The United States of Africa

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 07/04/2007 12:00 am EDT

"Before you put a roof on a house, you need to build the foundations," South African President Thabo Mbeki reportedly told diplomats at the summit meeting of the African Union in Ghana last weekend. Others were just as quick to ridicule the summit's declared goal of creating a unified African government by 2015, and it certainly isn't going to happen fast. It may never happen at all–but it might, and it would be a very good idea.

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