|Africa News Digest
Anglo-American Economic Genocide Policy for Africa Finally Becomes News
Genocide in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has surfaced in the press again with an article in the Jan. 7 issue of the London Guardian reporting on a story in this month's Lancet medical journal. The Lancet is just now publicizing a study by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) completed over a year ago in December 2004, which documents that the worst case of ongoing genocide anywhere on the planet has been in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
EIR first drew attention to the effects of "economic genocide" in an article published in the Dec. 24, 2004 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. The IRC study, entitled, "Mortality in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Results from a Nationwide Survey," painfully documents 3.8 million preventable deaths of the Congolese people in excess of normal mortality over the six-year period from 1998-2004. As EIR wrote in 2004: "Only the Nazi-implemented Holocaust against the Jewish people was more horrific, although the number of deaths in the DR Congo may turn out to be greater."
According to the Lancet, "The IRC study shows conclusively that these almost 4 million deaths in the DRC from 1998-2004, were 98% civilians, who died from lack of food, clean water, and minimal health care. Much of the analysis of this report, and others preceding it, start from the acceptance of a baseline crude mortality rate, CMR, which is the number of deaths per 1,000 people, per month. It is from this figure that excess deaths are determined. The CMR for sub-Saharan Africa is 1.5. That means it is considered normal for 1.5 human beings to die every month per 1,000 members of the population. The mere acceptance of this figure for hundreds of millions of Africans living in this region, already indicates how degenerate our culture has become, What the recent IRC report tells us is 1,000 people die in the DR Congo every day above the CMR."
Nor should anyone fool himself that the causes of death are simply the war. According to the IRC study, a large proportion of these excess deaths were those of civilians killed by disease and malnutrition.
The Policy Is Genocide
Genocide is defined as the deliberate and systematic extermination of a national or racial group.
What the IRC study shows, is the intended effect of a decades' long deliberate policy to reduce the indigenous population of sub-Saharan Africa, with the DRC being the most extreme case. Henry Kissinger articulated this policy in 1974 in his infamous National Security Study Memorandum 200 (NSSM 200), which outlined the need to prevent the population in the "Third World" from "using up" their valuable resources, which the West believed it had a right to steal. NSSM 200 advocated using the withholding of food as weapon to coerce these poorer nations into population-reduction measures. Today's wars, starvation, and spread of disease, highlighted by the killer HIV/AIDS are the means for population reduction today. No one but Lyndon LaRouche has had the courage to identify Kissinger's policy for what it really is: Genocide.
"Why is the world instead focussed on Darfur, Sudan, screaming about genocide by the Khartoum government, when the conditions in the DR Congo are orders of magnitude worse?" This question is even more relevant today than it was in 2004.