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Cameron's sermon to Africa another example of Western countries trying to belittle
During British Prime Minister David Cameron's first visit to Africa, which was much shrunk by the eavesdropping scandal at home, he didn't forget to find time during his busy schedule to teach a class on Western democracy and free trade to Africans in Nigeria. He sent a clear warning to African countries: Do not copy
That is to say the Western system is the only choice for African countries.
It is common for Western leaders to preach about the "evils" of
In my opinion, the Western countries' approach, which is to "belittle others to elevate themselves", is not only detrimental to their diplomatic efforts toward Africa, but also fully exposes their envy of booming relations between
Is the West a standard by which to measure the merits or otherwise of a development model? The answer is no. Different national conditions and cultural diversity determine that there is no one-size-fits-all social system or development model. The actual conditions of a nation should be the starting point for putting any development model into practice and its results the sole measure of whether the blueprint is feasible or not.
The West, sizzling, as it does, with pride and prejudice, likes to uphold the Western model of development as the universal norm and disdains any other development models. This approach is the embodiment of its hegemonic and authoritarian mindset, which is actually contrary to the spirit of democracy.
Is the Western model really so perfect? Regardless of the lamentable results caused by the enforced implementation of a Western adjustment to the political system and economy in Africa during the 1980s and 1990s, or the humanitarian disaster that has resulted from the NATO-led bombardment of
Financial crises, debt crises and phone tapping scandals all expose the maladies and flaws of the Western system, and reflect the greed and self-serving character of the financial and media giants who proclaim their actions are in the name of freedom and democracy.
The West is not entitled to teach lessons to developing countries. The huge wealth accrued by Western nations after the industrial revolution was based on the exploitation of colonies. The true intent of their efforts to spread their political systems and development models is not to let people in developing countries live comfortable and fulfilling lives, their real intent is to make developing countries vassals of the West for ever.
Can other nations learn lessons from
This is of course, to a large extent, due to the development road chosen by
Attacking the relations between
In this sense, Cameron, who called on Africans to "walk out of the shadow of colonialism" has continued to promote the West's own "authoritarian capitalism".