thursday 14 June 2012

"The less they see of us, the less they will dislike us." So remarked Frederick Roberts, British general during the Anglo-Afghan war of 1878-80, ushering in a policy of co-opting Afghan leaders to control their people on the empire's behalf.

"Indirect rule", as it was called, was long considered the linchpin of British imperial success, and huge swaths of that empire were conquered, not by British soldiers, but by soldiers recruited elsewhere in the empire. It was always hoped that the dirty work of imperial control could be conducted without spilling too much white man's blood.

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