There has been another letter  floating around the internet in the past couple of weeks.  It begs a response.  Below is a copy of the original “Dear World” followed by my Dear USA.

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Dear World,

The United States of America, your quality supplier of ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to apologize for its 2001-2008 service outage.

The technical fault that led to this eight-year service interruption has been located, and the parts   responsible   for it were replaced Tuesday night, November 4. Early tests of the newly-installed equipment indicate that it is functioning correctly, and we expect it to be fully functional by mid-January. 

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage, and we look forward to resuming full service — and hopefully improving it in years to come.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The   USA

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Dear USA 

Thank you for your efforts.  In spite of the corruption of the U.N. and the showboating of Hollywood, you have done amazing things these past eight years.  I hope in the rush to find the faults and fix them you don’t abandon the great work you have begun.  After years of neglect, you have actually changed USA policy and sent real help to Sub-Saharan Africa, worthy of your role as the “quality supplier of ideals of liberty and democracy.”

Thank you, USA and President Bush, for PMI, your Presidents Malaria Initiative.  It has helped bring the malaria rate in Zanzabarian infants from 20% to under 1%.  It has helped to locally produce enough mosquito nets for every child under age five in Tanzania.  These are just examples of the great good it has done.

Thank you, USA and President Bush, for PEPFAR, the Presidents Emergency Plan for Aids Relief.  In 2003, only some 50,000 Africans were receiving medication for Aids.  Today, over a million and a half receive such medication.

Thank you, USA and President Bush, for your many Mellennium Challenge Corporation investments on our continent.   This program has provided micro loans and school scholarships to help us earn our way out of poverty and to educate our youth for a better future.

Though we thank you, USA, we hope that your new President, Mr. Obama will both continue the policies of his predecessor and further help us to help ourselves.

We apologize for not making our appreciation better known to you, but we have had a hard time getting the ear of your press.  They don’t seem to think it worth their time to write about Africa.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and help.

Sub-Saharan Africa