Essay about Angola

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In past centuries, Angola was among the areas most-devastated by the slave trade. In recent decades, it has been afflicted with wars. However, in both eras, much of the violence was driven by powerful external forces. This is because Angola, with an abundance of oil and other resources, could develop into a very prosperous country if led and controlled by the right power. In 1975 Angola was released from colonialism by Portugal. This pivotal event in history sparked the beginning of a massive conflict between many of the key players in world power. These key players included the United States, Cuba, China, and the Soviet Union.      After reading three separate accounts of the crisis in Angola (U.S. Senate…show more content…
Hyland, the director of the State Department’s Bureau of      Intelligence and Research, told me that a $300,000 program of      covert support for the veteran Angolan liberation fighter, Holden      Roberto, had been approved that past January by the Forty      Committee... (Davis, 110). Kissinger also noted this $300,000, which was given to Holden Roberto, was the first U.S. aid to Angola.      ...We did not feel that our national interest was sufficiently      involved in the struggle within Angola...therefore, we only      made a grant of $300,000 which, at most, will get bicycles,      office equipment, and aid political efforts of the FNLA... (Angola, 26). This contradiction is most-likely due to the differences in position between the three men. Stockwell was an important CIA official and had access to more classified information at an earlier time.      The second inconsistency I found dealt with the U.S. military support in Angola. Stockwell insisted throughout his book that the U.S. was spending millions of dollars on arms for the conflict.      ...8 million, released on July 27, was allocated primarily for      the shipload of arms
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