Kipling said those things didn't count when two strong men stood face to face. But ... do they count when two strong ideologies stand face to face...?
id, "On the surface, great progress seems to be continuing. Afforestation of the Sahara, the solar pumps creating new oases, the water purification plants on the Atlantic and Mediterranean, pushing back the desert, the oil fields, the mines, the roads, the damming of the Niger. But already cracks can be seen. A week or so ago, a team of Cubans, supposedly, at least, in the Sudan to improve sugar refining methods, were machine-gunned to death. By whom? By the Sudanese? Unlikely. No, this Cuban massacre was one of many recent signs of conflict between the great powers in their efforts to dominate. Our problem, of course, deals only with North Africa, but I have heard rumors in Geneva that much the same situation is developing in the south as well."
"At any rate, Dr. Crawford, when the rumors of El Hassan began to come into this office they brought with them a breath of hope. From all we have heard, he teaches our basic program--a breaking down of old tribal society, education, economic progress, Pan-Afri
Engaging read that kept me waiting for the good part through the last page. Generally nicely written, but a story of conquest with only the vaguest overview of the conquest itself fell disappointingly flat.
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