Letter from Patrice Lumumba
to President Eishenhower
To President Eisenhower:
I know that you are a good president, so I hope that you listen to what I have to say. Your troops should be sent back to the U.S. because your country has no right to interfere in our internal affairs. We don’t need your “help” with our politics nor do we want you to covet our natural resources and please do not incite violence in order to be in the Congo. You probably can’t even see that your own country is sliding into severe debt by getting involved in so many other countries’ affairs. Pay attention to your own country!
Again, stay out of our politics. So you believe the Congo is turning into a communist country? Why does this matter to you? It is none of your business. Yes, it might “jeopardize Western sources of strategic raw materials”, but “communist” Congo would minutely effect America. (“Why did…”) “Civil rights activists and students across the South challenged segregation…acceptance of racial equality.” (“Timeline…”) America is transforming into an amazing democratic country that has so many opportunities ahead of them, unlike the Congo. We just want to be free to determine our own destiny without interference. Understandably, “the Congo would be a valuable prize for the Communists due to its size and central location in Africa.” (“Africa…”) It is our choice to become or not become a communist country. The Soviet Union is not a threat to us. Why do you have any business interfering with the Congo except to satisfy your own desires? I ask this question over and over again in my head, and yet I never come up with a reason. But then I thought that there must be some other reason for why the U.S. doesn’t want the Congo to be independent. It can’t just be because you don’t want the Soviets and Communists to take over the Congo. Do you want to take over the Congo yourself? “The basic threat to national security…in late 1937 onward was the increasing probabilities that Germany in combination with Japan might achieve domination over the land masses of the Eastern Hemisphere, wreck the British Commonwealth of Nations, and eventually and almost inevitably threaten the Western Hemisphere with military attack and conquest.” (“The Framework…”) This threat of some other country having control of the entire eastern hemisphere mandated that you to try to dominate the eastern hemisphere as well. You might argue that it was necessary for the U.S. to try fix this power-hungry problem, but, truly, you could have just let Germany and Japan take over the Eastern hemisphere. What effect would this have had on you? Yes that’s right! There would have been no effect to the U.S.! I do know that the U.S. has been accused of being a power-hungry country. You have no unselfish reason to be in the Congo’s politics. Just get out of our country!
Congo’s abundance of resources is not a logical reason as to why you are meddling in our county. Get your natural resources elsewhere. Yes, I know that you will deny that the U.S. needs raw materials. But I know that America is a country of scammers that do whatever it takes to get what they want. A prime example of this is when many immigrants arrived in America, they were scammed: hotels would tell the new immigrants that they had to stay at the hotel for a while. Hotels raised their rates up, just so they could make lots of money. (“American History”) “They also thought that pro-Communist Congo would jeopardize Western sources of strategic raw materials.” (“Why…”) By mixing Soviet power with Communism, you are threatened by the fact that there might be better countries that are more powerful than you already are therefore enabling the soviets and communists to have control of many raw materials in the eastern hemisphere. I’m also guessing that you are especially interested in our plethora of “natural resources especially petroleum and gold”. (Republic…) These resources...
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