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PostAnother Zimbabwe? Another Venezuela? Reflections on Failed States (from Gary Moore) (John Eipper, USA, 08/09/18 3:48 am)
Gary Moore writes:
Tim Ashby's reports on South Africa and the prospect of "another Zimbabwe" or "another Venezuela" begin to trace out a grim new world map.
The "anothers" can now be factored in with the "failed states" of the 1990s--Somalia, perhaps Sudan, and Wikipedia lumps in Myanmar, Yemen, DR Congo--plus others that suggest refinement of category: Syria, by now dismembered, might be classed with the "barely propped states" (by Russia), along with Afghanistan (by the US), and Iraq (the old US debacle now propped by Iran), along with the ruin of Lebanon ruled by Hezbollah/Shia/Iran.
And where are the holes we rarely think about? Central African Republic? The vastness of Zaire/Congo, with its jungle-reclaimed roads looking like a science fiction movie? How badly has meddling failed in Libya or Tunisia? And Mexico, boasting in 1994 that NAFTA made it a "developing" nation--soon to be fully developed--was only hiding the already nascent drug cartel horrors that by 2010 split the definition: that Mexico was not a "failed state," per se, though within it were "failing states" like its ungovernable Tamaulipas borderland, and the flabbergasting hinterlands of moated towns and heaped corpses.
The full global topography of ruin, perhaps mapped somewhere, also maps the question: Why here, and not there?
JE comments: The Anothers and the Barely Propped-Ups: Gary Moore adds some useful terms to the lexicon of national dysfunction. But why, Gary asks, do some states fail and others don't? What makes Germany Germany and Haiti Haiti? In the long term we're all dead, of course, and it's easy to identify the states that fail--all of them.
I propose we add the "ization" words to Gary's list: Balkanization, Vietnamization, Cubanization. Venezuela used to be described as going through the latter, but now it's become its own abstract noun. Conservative candidate Iván Duque won Colombia's election this June with the promise to prevent the "venezuelización" of the nation (alternate spelling: venezolización). And according to right-wing propagandist Dinesh D'Souza, whose Death of a Nation I saw yesterday, there's only one person keeping the US from turning into another Venezuela: Donald J. Trump.