Saturday, May 08, 2004

This is a good part from Davidsons book on Guine. He asked the leader about using magic:

"Yes at the beginning amulets and charms, much of that. But now they've learned that it's better to take good cover and shoot straight."

Davidson is a good writer but I suspect he has sanitised the revolt. He likes to emphasise that the military were not given too much importance and that the soldiers were being continually involved in political education. The perspective I have of African armies are that they tend to surge ahead and take things under their control. Davidson stresses that writings from Cuba stress the military too much and that the leaders in Guine disagreed with this and limited the power of the military.

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