Last year, an American Spectator essay ranked Nigeria as a liberal democracy because 52% of its literate citizens think highly of America. Now it features Pat Michaels lambasting the executive summary of the latest UN global warming report for implicit racism in lowballing 21st century African economic prospects.
But one IPCC report reviewer has already quit because , contrary to contrarian Michaels , he thinks climate modelers are on thin ice high-siding Africa's 21st century CO2 output . His essay in Spiked outlines out the deep societal roots of Africa's hundred year descent into being an economic basket case.
National Review columnist Bill Buckley , noting Nigeria's failed election and prospering kleptocracy , asserts that paradigmatic African nation once again " needs a strongman" As eyewitness to some of what its last few accomplished -- mass starvation in the short-lived Republic of Biafra , and the early flowering of Islamic fundamentalism in the sub-Saharan north , I fear the Spiked essayist has something of a point.
So whence Michaels' optimism ? Maybe he's been too diligent in reading his Nigerian email. If the number of offers of vast wealth for the courtesy of a reply I get is any guide , the estimate that 52% of Nigerians love America seem far too low. At least 65,000,000 million of them must spend their days seeking to enrich us all. offering tens of millions of dollars for little more than our account details , social security numbers, a promise of confidentiality and a few hundred thousand dollars for incidental expenses.
This is a remarkable and positive change in attitude-- incoming flak and occasional strafing enlivened my edifying visit to Biafra , but not one offer of a ten million dollar commission for helping to settle an estate. Perhaps the low oil prices then prevailing had a chilling effect on the region's native generosity. Ingenious Texans have since remedied matters ,transforming the Niger Delta from a region of starvation and malarial squalor to one of malarial squalor, malnutrition , and occasional scattered Kuwait Oil Fires. Banning DDT didn't help save this rain forest.
Nigeria's Neronian synergy of kleptocracy and pyromania cannot explain why some there desire to siphon wealth into our pockets and others wish us even more. One , writing on behalf of "The All Seeing Eye , Mr Nick Webb, " offers "a Seat on the High Council of the Priory of Sion founded in 1815 by King Artour. We will also advice that these grant funds awarded to you which amount to $350,000.00 be used to better the lot of man through your own initiative and also we will go further to inform you that the open slot to become a Priory Of Sion is optional."
Maybe I should forward it to Michaels. Since the IPCC high council actively seeks Non-Governmental Organizations to expand its power base , having a State Climatologist should assure a Priory a priori of securing Biafra's vacant seat at the round table.