I have been pondering on a few things this week, not the ancient world as I have been. This week it is the future.
I’ve been poking my nose in to what America is up to in Africa. Here are some links.
In short, they seem to be building quite a few “small” bases on the continent, focusing on special forces and drone deployment.
I have been wondering, why though? I appreciate that there are a fair few terrorist groups in Africa, including Al Shabaab for one. But this seems to not really justify the amount of resources being deployed there. So what is it?
The tyranny of distance is the terminology used by those with the drones. It is simply too hard for them to get their eyes and missiles in the sky over the areas they want them, without co-opting large parts on Africa. This seems crazy to me and one wonders what the host governments get out of it? Or perhaps they are just happy for some American troops to be on their soil.
Two things I learnt this week
Djibouti is a country in Africa. I had never even heard of this place. Huge US expenditure building a drone and special forces base there.
Quite an interesting progression from the UK making its nationals (eg Bilal el-Berjawi) non nationals and then America blowing them up. Thus handily getting around the whole normal judicial procedure before and most importantly afterwards.