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[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Much like UNITA, which was led by the CIA's pet warlord Jonas Savimbi, the FNLA was part of the two-pronged attack by the US engineered to manufacture conflict in the resource-rich region under the guise of fighting the "communist threat" in the great theatre of the Cold War.
In Angola, the Soviets backed the Marxist MPLA, so America sponsored the Africanist FNLA, with the intention of bleeding the Russkies of money and determination.
22) But in a country with Angola's history, where the consolidation of national identity has been achieved through twenty-five years of warfare against armies--those of Zaire, of Holden Roberto's FNLA, South Africa and UNITA--that were all, in one way or another, supported by the United States, Jaime Bunda's absorption of US models is ideologically charged.
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