Monday, July 14, 2008

Bush legacy to Africa: Malaria medicine and trade

from the Washington Post Post Global forum, which is almost universally anti Bush and anti American.

Bush has been generous and kind to Africa, far more than his predecessors. This is an uncontestable fact.

Under the Bush presidency, U.S. aid to Africa has tripled. Trade - the most effective tool to spur growth in poor countries – between Africa and the U.S. has almost doubled since Bush came to power. Under the Bush presidency, the U.S. has also increased its fight against malaria, a disease that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates kills one child in Africa every thirty seconds.

President Bush’s effort to bring peace to Darfur can’t be underestimated. Some say that pressure from his administration, in the form of sanctions and trade embargo, was the force that compelled the Khartoum government to sign a peace deal with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM.)

At the Summit this week, President Bush issued a vociferous condemnation of the Zimbabwean government for holding a sham election and suppressing the opposition. Bush’s call for the Zimbabwean government to respect democratic principles has been loud and consistent.....

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