NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
13th February, 1976 : Soviet T-54 tanks, driven by Cuban troops, and backed by MiG fighter planes, are sweeping all before them as they drive into southern Angola, stronghold of the anti-Marxist and Western-backed UNITA nationalist movement. The UNITA leader, Jonas Savimbi, has fled into the bush with his last remaining forces. The Marxist regime in Luanda has now gained control of all the key points in the country, thanks to massive help from Russia and her Cuban ally. It is estimated that some 15,000 Cuban troops are in action. Refugees, many of them sick and wounded, are pouring into South West Africa. One column of them, 43 miles long and estimated to number 100,000, has been observed moving south, with Cuban forces fast closing in behind them. Among the refugees are about 10,000 Portuguese women.
[ .. and forty years of socialism later: “Angola has vast mineral and petroleum reserves, and its economy is among the fastest growing in the world, especially since the end of the civil war. In spite of this, the standard of living remains low for the majority of the population, and life expectancy and infant mortality rates in Angola are among the worst in the world. Angola’s economic growth is highly uneven, with the majority of the nation’s wealth concentrated in a disproportionately small sector of the population.”
“Before independence in 1975, Angola was a breadbasket of southern Africa and a major exporter of bananas, coffee and sisal…”
“Angola scored poorly on the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance. It was ranked 39 out of 52 sub-Saharan African countries, scoring particularly badly in the areas of participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.”
If only Sanders’ voters were bright enough to read this.]